Woodsie, I will take a stab at this question, but I will warn you now I am short of sleep, and you will have to get inside my head for this. No apolizies. From a monitary stand point, it would make more sense to harvest the racks and sell them, if you can to antler junkies, than just to eat the meat. One deer could feed your family, and twenty could pay off your house. But once you have made this about money, you have crossed a moral line with me. It has become a bussiness, not a need. We now have hunters against hunger, and dozens of other programs now BECAUSE of that need. And because of these programs, no one needs to steal to eats anymore. If I know of a hungry family, or in my case, a single older woman, she is welcome at my table whenever the mood strikes her. I will not turn her away. But if a hungry family were taking care of thier own needs, without bragging, being obvious, or flat out greedy, I would let them. They are stealing, and they will likely get caught, but not by me. God gave us dominion over the animals, and that gives us the go ahead for filling our needs, but we are restricted by man"s laws. When caught, they can plead their case before men, God has already said yes. (and don't give me the rational of GOD MADE ME DO IT!, I am saying that God would not object.) Man has made this stealing, not God. Another way to look at it is recycling. Those guys who dig through your trash and recycle are being resourceful, industrious, meticulas, green, demeaning, reducing our landfill needs, and making a profit doing so. They went from living on public assistance to producing a service, and stimulating the economy, paying for food, and utiliies, with what they can earn from thier own efforts. Yet, when they deside to steal, they are willing to destroy, and that makes them vermin. Breaking into emply houses, to rip out plumbing, and wires, air conditioners, and fixtures, aluminum siding and gutters. That is a desacration, and the penalty should be harsh. I guess what I am getting at is this, small thefts are common in daily use, a handful of nail off a construction site for home use, a roll of toilet paper from work, a box of paper clips, it is al theft, but commonly acceptable as long as it is minor and not obvious, yet stealing big can not be ignored. Stealing deer and selling the antlers could not be ignored, because the profit it too large. It has become a business of theft. Like stealing office supplies to resell on the internet. Or since you are in the landscaping business, let's say you have an employee who has a partial bag of mulch left over from a job. He should turn it back in but he takes it home instead. He doesn't need much to go around his flowers, that litle bit will do, and even if you noticed the loss, would you really care? The loss is too small to make a fuss about, but if something goes missing, you would start looking with him, because he has shown his character. That poacher has shown his character as well, but the loss is too small to make a fuss about, unless it amounts to real money, because he is making a profit from a theft. All of it is theft but it is more about acceptable losses, than absolutes.
The only real difference between a good tracker and a bad tracker is observation. All the same data is present for both. The rest is understanding what you are seeing.