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.
Out here in Colorado, and in the units that I haunt, it is a tricky game to figure out how far to pack in on a rifle hunt. You want to get away from the masses that have moved game away from the roads but might want to stay close enough that you are taking advantage of the animals forced movements. There is no universal distance but I like the 1.5 to 4 mile range for day hunts where I am not planning on bivying out. This keeps you in that productive buffer zone where the animals are really...