Stay­ing alive dur­ing sea­son of poach­ing

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a huge moose head or an­te­lope rack for their walls. That’s not even count­ing those who are ei­ther de­lib­er­ately or ac­ci­den­tally poach­ing cat­tle and other do­mes­tic an­i­mals. It’s a stain on all rep­utable hunters who stick to the rules.

So the Al­berta Con­ser­va­tion As­so­ci­a­tion asks us all to be vig­i­lant for poach­ing in­frac­tions. (It can be hard to hide that huge elk head in the back of a pickup. And one nitwit was caught just a few kilo­me­tres from our farm drag­ging a cow he’d shot, along a gravel road with a chain. It was too heavy to lift into his truck so he thought that was the best way to deal with it.) If you see some­thing sus­pi­cious, call the ACA at 1-800-642-3800 or go to www. re­por­tapoacher.com.

As for me, you’ll see me in a bright orange coat to­mor­row, walk­ing in the fields. I may look well fed from a tur­key din­ner, but I don’t think I’d look good mounted on your fam­ily room wall.

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A sign on a ru­ral road alerts mo­torists to po­ten­tial deer in the area.

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