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Poacher is the Hunter’s “N” Word

January 29, 2017

I’d like to speak to you about the word “POACHER”.

Yes I spelled it in capitols because that’s the way its noted in public. I think its very important for hunters to stop using the term loosely. When you spot hunters flushing birds or driving deer on a property that’s posted “No Trespassing” have the decency to ask if they acquired permission before telling others he or she is a POACHER. Stop calling good friends “Ole POACHER”.

The overuse of the word has a negative effect on our community as a whole. After all “POACHERS” are just “HUNTERS” who refuse to follow the rules. All poachers are considered hunters and the stigma is also reversed back to all hunters are poachers.

I can’t come out of the woods wearing camouflage without someone asking what I was hunting because deer season is over. Nothing I was just birding today as the lack of gun and camera around my neck would indicate. Even when I am hunting and have all my licencing, permits and tags one shot is all it takes for someone to call authorities to come check my credentials to see if I’m poaching.


The animal rights community loves this term. After deer season, dogs and coyotes carry pieces of carcass legally disposed of in the field to open areas where non-hunters find them. It must be POACHERS! Ice flows in a river kill several diver ducks but they must have been shot out of season by POACHERS! Anyone one wearing camo nearby is now suspect because we know they hunt. POACHER is quickly becoming the new “N” word meaning anyone who fits the description should be treated with caution because they are cut from the same thread. There is no demographic that deserves to be suspect due to the actions by others sharing the same demographic be it colour, race or what they eat for dinner. However, the more that accusation is made, the more believable it becomes that that community can’t be trusted.

I am a hunter and I despise POACHERS just like any ARA does but the number of actual poachers in the hunting community is few and far in-between. It’s important for us all to correct anyone using this term out of context or in an ignorant fashion. Yes POACHERS are hunters but hunters are not POACHERS but the association is impossible to avoid so restricting the use of the term to actual accounts is important.


Just because there are animal remains doesn’t mean they were put there illegally. The law requires us to return the parts of an animal we do not eat to the places those animals reside so coyotes and other recyclers can do their job and prevent spoil and waste. Urban recycling programs do not accept these items in the green curbside bins. Slob hunters throwing from parking lots still in a garbage bag don’t make us look any better.

Just because there is gunfire in the distance doesn’t mean they’re shooting at wildlife that’s out of season and anyone injuring an animal for fun is NOT a poacher. They’re a serial killer in the works because even poachers eat their kill. It is more important than ever before to behave professionally in the field. A good way to stop poaching is to end hunting altogether and that’s what animal rights leaders are hoping for.

Lets treat POACHER like the “N” word for now on and no that doesn’t mean calling your hunting partner your “poacha”. It means it’s a very strong word that should never be used because it reflects badly on the person using it, the person its being used on and the hunting community as a whole.


An Introduction; Hello I am Wildniagara

January 16, 2015

I was born in 1968, Paul McCartney is still my favourite singer and I’ve been sprayed with DDT’s while playing beneath the large elm trees in West St Catharines. I hunt, fish and love photographing all things wild. I remember the foam on the Root Beer River, beaches full of dead alewives and the spewing of pollution from the industrial sector before the worldwide environmental awakening. My biggest fear? It’s that this awakening was only the beginning of a cycle that we will see the end of in my lifetime.


People latched onto the environmental movement like a hockey team on a winning streak. Like anything popular there are those who only see dollars signs and were quick to paint their products green. Manufacturers put their product in containers using less paper and then deemed it environmentally friendly. The same soap was going into our lakes in the same amounts but because it was “concentrated” and used less packaging it was labelled green(er) and we bought it.
In most cases we didn’t start making products greener at all, we just moved the manufacturing sector offshore where we could no longer see or smell it. We think we have made headway in the way our consumerism impacts the earth but really all we’ve done is shift impact from one place to another. We really haven’t “reduced” our consumption or our impact.
Ex: Most people think electric cars are the answer and if you’re not pushing the accelerator the car is not producing emissions. The answer in fact is the opposite. When an electric car is idle it is plugged in. That plug leads to transmission lines which are losing energy as it is fed by power plants that burn coal, gas, nuclear fuel or impeding fish migration. Have you given thought to the danger a firefighter faces while fighting a fire involving an electric car or what the batteries are made of and where do they go when millions of them come to the end of their lifespan?
Enter the militant environmentalist loyal to whatever David Suzuki said or what the scientific report said. I still haven’t seen the entire “Inconvenient Truth” because Al Gore puts me to sleep every time I try to watch it. We know manufacturers can stretch the truth as can scientists with bias agendas perhaps hired by a corporation or a special interest group trying to stop development.
The constant constraints on development and manufacturing are creating job losses that affect all people including those riding the green band wagon. The power given to those in charge of protecting the environment is excessive and the unwillingness to negotiate by these agencies has many frustrated. Green belt legislation, the Clean Waters Act and the Species at Risk Act are stealing land and property rights from the farmers that keep us fed.
If we don’t stop opposing all progress and welcome it here at home where we can watch it and make sure they follow our strict environmental laws, we won’t have to be NIMBY anymore because there will be no more jobs in our back yards. If we don’t reduce our usage and realize we can’t consume without impact we’ll exhaust our resources long before the next ice age wipes us out anyway. If we don’t stop using that toad as a shield against development some ones going to get sick of the environmental movement and make those toads mysteriously disappear.
There is an environmental backlash coming you can be sure of that. When endangered species are used as shields against even the most responsible development, everything you buy is now green including fuels, detergents and SUV’s, and environmentalists are getting sick of the environmental hysteria, you know this movement is nearing the end of its lifespan. As I see it there never was an awakening in the first place. It was all just a passing fad that traveled from lip to lip with buzzwords and very little action by the self professed environmentalist. The disconnect between nature and the masses has widened but we’re all greener thinkers than ever. Perhaps if we start living greener instead of thinking green we might just make greener progress which everyone will benefit from making a clean environment something we cherish forever.