John McCoy is the Charleston (W.Va.) Gazette’s award-winning outdoors writer. His "Woods & Waters" page appears weekly in the Sports section of the Sunday Gazette-Mail.
In 32 years of outdoors writing, John has had articles published in Field & Stream, Outdoor Life, Bowhunter, North American Whitetail, Hatches and other publications. His works have earned more than 50 state, regional and national awards for writing and photography.
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I thought conservation officers were supposed to catch lawbreakers, not be lawbreakers. From the Associated Press:
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal judge on Monday is scheduled to sentence a former Ohio wildlife officer convicted of helping a South Carolina hunter illegally obtain an Ohio deer license at a discount that saved him about $105.
Allan Wright was also convicted of seizing the antlers of two deer taken illegally and giving the antlers to a friend instead of securing them as crime evidence.
Prosecutors are seeking three months in prison, a year of supervised release and a $1,000 fine, while Wright is asking for probation and a reasonable fine.
Government prosecutors argue the case involves a pattern of criminal conduct and that Wright’s actions jeopardized the honor system that is the backbone of state hunting and fishing programs.
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources fired Wright in October.