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.
Hunting is not usually a pursuit where instant gratification abounds. It takes a lot of time, practice, resources and patience to be a successful hunter. So when someone decides that an area they hunted only once without taking an animal is worthless and devoid of game, I don't quite understand it. These people usually jump from game management unit to game management unit; trying a new one every year.
Now don't get me wrong, there are people that just enjoy scouting and hunting...