I was out on a charter with a captain and his "helper" with my cousin and myself and we caught 35 walleye and he kept everyone. As we reached our "limit" he got the binoculars and watched for boats that would get near us. He launches out of Vermilion and he's a big guy with a beard named....
You really want a guy to pay 10.4 years in prison for a fish?Its only a good thing if they really stick it to the guys caught. The one guy had 127 counts against him with each count having a max of 30 days in jail and $250 fine. My calculations are that would work out to be 3810 days in jail (10.4 years) and $31,750 in fines. If I was a judge I would make the charges run back to back and let him sit there for 10 years in jail. Would that set an example or what?
I honestly doubt any jail timed will be served at all - very little if anything. Sadly, poachers are just slapped on the wrist - and it is not the fault of ODNR. You can blame our judicial system for not taking hunting/fishing crimes seriously. (I turned in a poacher several years ago, and other than about $2500 in fines and court costs he got off without even so much as his license being revoked.)You really want a guy to pay 10.4 years in prison for a fish?
These guys deserve to be punished but why would the game wardens let 1 person commit this many violations before something is done about it? I mean if its really about the fish. They let one person take over 100 fish before they did anything? Something aint right about this story. Im sorry.