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Unscrupulous Hunters Caught Shooting Mechanical Deer

Posted on the 11 October 2011 by Mikeb302000
Unscrupulous Hunters Caught Shooting Mechanical Deer
The Houston Chronicle reports on the way some states are going after unscrupulous hunters.
Nighttime deer poachers beware - that shadowy creature on the side of the road may just be remote-controlled.
State wildlife officials across the country have for several decades been rolling out roadside robot decoys to nab unscrupulous hunters, and the effort has paid off with hundreds of citations.
A robotic deer decoy used in Georgia had to be replaced in 2006 after being shot more than 1,000 times.
I suppose the fake deer that was shot 1,000 times was placed in an area where there are millions of hunters and the tiny percentage who took shots at it is nothing. Isn't that the justification used for just about everything by the pro-gun crowd, children who are killed, accidents that happen, CCW guys who crack up, and now those who do poaching?
My opinion is, as distasteful as entrapment of this kind is on the part of the authorities, it's a useful experiment for seeing how many "hidden criminals" there are among hunters.  There are many.  Regular shooters are the same. Who among them has never broken the slightest regulation? Yet, they love to proclaim themselves honest and legitimate, and especially they love to distinguish themselves from the real criminals.
I admit there's a big difference between the guy who'll take a couple of shots at a deer on the side of the road and the stick-up man who robs liquor stores. But they both own guns and they both get them from the same source. The weapons are identical regardless of how law-abiding their owner is.
This is why stricter gun control is necessary. This is why the so-called legitimate guys have to be inconvenienced a bit, they call it punishment, but it's necessary to diminish the gun flow.
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