If you guys would take a step back and listen to yourselves. Poaching is so vehemently opposed on these forums and if anyone is found guilty we wish a death sentence upon them. We are encouraged to report suspicious activity and stand up against criminal actions. But in this case, when somebody reported suspicious activity, they got branded as butt-holes, morons, retards, rat bastards, and "clearly" misinformed. All I did was raise the question and I got branded as well! I'd say the butt holes are those who are over reacting to this simple misunderstanding. If you post suspicious pictures you can plan on being investigated! End of story! It doesn't make you a rat bastard for bringing a possible poacher to light!
I did not call fish and game, but I have done so in the past when I have seen more obvious cases of poaching. I'm neither surprised nor offended that somebody called. Just some good detective work being done on a suspicious case, and the suspect was cleared. No sweat.
If the OP had reacted like a normal human being, and calmly given the description of his legal muzzleloader, it never would have been an issue here on the forum. "Clearly", the law enforcement officers involved also believed this to be a potential poaching case. The fact that they investigated it and asked for proof is evidence of that. The real rat bastards here are those who would seek to hide a potential crime and excuse a poacher because: he posted pictures and we don't want to offend him. I'm glad the OP was all legal but I wonder why he got so worked up over this matter. I have been checked by law enforcement before and I just tell them the truth. No need to lose your marbles when you are the one ignorantly posting suspicious photos.