plant poaching What do ginseng, ferns and orchids have in common? They’re all poached in Michigan. By Stateside Staff • Feb 27, 2017 Flickr user Forest Farming / http://j.mp/1SPGCl0 Listen Listening... / 8:27 Stateside's conversation with Brad Slaughter, lead botanist at the Michigan Natural Features Inventory. We know hunters who take deer or goose out of season are poachers. But what about those who take a plant from a park or a reserve without permission? They too are poachers and plant poaching can be a huge, illegal business.