It' has been made clear to me this week that the "Best time to Poach a Moose is on the "Weekend." I was up on the Thompson Road near Highfield on Fri. looking to hang a bear bait in one of the orchards I hunted last year. I had a couple of logging roads that I wanted to check out and on one of them found a huge trailer that was apparently set up for quite some time gauging by the junk littered around.No trespassing signs nailed to the trees kind of made me feel unwelcome,so I beat it back to my truck. I drove down another quarter mile or so to check out an old beaver dam I found last year and while stumbling around, about 3.30, heard a shot that sounded like it came from the area I had just left minutes ago.It sounded really close,so as I was dressed in a black hoodie,I decided to work my way back to the truck to keep out of harms way.I had observed at the beaver dam really fresh moose tracks of a cow and calf,probably coming down to drink so I was concerned about their safety,hoping I didn't push them out into danger when I approached the dam. Anyway, I got about half way back to the truck when another shot rang out,muffled by the high wind but definitley a shot. When I hit the truck I started back out the way I came barely creeping out the road. When I came to the logging road that I had just walked a while back,there was a bright red 1/2 ton nosed into the turn in the road and there were 3 kids about 10 or 12 years old standing near the back of the truck starring back at me. I stopped for a minute to see if they needed help but they turned their backs on me as if to ignore me,so I started back up the road. When I looked back in the mirror I could see that 2 of the kids had come to the edge of the road to keep an eye on what I was doing.As I creeped up the road , two more shots rang out. I feel bad because I might have pushed those moose right out in front of the buddy. Anyway I thought about it all night and made the decision Sat. morning to call the D.N.R. to see if someone could check it out.Guess what! I called the Chipman Office, the Hampton Office and even the Sussex Office,even though It's no longer there, hoping someone would pick up the phone.NOPE! I got a recording and if no one answered call Crime Stoppers! Well I don't think buddy will wait around till Monday when the D.N.R. opens and when Crime Stoppers gets around to it the Moose will likely be in a freezer somewhere.I know the D.N.R. is short staffed and all but someone should be near a phone or near by to have a call forwarded to them,Poachers don't work 8-5 on weekdays and take the weekends off,but maybe the wardens do! What do ya think!