If that seems unfair, consider the cover of the Winter 2009 enforcement bulletin, featuring a cadre of game cops outfitted with camo clothing and assault weapons, and define the message sent by that photograph. (Would you want that bunch checking your kid’s fishing license on opening day?)
Good article, Dave. I just want to take issue with the part quoted above. If you read the article inside, you'll note that the picture is of the WDFW's Marijauna grow eradication team. And thinking about it, it makes sense. Who else in law enforcement knows the backwoods, nooks and crannysas well as the wardens?
They received (per the article) specialized training on a federal grant to do their work. Ask anyone who's discovered a grow...The "farmers" are usually very well armed, not prone to asking questions, and enjoy booby-trapping their fields.
BTW, the comments you quoted were rather sickitating, but I'd expect no less from the sources. Internet commandos who'd rather hide behind their screensthan say their piece to a real hunter in the woods.