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Too many laws create unknowing lawbreakers

To the editor:

Several years ago while hunting with my party, I downed a nice doe deer. I completed the normal field dressing of the animal at the kill site, and was in the process of dragging it to the vehicle to be transported and registered, but was interrupted by two conservation officers that promptly issued me a ticket for not tagging the animal at the kill site before moving it. That regulation has since been rescinded, as it should be.

Again, while hunting pheasant, I was asked by conservation officers to produce my hunting license. My receipt from the bait store indicated that I had purchased a deer, waterfowl and pheasant license, but failed to purchase a small game license (I do not hunt small game), which is required to hunt pheasant. Another ticket was issued.

When I filled out an application for employment, they did a background check. No felonies, no DWIs, but a violation for illegal hunting appeared on the background check.

When the DNR declares so many things to be illegal, it’s impossible for hunters and fishermen to live without breaking the laws. When laws cannot be objectively interpreted, you create a nation of hunters and fishermen that become lawbreakers, and the government can then cash in on our fines.