What is poaching? I've been meaning to bring this up, as there's been some disagreement on the subject in your comments here and on other blogs--which is no surprise really, when you consider that different states have different poaching definitions. Some define it as taking game illegally, others more broadly as hunting or fishing illegally. The Michigan DNR actually offers both definitions: "Poacher - a person who hunts, traps, or fishes illegally. Poaching - the illegal taking of fish or wildlife." Go figure.