ok heres the scoop.. I have been kinda worried the past 2 days thinking I broke a MAJOR law. I have been having trouble w/ chickens getting eaten. Have gotten rid of a few cats.. Possums, etc etc etc... and decided that the ones who wouldnât be good and go into my trap would have to be shot to save my birds and goats. Well.... there is a big black Tom Cat that I havenât been able to get yet, I went outside and saw him sneaking thru the back pasture towards my girls. I went and got my gun. All of the sudden a HUGE hawk swooped down to grab one of the chickens. I shot him. Well.. My FIL came by and saw it and told me to burry it right away and dont let anyone know what I had done because it is illegal to shoot hawks. I called my neighbor and asked him.. He agreed.. Hide it and never tell anyone. I felt terrible! I mean I have a policy around here now that if you eat my livestock.. You Die. Period. But I also dont want to do something that could bring me a $800.00 fine or a 30 day stint in the Big House! lol So, I called the game warden to ask about hawks... He called me back today and told me to shoot em all! Whew! He said I canât go "Hawk Hunting" but can shoot anything thatâs a problem around my place except an eagle and we dont have any of those here, so I'm safe. Everyone I have talked to thought it was illegal to shoot em.. so I thought Iâd pass it along here from Texas.