I am glad he lost his rifle, but he is lucky he didn't lose his vehicle too. I feel he should have. While the rifle is a pretty decent penalty, the vehicle would be a major penalty, perhaps life changing. Unfortunately for these knuckleheads, life changing is the only thing that gets their attention and will actually discourage the future acts of other road hunters. The risk of what amounts to approx. a $ 1,000.00 fine is probably justifiable to many for the chance to put a monster on the wall. (I couldn't do it if it were only a $ 10 fine, how do they sleep at night? My conscience would eat me alive. It is real sporting to pop a deer from a window of a car.)
Similarly, we have people around where i live that will hunt a particular piece of watershed every night which is off limits to the public, especially hunting. They will typically get caught once a year and pay a small fine. Because the fine is so small, they have actually justified themselves to me that it is like having a lease. They in effect, have their own land, cuz no one else is willing to break the law. I would be willing to bet they would stop hunting this land if they started losing their weapons and possibly their vehicle.