Monday, December 12, 2011

Jacking deer and a man ahead of his time

W. T. Pollard, veteran game warden of Dover, was among the first to point out the potential abuses posed by “auto hunting.” Bangor historian Dick Shaw, who provided this photo for publication, is Pollard’s great-grandson.
Above is W. T. Pollard, the Warden in Dover, Maine circa 1897 or so. It seems that there was already great concern because trains had allowed hunters to get into the back woods of Maine with such ease that the Caribou had been all but chased off. With "Auto Hunting" on the rise, there were grave worries about deer and moose being hunted out. One enterprising Bangor guide had even modified his automobile to turn the 'in-law' seats into pull out, apolstered mattresses. Thus was born the camper. Good conservationists like the Warden were very concerned with the ease of shining headlights into the eyes of a frozen deer and aiming between the eyes. Though one has to wonder if the real reason for concern is buried deep in the article published shortly after the turn of the century in the Bangor Daily Commercial. It was too easy to strap the deer on the auto and leave the state without ever paying for a tag.

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