From KY Fish &Wildlife Officer Bradley McCoy
A lot of us will drive across town, or even across the county, to save a couple of cents on a gallon of gas. We appreciate the money we have earned and hope to be good stewards of what we have, which is a great thing. However, when it comes to being good stewards of our wildlife, sometimes we hesitate to report suspicious or illegal activity on the water or in the woods. This hesitation can cost us, in our wallets and in our hunting stands.
During the rut, a whitetail deer can travel miles escaping danger or searching for a mate. The big buck you saw a couple of miles down the road in late summer, could possibly make his way into your woods when the rut peaks. However, the buck has no chance of making his way into your shooting range if he gets picked off by a road hunter, spot lighter, or some other form of poacher.
By reporting this illegal activity we increase our odds of a good harvest. Most of us follow the law, spend countless hours and a lot of money to have a good deer season. Those who choose not to follow the law steal our good efforts and our deer that we work hard to attract and protect.
Protecting our wildlife is everyone’s duty. I encourage you to report any form of poaching to the Report A Poacher Hotiline, 1-800-25-ALERT. You can remain anonymous, just tell the dispatcher what county you are calling from and they will contact the nearest game warden to investigate the issue. Fish and Wildlife Officers rely on law abiding sportsmen to be the eyes and ears that help safeguard our resources.
OFC. BRADLEY MCCOY, PUBLIC ADDRESS OFFICER