I have seen from time to time that some of our Conservation officers visit the forum. I'd like to say to the majority, thanks for all you do and have done. I used to be active in the KY HRC and the club I had belonged to, Side by Side Hunter Retriever Club, used to put on annual Wildlife Officer Benefit hunts for those COs that had died in the line of duty and left their families behind. It was our way of showing our appreciation. My family and I have always been appreciative to the work Co's perform and we obey all the game laws to the T. However recently one of my family members has received some static from a junior CO, that is accusing him of hunting turkey illegally over bait. Now before anyone reads me wrong here let me explain. First the farm we hunt is primarily a deer lease with about 25 leasees on 1200 acres. In Kentucky it is legal to bait for deer. Therefore there are feeders all over this farm feeding corn. It seems pretty ironic that the KFWD would set regulations that said no baiting for turkey but its OK to feed the deer when seasons for these animals overlap . Surely they can't seriously believe that every bowhunter is ethical enough to pass a shot on a turkey that happens to feed at his deer feeder? Are they checking our honor or simply setting people up for failure? Simple solution, stop the baiting or make it legal to hunt turkeys over bait. Make it simple. Anyway, this family member does not hunt turkey over bait. He bowhunts turkey from a pop-up blind in a winter wheatfield on the farm that serves as a natural crossing, and is several hundred yards away from any feeder(well within regs). Recently he was lucky enough to take a doe and a turkey on the same day. The doe was taken in the AM from a tree stand in an area where this family member does supplemental feed. The turkey was taken in the afore mentioned field in the mid day. Soon after, he was informed through another hunter that this particular CO in question had informed him that he was keeping his eye on my family member because it was too coincidental that he was able to harvest a turkey and a deer in the same day, unless he did it illegally. This CO even stated that he had been "Staked out" all day at my family members feeder and had also walked out his hunting area to find evidence of his killing turkeys over feed. The kicker here is that he is not even the CO designated to our county, he is not performing these patrols in coordination with our county's regular CO , and he leases and hunts the adjoining farm. Talking about a coincidence! I don't know if his motive stems from envy, wanting to preserve the animals for himself, or if it is his ego getting the best of him. The fact of the matter is, all the talk has given my family a bad rap and it sucks. The guy needs to be talked to about having personal agendas. Not to mention he has been directly heard making derrogatory statements against NWTF members in our local chapter at public gatherings. He accuses them all of being poachers. He stated that all he has to do is see the NWTF sticker on a truck and he knows its someone he needs to check. What kind of BS is that! If it weren't for the NWTF, this guy probably wouldn't have a job! I'm not sure what the solution to the problem is but I think most would agree that the best way for CO's to get their job done with the limited resources they have is to work with hunters, not against them. You catch more flies with honey than vinegar. And if he really felt that my family member was a poacher, why not just keep it under wraps and catch him, instead of broadcasting it all over our community. That's slander. Whatever happened to innocent until proven guilty? I have always been the guy that welcomes being checked by the CO's, viewing them as an important part of conservation, but this guy is simply out of line.