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Old 03-18-2009, 03:45 AM
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TWELVE GUILTY OF ILLEGAL DEER IN ELK COUNTY;
NONRESIDENTS CITED FOR DEER POACHING IN ELK COUNTY;
YORK COUNTY DUO GUILTY OF POACHING IN CLEARFIELD COUNTY

TWELVE GUILTY OF ILLEGAL DEER IN ELK COUNTY
JERSEY SHORE, Lycoming County – Pennsylvania Game Commission officials today announced that 12 individuals recently were found guilty or pled guilty to illegally killing or possessing eight deer in Elk County. The charges were heard by District Judge George A. King, of Johnsonburg, Elk County.

On Dec. 9, the investigation began when Elk County Wildlife Conservation Officer (WCO) Richard Bodenhorn encountered two hunters from New England hiding in the woods with two untagged antlerless deer. The hunters also did not have valid antlerless license for these deer.

An investigation led to a camp in Hallton, Elk County, where 10 other hunters were discovered with three more illegal deer at the camp, and, ultimately, three additional illegal deer in a walk-in cooler in Ridgway. Evidence and admissions indicate that all of the deer had been killed in Elk County in Wildlife Management Unit (WMU) 2F, by various members of the hunting party while none of them had valid antlerless deer licenses for that WMU. Two of the dead deer were adult bucks with the antlers broken off.
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Old 03-18-2009, 04:31 AM
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By the belatedness of these crimes I would guess this was not their first rodeo.
Whats the point of breaking the racks off an illegal deer as to make yet anillegal?
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Old 03-18-2009, 04:37 AM
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RSB, way to smack em'. I feel for you as the fines and I assume license forfeture will not deter thieves. This is a theft and should be prosecuted as one. Obviouslylicesnse loss will have no effect!!!
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Old 03-18-2009, 07:03 AM
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Good job! Unfortunately this goes on all over the place in the northern tier and the PGC can't be everywhere at once.
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Old 03-18-2009, 07:29 AM
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Nice Job RSB!!!


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Thanks for doing a good job D i c k.
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Old 03-18-2009, 08:14 AM
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I think putting their names in their home town news paper would be fitting.
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I think putting their names in their home town news paper would be fitting.
The camp is in Hallton. A VERY small community. I hope all their neighbors are aware


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Old 03-18-2009, 10:49 AM
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Nice slam dunk RSB!



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Old 03-18-2009, 07:25 PM
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Thanks Guys!

This definitely was one of the better cases of my career and it has been along time past due for this bunch. I have known for a long time that these guys were killing illegal deer but all I ever managed in the past was to scratch the surface of what all they were up to. They had a pretty good system set up, but this time I got lucky and managed to get other Officers in position to keep them from getting the evidence of their illegal deer covered up before we could get to the evidence.

The snow cover on the ground was also a big help because we could use it to sort the truth out of their fairy-tails. In fact, if it hasn’t been for the snow I likely wouldn’t have found the first two guys hiding with the dead deer that started it all. Then they had good stories about having killed their deer in units for which they did have license but of course with snow on the ground we were able to find the real kill sites in the wrong unit and over twenty miles away from the right unit.

I think there is a good possibility that they even had another three deer hid in the woods that I didn’t find that day. Some hunters found three field dressed deer hid in the woods near a gated road on the National Forest between the location of their camp and the cooler they stored deer in about ten miles away. I suspect they probably had killed those deer earlier in the day and hid them there to be picked up when taking deer to the cooler that night. I wish I had been in a position to prove those other deer on this crew but that just wasn't a possibility by the time the deer were dicovered.

The worst part was that they should all have been individually found guilty of even more deer and with even higher fines. The good news is that they will all lose their hunting privileges in this state and if they do return it will be a lot easier to convict them in the future. What would really be nice though would be to have the violators compact with other states so these guys couldn’t hunt the other states and kill illegally there while they are out of business here in Penna.

In any event it turned into a bad season for those guysand hopefully the legal hunters will have a better chance for success in the future with these guys out of action for a while.

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