First let me offer an apology in advance for the gruesome photo above. However, this is a point that needs to be made in our community. The scene above is also growing common-place throughout our community.
I captured this picture last Thursday morning as I departed from my house and headed to work. On the way out of the neighborhood my family and I reside in, within the city limits mind you, lay this deer carcass on the roadway. The person that shot this animal did not even have the decency to, at the very least, get the deer remains entirely off the road. They just found a road and dumped the carcass out. I stopped and dragged the carcass off the roadway and the city of Baxley later sent employees out to collect the bag and its contents, at taxpayer expense no less.
Every year The News-Banner receives calls from citizens and readers reporting illegal dumping of deer remains on private property and along county roadways. Hunters will dump these remains all over our community including on private land owned by citizens, who in most cases, do not even hunt. A few years ago I was called to take a picture off Reese Road in southern Appling County. When I arrived I could not believe my eyes. Hunters had dumped multiple carcasses off a bridge and into a creek to rot. (I don’t know if I would have been inclined to eat many fish downstream from the bridge to say the least.)
In many cases these hunters should also be classified as poachers. As was the case with the above-mentioned deer in my neighborhood, most of the deer remained in tact as best I could tell. This means these so-called hunters only harvested a portion of the deer, such as the hams and shoulders, which in itself is also distressing because it deprives other hunters from harvesting deer in a complete and legal manner. I also question when this deer was actually shot, as it was well after 8:30 p.m. when my family and I arrived at home the night before and the deer was not on the roadway at that point. If the deer was shot after sunset, this would also add to the list of laws broken by these hunters.
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This was going on when the late E.J. Davis was game warden and I am sure, well before him, in Appling County. The deer has been 'stacked -up like stove-wood' under the bridge on Oscar Tippins Road every year!