I was amused by the story "Hunting High & Low" on Sunday Oct. 20. The story featured Officer Mike Kinghorn, and how he catches poachers. He said about violators, "It's natural for them to lie at first, I know that."
I found this ironic, because lying and deceit are tactics often employed by wildlife law enforcement personnel when interrogating individuals in their investigations.
One tactic for example is to misquote, or make up ghost "confidential informants" who happened to have witnessed the so called violations.
Another tactic is to divide otherwise good friends by isolating them in interviews and erroneously telling each of them that the other person said something they didn't say.
Although there are good and honest fish cops, there are some who would do and say anything to make their case. "The end justifies the means." And to them, bending the truth or lying to catch a violator is justifiable.
My advice to hunters is to assert their constitutional Fifth Amendment rights to remain silent, and not talk to these guys because you just never know the character of the person behind the badge.