Poachers see themselves as part of community, and that their "work" is part of their community. The deep history of poaching is that of Robin Hood and images of people taking from the rich and giving back to the poor. Some of the earliest records that we have of poaching show that it was gangs of men going into lands owned by the monarch in England that they had seen as being taken away from them for capitalistic reasons, where they no longer could hunt for their community and their family. Their response to that would be to go in, and kill a bunch of deer. Not just as a statement towards the rich, but also to feed their community. And whether it's fair or not, the poachers I speak to see themselves in that tradition.
Chuck talks to writer, researcher, and oral historian Lyndsie Bourgon about her book "Tree Thieves: Crime and Survival in North America's Woods" http://www.lyndsiebourgon.com/tree-thieves