What’s the Difference between Sport Hunting and Poaching?

The short answer is, not as much as you might think. We here at C.A.S.H. believe that all hunting is a form of stealing, whether from nature, the animals’ families or the lives of the victims themselves. But the legal definition of poaching has more to do with stealing an opportunity from another hunter.
The good thing about reporting a poacher is that it’s the one way we can use the law to punish the killing of wildlife. For the most part, poaching laws were written with the licensed hunters in mind, not necessarily the animals’ welfare. But sometimes ” laws limit the kill methods, quantity of kills and other factors that might happen to inadvertently benefit the animals themselves as well. Clearly not because of this, some “sportsman’s” groups like to support most game regulations, mainly to ensure their own good luck for the next time out.
Don’t get us wrong, a poacher is often even worse than the average sport hunter, but not just because they don’t dump as much money into the game department’s coffers. In terms of downright disrespect for the animals, they’re oftentimes the leaders of the pack.


Take the poaching ring known as the “Kill ’em All Boys” for example. Criminally active in Washington and Oregon, they just finally were caught and prosecuted after a several years-long sting operation wherein game wardens witnessed the killing of deer, elk, bears and more.
All in all, it’s estimated they murdered more than 200 animals, including deer, bear, cougars, and bobcats during their unchecked reign of terror. Yet, whether or not hunters are operating within the laws, the sad, end result for the countless victims is the same.


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Committee to Abolish Sport Hunting / C.A.S.H.
P.O. Box 562
New Paltz, NY 12561