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Big Game Christian Berg: Stuck In The Rut Whitetail

170+ Buck Poached in Pennsylvania

by Christian Berg   |  December 14th, 2011 3

I hate it when big bucks like this are poached. Just imagine was a trophy this would have been for a legitimate hunter. What a shame!

The following press release was issued Dec. 8 by the Pennsylvania Game Commission:

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.

About Christian Berg

Christian Berg is editor of Petersen's BOWHUNTING magazine.

  • tommy

    What a shame.

  • DSfarra

    Good! How many hunters out there should pass on smaller bucks if they want to hunt later. Main reason I dont shoot small bucks in archery, for a chance at a trophy in gun or muzzeloader. As for the poacher they should take his license away permanately! This would stop the massacre of many hunters trying to kill,kill,kill!

  • jason

    Its people like this who tarnish the sport and should be banned from hunting forever!!!

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