I have posted this else were so fell free to move on if you have already read this post.
I shot a doe on Friday night near my boundary; the doe ran, my shot turned out to be a bit far back; it was a quick freehand shot in a tight ride. Any way I put the tracking collar on my GWP took her to the paint and pins and gave the command “find the deer” the deer was tracked to about a 150yrds into my neighbours land.
I went and dragged the deer back to “my” land and did the grallock and dragged it to our forest track to fetch it latter with the 4X4.
I didn’t think much more about it, and meet up with my brother and mate at last light, we went for a curry. Driving back from the curry house my wife rang and said the police had come looking for me.
Once I got home I rang the Police with the telephone number they had left, it was now about 10:30pm. They were back at my house within 15 minutes. They explained that they had been called by a syndicate member of the land were the deer had run on to, he reported a dog matching the description of mine was seen accompanying a man dragging a deer off their land towards mine, they had seen my 4X4 in the lay by and hence why they were there.
I explained what had happened and the officer wrote this down in his note book, he said he would talk to the other syndicate and then would get back to me.
I sympathise with the lads next door as if they only saw me dragging a deer of there patch with out knowing the full story I guess they would have a right to feel p***ed off.
One last point what do you think is best to do with your rifle in these situations leave it unattended on your own land bearing mine you might need it to dispatch a wounded deer, or unload it and take it with you and only load it to do the deed if necessary.
I don’t believe I did anything wrong but what does the rest of you lads think.
Thar the poacher.