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.
From the books that I have read, there is a lot of importance in knowing every nook and cranny of your hunting territory as well as the animal that you are hunting. So scouting as much as possible, just walking the land, will give you a good idea of what's around the corner or what's on the other side of a hill. Which can be very beneficial.
Making your own maps of human and deer trails, and different types of foliage such as group of pines,...