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The 50 Biggest Poaching Fines in History

The 50 Biggest Poaching Fines in History

After four huge poaching busts made news this month, OL tracked down the most outrageous poaching offenses and largest fines in the U.S.
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from heath_4503 wrote 2 years 21 weeks ago

There are three people on God's green earth I have no sympathy for, thieves, liars, and poachers. People who do any of the three have no respect for themselves or the victims of their poor moral fiber. It's a shame since poachers are liars and thieves by default (especially by harvesting record quality animals). Have more respect for the game and everyone’s conservation efforts. "A gallon of sweat will save a pint of blood."- Gen. George Patton

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from buckmeister2 wrote 2 years 48 weeks ago

Why in hell does Troy Allen Reinke ever get to hunt again?? How do you allow a person who does this to be eligible to hunt in five years???? what a freakin' joke of a sentence.

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from TapouT HunteR wrote 3 years 3 weeks ago

I live and Minnesota and was truly disturbed by the news that a world record 8 point buck had been killed. In my opinion the penalties were not stiff enough.

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from dovehunter2 wrote 3 years 13 weeks ago

good job wildlife rangers. (and their help.......us)

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from deerslayer01 wrote 3 years 20 weeks ago

MY opinion is that they didn't get enough punishment for the crimes. It gives all true sportsmen a very bad name, and the anti-hunters more ammo for their cause!

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from Tommy N wrote 3 years 22 weeks ago

I just read an article about a game warden who was killed in PA last week when he stopped 2 poachers who had jacked a deer.
They got caught and one may be facing the death penalty.
A true tragedy for the warden and his family.
I hate to read stories like that.

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from bigbuckjoe wrote 3 years 23 weeks ago

Let me re-phrase and I apologize, I had a tooth pulled today, but anywho: If this is the 50 worst fines, how much poaching actually goes on? It may seem harmless, but if you lean over your neighbors fence and shoot an animal, that is poaching and we, as a hunting community need to hold each other responsible. I have a buddy that will not go near turkeys if corn is around...I got another buddy who let's his arrow fly if corn is in the area...we don't hunt w/ him to often, but we are all adults...teach your kids the right way and we'll have less and less poaching. I think every animal is a trophy if taken legally.

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from bigbuckjoe wrote 3 years 23 weeks ago

This is the "50 worst fines"...how many of these dirtbags get away w/ poaching? It's poaching if you lean across your neighbor's fence, 6 inches away...it sucks, but it happens all the time. Oh, the guy from KY w/ the elk kill..he rode down the street in his S-10 pick-up yelling: "come look at this deer!!!, it's the biggest deer I've ever seen"..that's the story anyway and it was right after the elk herd here in KY started to take off w/ good numbers.

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from occwhittemore2005 wrote 3 years 23 weeks ago

These people that are out there doing this poaching are doing nothing but ruining it for the future generation of our kids. But do you think they care I doubt it, its called Selfishness. Sure there has been times I have wanted to get back at the Michigan Department Of Natural Resources for changing the Hunting regulations in Mi but what good would that do just end me up with more fines and possibly lose firearms also.

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from Montanagyrene wrote 3 years 23 weeks ago

Predicting the future, I see…I think #10 was supposed to read 2009, not 20009…On a more serious note, NICE to see these ‘people’ (can’t type what I REALLY think!!) get what’s coming to them!!

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from AArk13 wrote 3 years 23 weeks ago

It's a shame that these people are taking some true trophies. There is no need for people like that.

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from Big Daddy wrote 3 years 23 weeks ago

I can only hope he had enough time to sire more than a few offspring. To bad some one felt they deserved the trophy no matter how it was harvested.

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from kayak wrote 3 years 23 weeks ago

And I only saw 1 lifetime ban that was for all 50 states, most were for 1 state or only a few and the rest were not lifetime bans.

When nearly all hunters I've ever talked to agree that egregious poachers should be banned FOREVER, why is this even in question?!

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from Tommy N wrote 3 years 23 weeks ago

Isn't this the same guy who was caught in the seventies poaching giant mule deer in colorado????
I still have the issue of outdoor life that did a story on him as being one of the most succesful trophy hunters of the time.
The issue came out in 1971 I think and was done before he got caught....
He should be in jail for a long long time.

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from Buddha12 wrote 3 years 23 weeks ago

Two questions:
1. Why weren't the faces of these felons shown to the world, and
2. Why weren't hunting privileges and guiding/outfitting privileges forfeited for life instead of avg of 4 years?

If they have so little respect for the law, what makes anyone think they will respect it later?

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from geauxlsu wrote 3 years 23 weeks ago

This should be titled "50 BEST poaching fines ever!"
I can't stand poachers!!!!!
It's nice to see they occasionally don't get off with a slap on the wrist in some jurisdictions.

