There has been quite a few threads lately or discussion about poaching on this board. I would like to know how you hunters define poaching.
There is the legal definition (taking game for whatever purpose out of season) or one from a dictionary. But in practice what do you consider poaching? Do you hold to a straight and narrow definition or is poaching one of those topics that really depends on the circumstances?
For example, this is a clear case of poaching, in my opinion. Wasting game, illegal take, out of season, numerous animals, I doubt many would not call this poaching. I say throw the book at him.
As a counter point, I know a guy who once told me that in the late 50's or early 60's his Dad shot a moose in Wisconsin which at the time was illegal (no tag, no season, I believe moose were protected in WI at this time). He did it because it was the middle of the winter, meat was running short, and he needed to feed his family (which had 6-7 kids at the time). I realize that sounds kind of sappy, but it is simply the truth.
The female came on his land, he shot it with one shot, and every ounce of it was consumed. The father had never broken the law before or since. So is he a poacher?
Or how about this guy? If we assume the facts of the case are as presented, is he a poacher? He was charged as one.