What separates hunters and poachers? National Geographic gets it wrong, CNN gets it wrong and there is a good chance you have got it wrong...WATCH, LISTEN, and LEARN. Hunters are conservationists that pay to protect animals and conserve a renewable resource. Poachers are thieves who steal from the earth without giving back. Anti-hunters are uneducated in what really works, they are emotionally driven to ignore the facts and say ridiculous things.