The wife of a good friend of mine once told me a story about working at a hunting check station in Montana. Two men brought in their harvest from a long day of hunting. The game officials were pretty surprised when the men presented two...llamas. The men were hunting in an area during an antler only period, and llamas don't simply range free - even in the wilds of Montana - somehow they mistook the domesticated South American beasts of burden for antlered elk or deer.
Well, apparently "poor eyesite" is a nationwide phenomenon because last week, a Maryland man was convicted of shooting a wild horse on the Assateague Island National Seashore, a National Park System property that borders Maryland and Virginia.
Justin Eason shot the 28-year-old mare "N2BH" during a two-day deer hunt period in January of 2011. According to officials, Eason and his father then repeatedly lied about the incident and failed to report it immediately, which encouraged the magistrate hearing their case to impose $5,000 in fine and restitution penalties, 18 months probation, and a ban from hunting on federal lands. The magistrate is also requiring the men to complete a hunter safety training course, although I think it might be a little late for that.
Some of my neighbors out here in Montana are gonna love this.
Off the Fence Productions - a UK-based company - is soliciting applications for a new TV show called "Hunted." Set in the wilds of Georgia, the show requires contestants to elude capture by some of the best trackers in the world for 48 hours. Details on the website are a little thin, but here's what they have to say,
A new TV show is looking for contestants to be on the run in the wilderness for 48 hours against a crack team of manhunters. If you can evade capture or 48 hours, you can win BIG MONEY. You must be fit, passionate, and competitive. We accept applications from all backgrounds and abilities.
The application is a few pages and asks about your medical history, wilderness experience, and other life details. Apparently, applications are only accepted until the end of this week - February 3 - so call your crazy cousin/uncle/brother who's really into survival and lives out in the woods and get him to an internet connection.