I have avid hunting friends who’ve gone a decade or more without getting checked by a game warden.
Me, I’ve been checked twice in the last two months.
Feeling persecuted? Not at all.
I figure if they’re checking me they’re surely checking others. So far they’ve always been simple checks and not hassles.
Saturday warden A.J. Meyer arrived when we got to our trucks after duck hunting. He was thorough, professional and courteous as he checked licenses and stamps, made sure our shotguns were plugged and inspected the ducks we’d shot.
Afterwords he spent a few more minutes just talking about hunting, his job, and a few other topics.
Then he went on his way, probably to check thousands more hunters in his career.
If I’m one of them, I’ll be glad to see him.