Letters to the Editor

Letter: Aboriginal moose hunting is perfectly legal

To the editor:

Re: Conservation Officers Seek Moose Poaching Suspects, Jan. 7 Capital News.

Quotes from article: “…possible moose poaching incident that occurred on Monday December 30, 2013 three men were involved…”

“…The culprits loaded the moose and left down the 201 FSR towards Penticton.”

Regarding above quotes of Okanagan conservation officers seeking information from the public on a “…possible moose poaching…” incident that occurred on Monday Dec. 30, 2013.

I am proud to advise the public conservation officers about the three “culprits” who loaded the moose and went south on FSR 201—my son, grandson and nephew.

Also my other son and I butchered the cow moose—steak, roasts, stew and the moose trimmings of 130 lbs was taken to Black Mountain Custom Meat Cutting for smoked sausages, moose burgers and patties and onion rings.

This cow moose has been put to a very good use or purpose: Food for the aboriginal Indian people. This was the first moose acquired during 2013 year, and I am looking forward to more moose this winter.

This was not a “…possible moose poaching incident...” it was aboriginal Indian people exercising their legal aboriginal rights and title, hunting for food 12 months of the year.

This story of a “…possible moose poaching…” incident, has overlooked or missed the lynx shot by my grandson.

Next time conservation officers have a story for release and pleading for public input, please do release the facts;

1) cow moose and lynx loaded by “culprits” and headed south on FSR 201

2) Aboriginal rights & title being exercised by Indians hunting 12 months of year.

In closing, I am proud and happy to advise the conservation officers about the “…possible moose poachers.”

Raymond N. Derickson,

Westbank

 

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