On the topic of industrial pollution, I was once told that the EPA doesn't catch many of the offenders out there. But if they do catch one, they "nail'em to the wall", so to speak. They make an example out of you in other words, in order to have a chilling effect on other uncaught offenders.
The relationship between poachers and game wardens seems to be the same way. This guy was a serious offender no doubt and he gets what he deserves, but the coverage is nearly sensational. Quote from the article:
Waters admitted to poaching 45 trophy-quality animals valued at $270,000
Huh??? $270,000 is an impressive number, but since when does a trophy-quality animal have a value of $6000? Maybe it has that value to a private game ranch, but its real value in the public domain is probably no more than the cost of the license which is not $6k.
I'm not pleading a defense for this guy, far from it, just pointing out that if you get caught poaching they are going to go to great lengths to stick it to you in a very public manner.
The goal of all hunters is a quick, humane kill where the animal drops in it's tracks and is dead within seconds. But in a pursuit that has as many variables as hunting, sometimes things don't quite go according to plan. However, game can be tracked and recovered with the right skills and with patience.
First of all, you need to wait the right amount of time after the shot before tracking a wounded animal. I've heard estimates of waiting 30 minutes for a hit in the vitals and 5-8 hours for a...