By Ali Stevens
More hunters are cheating…A local Wildlife Conservation Officer says baiting and poaching for deer prior to archery season is on the rise this year. Dirk Remensnyder talked about the increase in baiting.
Remensnyder said, “One of the things we have come across a lot is areas that are baited for deer, where the archers have their stands over them. Hunters will use bait, whether it be corn, apples, salt or mineral blocks, to attract deer within bow range.”
And he says poaching is a big problem too. Remensnyder said, “It could have something to do with the antler restrictions. Hunters know we have a lot bigger buck out there now with a better antler size. When the people go around and they are starting to see these deer spotting, they get a little jumpy and they want to get that rack. For some reason, they see the rack and lose their logical thought process and do things that are against the law.”
He warns offenders that they will get caught. Remensnyder said, “I have a very strong dedicated staff of deputies and we have been out looking quite a bit. We have found numerous baited archery tree stands. The reason we have rules and regulations is to preserve the wildlife for our generation and future generations so everyone gets a chance at it. Taking advantage of bait and not following the rules of chase, sooner or later, we’re going to get you.”
Remensnyder recommends hunters do the right thing to avoid prosecution and to preserve the sport.