I had a friend that hunts whitetail deer back east tell me he typically shoots an 8 point buck every year. I showed him a picture of my 4x4 mule deer buck I shot. He still disagreed with me about it being a 4 point, until Ryan Hatch told him a 4x4 muley buck is the same as 4 corners buck, you can just slap a tag from Utah, Arizona, Colorado or New Mexico on the buck.
I would admit...I am following this closely. I have met Ryan several times and he has been extremely knowledgeable and helpful on many many occasions. I also believe he has been a positive influence and advocate for the deer herds throughout the west. There have been many articles in his magazine that have pointed out, and called to task, the various agencies that I believe have been mismanaging things for quite some time! Unfortunately, the charges against him are quite serious and I can only hope that this is not a "the bigger they are, the harder they fall'" type situation. If, worst case scenario, he is indeed found guilty...I believe it will be a negative overall for the animals as well. Having said that if he, especially with his background, is guilty of the charges....there should be a severe price to pay.