Said it before and will be saying it again, until some harsh penalties are dished out there is no way of stopping this crime. People will always pay for cheap venison and while they do, poachers will be happy to supply
Well, what a timely report to run in conjunction with my thread. As Wingy said, unless some harsh penalties are dished out it will continue and probably increase! They need to lock a few people up, not just the suppliers, but the receivers! Dish out some serious punishment and publicise it widely! Poachers are just taking the Pi55 and there is currently very little done to stop them.
I remember being told by a keeper in the Wicklow mountains " if you see a light it's either poachers or the IRA" and both are likely to shoot you if you piss them off.
tis getting a bit bad alright i know of one fella who sold 170 deer last year not one of them shot in daylight either
the buck stops (forgive the pun) with the game dealers if they will buy deer from anyone at anytime then it'll never be controlled
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