To the Editor:
On Feb. 16, I drove past this deer carcass that I had driven past a few times on previous days. After the fourth day, I decided to take action. I pulled over into the bar ditch, completely off the highway and turned my emergency lights on to warn other drivers of my existence there along the road. As I was finishing loading the deer, I looked up the road and noticed a state police game warden stop up ahead and turn around to come back to my vehicle. He pulled over to speak to me. He quickly stated that it was illegal for me to pick up this deer off the state highway or any highway for that matter. I asked him about the ordinance in the newspaper, which said it was legal to do this. The officer told me that, though the law had passed, it had not been put into effect. I tried to reason with him by explaining to him that all I was doing was trying to protect the citizens of Grant County by removing a very real road hazard that could potentially be a real threat to driver safety. He warned me that if I am caught committing this “crime” again, he would write me a ticket. The officer then instructed me to drag the deer back out of my grandfather’s pickup and leave it where I had found it. I put it into the ditch next the highway.
It is apparent that some officers in Grant County have neglected the spirit of the law only to embrace the narrow-minded view that ridiculous ordinances take precedence over public safety. At some point, we, as citizens of Grant County, need to put safety above the ridiculousness of lawmakers who are disconnected from rural realities.