“Why would he have it, then? Because he’s poaching, or something else?”
“Poachers are really nothing more than hunters, simply illegal ones. They still blend in. My guess is either that kid thinks his makes him look cool, or he got it on sale. His clothes in general were expensive, more like a rich kid playing at being a hunter or outdoorsman.” Mason pointed to a trail to the right. “I’m more worried about meth labs and illegal weapons than poachers.”
“How come?” Riece asked.
“Those people come to areas like this because it’s remote. However, oftentimes they don’t really know about the area. They don’t hunt and don’t understand the culture. They want to play the part of tough, badass guys so people are afraid of them,” Mason explained.
“Like that kid?”
“Exactly,” Mason said and nodded.
“But we left them. What if they’re doing something illegal? How will anyone find them again?”
“Uh-huh. Remember that spiffy onboard nav system? If something comes back with those plates, some federal judge issues a warrant to the park service and whatever agency is also interested, and the car can be tracked and located that way. Then I go hunting and you stay somewhere safe.” Mason grinned. “Gotta love technology.”
“Do you think they’re up to no good?”
Mason shrugged. “I don’t know. If that kid hadn’t been with her, I doubt I’d have given the woman a second glance. Wilderness areas like this are attractive to criminals because law enforcement is few and far between, there’s a lot of land, and it’s rugged and isolated. On the other hand, those sorts of people, for the most part, don’t want attention in the way that kid was drawing attention to himself. Yeah, I can understand them questioning why I was looking at their Jeep, but if they saw me, they saw mine, and there was no reason to think I wasn’t telling the truth about my interest.”
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