Metropolitan Rod and Gun Editors' Assn.
Not a novice who unknowingly took one fish more than the limit. But I would
report a jacker, the guy who uses a light to bewilder a deer at night, or
anyone else willfully committing a major violation of our game laws. They are
robbing our resources and deserve to be prosecuted.
MRS. ARCHIBALD G.
Bryn Mawr, Pa.
I'm tempted to say I would. But would I? I love to shoot, have gone railbird
shooting and have shot pheasant and quail. I also shot grouse from Invercauld
Castle in Scotland. I know how people can be tempted. I'd never violate the
hunting laws, but I couldn't report others.
No. In many cases, the violation may be accidental rather than willful and
deliberate. Suppose a hunter accidentally shoots a doe during a season on buck?
It often happens. However, if a hunter is apprehended with a carcass out of
season, he should be jailed and fined heavily.
Radio station executive
I suppose every sportsman should, but it's not his nature. Would I? That
depends. If he's over the limit, no. If he's poaching in a field or stream,
perhaps. If he's hunting out of season, yes. Out of season irritates me most,
probably because I want to hunt if anybody else is going to.
President of Boys' Ranch
We have that problem out our way because there's a lot of quail and wild
turkey. Hunting is wonderful and the quail season is short. I understand why a
man would bag more than the limit. I dislike reporting him, but the game warden
always gives the birds illegally shot to our kids.
University of Maryland
It's difficult to answer that question. Suppose the violator happens to be a
good friend? It can happen. If he were a friend, I'd probably remonstrate with
him. How could I report a friend? Sure, there's no excuse for things like
shooting out of season, but a lot of people do.
Acting editor, N.Y.
I did once. This man shot seven deer before the season. He didn't need them,
either. That hurt me more than the illegal shooting. I've seen violations that
may have been unintentional, and I haven't reported them. You have to use horse
sense, like a cop does with traffic violations.
MORRIS R. VOLCK
New York City
I don't think I would report him. The states have game wardens for that purpose
and that's why game wardens are sometimes so unpopular, an unpopularity I
wouldn't like to share. After all, although a man has violated a game law, it
isn't as if he had violated a criminal law.
MRS. CAMILLE M.
I should report him, but I'd be considered a tattletale. My friends might not
like that, and we'd hear about it on Guam where my husband is stationed.
Anyway, I'm told some game wardens let the local inhabitants hunt out of
season. If that's true, why should I report a violation?