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from deerslayer01 wrote 3 years 20 weeks ago

MY opinion is that they didn't get enough punishment for the crimes. It gives all true sportsmen a very bad name, and the anti-hunters more ammo for their cause!

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from Buddha12 wrote 3 years 23 weeks ago

Two questions:
1. Why weren't the faces of these felons shown to the world, and
2. Why weren't hunting privileges and guiding/outfitting privileges forfeited for life instead of avg of 4 years?

If they have so little respect for the law, what makes anyone think they will respect it later?

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from geauxlsu wrote 3 years 23 weeks ago

This should be titled "50 BEST poaching fines ever!"
I can't stand poachers!!!!!
It's nice to see they occasionally don't get off with a slap on the wrist in some jurisdictions.

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from Tommy N wrote 3 years 23 weeks ago

Isn't this the same guy who was caught in the seventies poaching giant mule deer in colorado????
I still have the issue of outdoor life that did a story on him as being one of the most succesful trophy hunters of the time.
The issue came out in 1971 I think and was done before he got caught....
He should be in jail for a long long time.

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from kayak wrote 3 years 23 weeks ago

And I only saw 1 lifetime ban that was for all 50 states, most were for 1 state or only a few and the rest were not lifetime bans.

When nearly all hunters I've ever talked to agree that egregious poachers should be banned FOREVER, why is this even in question?!

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from Big Daddy wrote 3 years 23 weeks ago

I can only hope he had enough time to sire more than a few offspring. To bad some one felt they deserved the trophy no matter how it was harvested.

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from AArk13 wrote 3 years 23 weeks ago

It's a shame that these people are taking some true trophies. There is no need for people like that.

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from Montanagyrene wrote 3 years 23 weeks ago

Predicting the future, I see…I think #10 was supposed to read 2009, not 20009…On a more serious note, NICE to see these ‘people’ (can’t type what I REALLY think!!) get what’s coming to them!!

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from bigbuckjoe wrote 3 years 23 weeks ago

This is the "50 worst fines"...how many of these dirtbags get away w/ poaching? It's poaching if you lean across your neighbor's fence, 6 inches away...it sucks, but it happens all the time. Oh, the guy from KY w/ the elk kill..he rode down the street in his S-10 pick-up yelling: "come look at this deer!!!, it's the biggest deer I've ever seen"..that's the story anyway and it was right after the elk herd here in KY started to take off w/ good numbers.

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from bigbuckjoe wrote 3 years 23 weeks ago

Let me re-phrase and I apologize, I had a tooth pulled today, but anywho: If this is the 50 worst fines, how much poaching actually goes on? It may seem harmless, but if you lean over your neighbors fence and shoot an animal, that is poaching and we, as a hunting community need to hold each other responsible. I have a buddy that will not go near turkeys if corn is around...I got another buddy who let's his arrow fly if corn is in the area...we don't hunt w/ him to often, but we are all adults...teach your kids the right way and we'll have less and less poaching. I think every animal is a trophy if taken legally.

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from Tommy N wrote 3 years 22 weeks ago

I just read an article about a game warden who was killed in PA last week when he stopped 2 poachers who had jacked a deer.
They got caught and one may be facing the death penalty.
A true tragedy for the warden and his family.
I hate to read stories like that.

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from heath_4503 wrote 2 years 21 weeks ago

There are three people on God's green earth I have no sympathy for, thieves, liars, and poachers. People who do any of the three have no respect for themselves or the victims of their poor moral fiber. It's a shame since poachers are liars and thieves by default (especially by harvesting record quality animals). Have more respect for the game and everyone’s conservation efforts. "A gallon of sweat will save a pint of blood."- Gen. George Patton

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from occwhittemore2005 wrote 3 years 23 weeks ago

These people that are out there doing this poaching are doing nothing but ruining it for the future generation of our kids. But do you think they care I doubt it, its called Selfishness. Sure there has been times I have wanted to get back at the Michigan Department Of Natural Resources for changing the Hunting regulations in Mi but what good would that do just end me up with more fines and possibly lose firearms also.

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from dovehunter2 wrote 3 years 13 weeks ago

good job wildlife rangers. (and their help.......us)

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from TapouT HunteR wrote 3 years 3 weeks ago

I live and Minnesota and was truly disturbed by the news that a world record 8 point buck had been killed. In my opinion the penalties were not stiff enough.

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from buckmeister2 wrote 2 years 48 weeks ago

Why in hell does Troy Allen Reinke ever get to hunt again?? How do you allow a person who does this to be eligible to hunt in five years???? what a freakin' joke of a sentence.

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