Keep in mind that Jenkins said no one has been caught doing it. Chances are if I'd asked Colorado authorities the same question, until recently they would have given the same answer. They only found out about the South Carolinians because an unidentified hunter called in a tip about them.
Law enforcement officers investigated the men for nearly two years. They finally broke the case in late August, after putting Plummer and his companions under surveillance.
The disturbing thing in all this, at least to me, is the culture of lawlessness Plummer alleges to exist in his home state.
Then again, I probably shouldn't be surprised. To some people, illegal hunting is hunting.
A couple of years ago, a Natural Resources Police officer from Southern West Virginia described an arrest he'd made. He told me the perpetrator spotlighted and shot a deer out of season.
"I asked him why he did it," the officer said. "He said that was the way his granddaddy and daddy taught him to hunt."
Happily, some of the lawlessness that used to be so rampant seems to be diminishing. Mandatory hunter-education classes, begun a generation ago, are informing the next generation of hunters that some of the "family traditions" they've observed are unethical and illegal.
One can only hope that the lessons being taught in hunter-ed classes are strong enough to convince hunters to use only those advantages the law allows.