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Thursday, December 8, 2011

Illegally Harvested Buck Was Record-Book Buck

Credit: Lori Neely/PGC Photo. Caption: Dauphin County WCO Mike Doherty holds the antlers of an illegally taken buck from Londonderry Township, Dauphin County, that green-score it in the top 25 of Pennsylvania's All-Time Big Game Records.

DAUPHIN COUNTY POACHING CASE INVOLVES RECORD-BOOK BUCK

HARRISBURG – A Lancaster County resident was cited for poaching a record-book class buck, according to charges filed by Pennsylvania Game Commission in the court of District Justice William Wenner, in Harrisburg, on Dec. 7.

Wildlife Conservation Officers Mike Doherty of Dauphin County, and John Veylupek, of Lancaster County, filed the charges against Scott M. Garner, 33, of Bainbridge, Lancaster County, who was charged for exceeding the bag limit for antlered deer in a license year by killing a second buck. Under long-standing bag limits, Pennsylvania hunters are limited to one antlered deer per license year.

On Dec. 1, Garner killed a 14-point buck in Londonderry Township, Dauphin County, during the two-week firearms deer season after having killed a five-point buck in archery season on Oct. 31. He re-used and altered his buck tag, originally used on the buck taken on Oct. 31, to tag the second buck illegally harvested on Dec. 1.

For killing the 14-point buck, Garner faces penalties of up to 90 days in jail and an enhanced fine of $6,500 since the size of the deer’s antlers are considered trophy class under Game Commission regulations. He also faces up to three years revocation of his hunting and trapping privileges in Pennsylvania.

Had the 14-point buck been lawfully taken by a hunter, with a Boone & Crockett green-score of 172.5 inches, it would have placed it in the top 25 for typical deer taken with a firearm in Pennsylvania’s All-Time Big Game Records.

21 comments :

Anonymous said...

Good! Glad they caught this poacher! Now they need to crack down on the locals in Potter County! That will bring the deer back! Remember, you can call your tips in to the Game Commission and reamain anonymous. Alot of times though, there are rewards for these slobs that poach deer!

Anonymous said...

Nice to see these people get their just rewards. Good job

Anonymous said...

What? Potter County poachers? We don'thave enough deer to poach. Maybe you should spend a day in the woods to see for yourself.

Anonymous said...

well the problem these days are people(hunter's are to LAZY to get off there butts!!!they have to ride 4 wheelers everywhere so if you don't get a deer it's your own FAULT!!!!

Anonymous said...

first of all i live in rural potter co. and i see plenty of deer. second in a wide circle i hear very little poaching there is a camp every 200ft on any given road with a poster on every other tree, something we locals did not see until we got flooded with FLATLANDERS. i'am close with many land owners and farmers who don't see these problems but must be these issues are only visible to arm-chair biologist's FLATLANDERS, oh and yes we will make it just fine without YOU try us

Anonymous said...

To 6:46,I don't know where you hunt sir but it is a very big problem in Potter County...i've turned in litterly Dozens myself!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Signed,A Farmer

Anonymous said...

Some hunters have to use 4 wheelers due to having a bad heart! sorry you feel that way 8:23 but would trade my 4 wheeler any day for a new heart!

Anonymous said...

I saw 29 today, 5 buck. There out there boys but there not going to come looking for you. I would also venture a guess that most don't have the heart problems that you have. If you need it that is one thing, but TV and the ATV's and bad boy buggies are are ruining many hunters.

A hunter said...

90 days aint a long enough jail term and neither is losing his hunting privledges for 3 yrs.. He shouldnt be aloud to purchase a license to hunt ever again.

Anonymous said...

I have walked the woods in Potter almost every day for the entire deer season and have only seen 7 deer in the woods and none of them were buck. I would like to know where 10:08 is seeing all these deer. Is it in Potter Co. or is it on a deer preserve?

Anonymous said...

State Forest 1:09. Did you get off the top of the hill??

Anonymous said...

AMEN TO THIS I HAVE LIVED HERE ALL MY LIFE ( ALMOST 60) THE DEER HAVE GOTTIN FEWER & FEWER OVER THE YEARS WE USE TO SEE HUNDERS IN ONE FIELD NOW YOUR LUCKY TO SEE 6-10 YES I HUNT AND ENJOY JUST BEING IN THE WOODS THE DEER ARE NOT GOING TO COME BACK UNTIL WE STOP KILLING THEM FOR AT LEAST 3 YEARS THEN LIMIT IT BIG TIME TO HOW MANY YOU CAN GET LIKE YEARS AGO ONLY ONE BUCK OR DOE NOT BOTH AND NOT 2 DOE AT A TIME OH AND POTTER COUNTY FARMERS DON'T POACH THE DEER YOU THINK IT'S THE FLATLANDERS ....... LOOK AT THE ARREST RECORD

Anonymous said...

poacher's don't need a license so to take that privilage away mean's what ? nothing... they don't follow the law so what is a license to a person that does not follow the law ? they kill what ever they want when they want and unless they are caught and alot of them are not they get away with it.

Anonymous said...

The leases and posted properties have deer, but go to a place where its open hunting for the public and deer are hard to come by. There isn't even a lot of deer sign in spots where it used to be loaded with deer. There is just so much posted property any more or leases and if you can't afford a lease or know someone who owns property, it gets really hard to find good land to hunt.

Anonymous said...

there is a lot or deer around here thay come in are backyard on sundays

Anonymous said...

Are you speaking of the LOCALS that are natives or the locals that have come from somewhere else?...because there certainly is a difference.

Anonymous said...

11:36 we live up he

Anonymous said...

Dear 8:39:00 PM EST:

I don't live in Potter County, but I've been coming there my entire life. My parents owned a camp that my father hunted from till he was no longer able to do so. We now own a place of our own and like my parents before us we love the land we own (not posted), the people we've met that I'm proud to call friends and the wildlife that we see everytime we visit camp. My husband is an avid hunter and is now teaching his grandson how to hunt. This includes being honest, careful and above all else respectful of this privilege. Yes, we come from somewhere else, but I take offense to being lumped into a flatlander category by you or anyone else that has a gripe about someone who isn't born and raised in your county. There are idiots and lowlifes born everywhere including your own area, but I don't believe they represent your county like I don't think flatlander and it's connotation represents all of us that come from somewhere else.

Anonymous said...

The camp at the end of our valley is sprinkled with corn in all the shooting locations, and it's "local" nimrods who drive around on their ATV looking for the deer over the bait sites. Between the ATVs, the posted land, and the idiots who believe the game laws don't apply to them, it's no wonder hunting is a fading sport.

Anonymous said...

7:18 sell your camp and stay home...end of problem. to the rest of you, i have hunted here almost 50 years and if you remember back when there was 50,000 acres of PUBLIC hunting in potter county, we had lots of deer,fast forward to today. you all spent your money (lease) to keep the locals out and now cry foul because you dont have 80 deer per acre.. well i guess you needed somewhere to waste all that money that you have and we dont. or whatever

A Hunting we sal go! said...

This next week is the best time to be in the woods; you'll have it all by yourself.