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I didn't know it was a crime honest... What an idiot!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Duck poacher apologizes

Last Updated: 10th August 2009, 2:40am


CALGARY -- He's really, really sorry. Really.

David Fraser can't apologize enough as he talks about ducks, guns and stupid decisions, knowing the anger of countless Canadians will soon be focused on the little Saskatchewan town he calls home.

"What can I say? We've never been in any kind of trouble before. We're just three young guys who made a stupid mistake," says Fraser.

"Not that it's any excuse, but we honestly didn't know it was crime -- if we did we wouldn't have uploaded it to the Internet, and we never would have done it in the first place. We really didn't know, and we're very sorry about it."

That Fraser speaks quickly, sounding worried and a bit jittery as he throws out explanations and apologies, isn't too surprising.

This morning, 30-year-old Fraser will join his 23-year-old bother James Fraser and their brother-in-law Jeremy Rowlands in a Saskatoon courtroom, where the trio will answer to charges of slaughtering ducks for fun.

A flood of tips to Saskatchewan's anti-poaching line led to the arrests, made by wildlife officers and RCMP.

Until today's court appearance, the trio had anonymity to shield them from the barrage of loathing.

Now, the three men from Cudworth, Sask., will be known to all. Public fury that's been festering for more than a week will finally have a focus. It won't be pretty, and Fraser knows it.

There's already been vague threats.

"I have children, and we live in a small town, and I read one post about the ducklings being orphaned, and there was a post saying, 'I hope they have kids so we can take care of their kids and show them how the ducks feel.' "

He knows many people, including furious hunters and livid animal rights advocates, see him and his comrades as bloodthirsty savages who killed the ducks for a sick thrill.

But really, says Fraser, that's not who they are. Not at all -- the laughter over orphaned ducklings and dying birds was out of character.

"Is there remorse over killing the ducks? Absolutely. We're all pet owners here, both cats and dogs, and we're not in the habit of killing animals normally."

He says sorry again, repeating that he had no idea duck hunting from the window of a car, with a rifle, was not allowed in Saskatchewan.

Fraser and his brother arrived a half year or so ago from Toronto, where he says the only birds they ever saw were seagulls and pigeons.

Fraser says the video was only posted because it resembles other YouTube videos showing proud hunters and their quarry.

"It was just one of those silly things -- we didn't think hunting ducks was that big of a deal."

Except when you shoot ducks out of season, with a rifle, from your car and the roadside, it's called poaching.

Catching the trio of duck killers has been the hottest topic on hunting forums from Alberta to Texas.

Fraser says sorry to the hunters, too.

And today, in court, he'll say sorry one last time, and he hopes it's enough.

"If they give us a chance to speak, we're going to offer up a very sincere public apology," he says. "We're really sorry."



Ok obviously this didn't happen in the US but what kind of idiot would you have to be to think something like this is legal in any country?

by on Aug. 11, 2009 at 8:44 AM
Replies (31-33):
hsteele
by on Aug. 11, 2009 at 3:09 PM

That's how I feel.

Quoting nysa76:

I wouldn't think hunting for food out of season would be a big deal if they were trying to feed their families.  But I think any animal killing is wrong if it's not for food or to put an end to suffering.


Heather
Proud Pagan Momma

"Fighting for Peace is like screwing for virginity."

hsteele
by on Aug. 11, 2009 at 3:10 PM

I've heard about it. Its just disgusting. What is their reasoning behind this?

Quoting stormcris:

Have you seen them hunt wolves in Alaska? They stick guns out the side of helicopters and shoot at wolves and leave them where they drop, no going after them or tracking when they miss. Idaho and Wyoming are considering practicing this too. It is barbaric and unethical.

Quoting angelachristine:

They were shooting out of season from the window of a car by the road without a permit  and leaving the dead ducks behind. I don't think that would be legal anywhere.

Quoting stormcris:

OP it is accepted in the US. They do it to wolves every year. They do it to many animals. Just because you have a to buy a permit to hunt and have a limit does not mean some are not slaughtering for fun.




Heather
Proud Pagan Momma

"Fighting for Peace is like screwing for virginity."

stormcris
by Christy on Aug. 11, 2009 at 3:55 PM

To inflate the trophy game populations. They don't seem to realize the practice causes sick and weak herds.

Quoting hsteele:

I've heard about it. Its just disgusting. What is their reasoning behind this?

Quoting stormcris:

Have you seen them hunt wolves in Alaska? They stick guns out the side of helicopters and shoot at wolves and leave them where they drop, no going after them or tracking when they miss. Idaho and Wyoming are considering practicing this too. It is barbaric and unethical.

Quoting angelachristine:

They were shooting out of season from the window of a car by the road without a permit  and leaving the dead ducks behind. I don't think that would be legal anywhere.

Quoting stormcris:

OP it is accepted in the US. They do it to wolves every year. They do it to many animals. Just because you have a to buy a permit to hunt and have a limit does not mean some are not slaughtering for fun.





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