Re: Thief caught on Camera!!
I understand the high road thing. Personally, I'd press charges just to get the information in his file and then suggest some form of community service. Perhaps picking up brass for 20 hours at the local range.
The lefties have ZERO respect for private property (at least that has been my experience). They think they are taking the moral high ground and can thus justify all sorts of crimes, such as vandalism, trespassing, harassment, and in your case theft.
If you like your hunting rifle, you can keep your hunting rifle.