HUNTING -- Wyoming lawmakers will decide in coming months whether to follow a growing national trend and allow the use of silencers on hunting guns -- a practice already permitted in 39 states.
The law is being promoted by companies that make the silencers, and as you'd expect, they say there's no reason for a ban on silencers.
I beg to differ.
I've read and written hundreds of stories about poaching. A common thread in the successful prosecution of those criminals is that nearby landowners or witnesses were alerted to the illegal activity by hearing the report of the firearms.
The story of a dog killed near Newman Lake recently help's illustrate the point.
The public cannot continue giving poachers the edge on law enforcement and expect officers to hold the tide in the favor of wildlife.
Silencers are unnecessary for hunters, but for poachers, they're a dream come true.