Hunting these days is not what it used to be. Gone from "harvesting" to having to painstakingly identify your animal, and who is perfect. Whether it is brow tines, 50", interpretation of degree of curl, billy/nanny, sow/cubs, bull vs. cow bison etc. There are many ways to be wrong.
Don't get me wrong...I don't want everyone out there shooting up anything that moves. We need good game management. My point is that bad mistakes can happen to good people and hunter intention is not relevant to a trooper.
If I sound like I have some heartburn I do. The court system is suddenly a part of my life I've never had to deal with before. I am a born and raised Alaskan, hunting is a part of who I am. I will not stop hunting, but now have a very different outlook and approach on what had been a positive, recreational, freezer filling, family feeding time of the year.
P.S. It is encouraging to see and read the positive reports so far this year.