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mary trial to state their innocence. I contacted the District Attorney’s office to request representation, as I was certain the defendants would secure counsel and I didn’t want to be outgunned in the court room. The summary trial was scheduled two months later in district court on December 20, 2008. I was surprised when the five defendants showed up in court without an attorney to represent them. The Assistant DA had me testify first, followed by my two witnesses. I testified that all five of the defendants admitted on their own volition that they chased the geese with their motorized watercraft to flush and shoot at them. On cross examination Rout Law asked me who said this, and I pointed at all five defendants sitting together and said, “All five of you sitting there at the defense table.” Rout Law then asked me, “When did we make that statement about chasing the geese?” “When Officer Jerry Bish and I were at your boat in your backyard with the four friends you’re sitting with now.” My two witnesses were stellar in their testimony, unshakeable and right on point when cross-examined by the defendants. A point of contention was how the two witnesses could estimate distances on the water. The witnesses both stated they had hunted waterfowl for more than 12 years, but opted to use a canoe and not a motorized watercraft. Another question from the defendants was how the witnesses could prove they were the ones who did the shooting. The one witness calmly stated, “Because I saw you and the rest of the group and could easily discern your boat 30 yards away while I stood on the dock and watched all of you shoot at the geese and the blue smoke coming from your motor.” The defendants decided not to ask those two witnesses any more questions, as they were only digging themselves in deeper. Rout Law decided to testify and, of
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course, he denied making the comment about chasing the geese and that the birds were more than 300 yards away from any safety zones when they shot. At the conclusion of the trial the judge found all five defendants guilty of hunting in a safety zone, and Rout Law guilty of rallying and chasing geese, because he was the one operating the boat. Rout Law ended up with $342 in fines and court costs, while Bully, Loop, Droop and Oskar paid fines and costs of $257 apiece. The judge admonished the group for their unsportsmanlike behavior on the lake, but gave them a break on the remaining citation of having loaded firearms in a moving watercraft under power. I regret not having a video camera to film those characters in their pontoon boat running up and down the lake in their blaze orange hunting clothing, thinking they would get away with their violations. It would make a great episode of the world’s dumbest criminals.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010

Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010
Life & Times of the Whitetail Biologist
Contents
Three Centuries and Counting
A Different Perspective
Trappin’ a Bobcat
Getting Extreme with Scent Control
Wills Mountain Scrub Oak Barrens Restoration
The Greatest Conservation Story in American History
Pennsylvania’s “Other” Fox
The Conneaut Lake Goose Chase
Looking Back Through Binoculars
Field Notes
Conservation News
Off the Wire
Another View
The Naturalist’s Eye
Straight from the Bowstring
Fun Game
Lock, Stock & Barrel
Crossings
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - Cover2
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - Life & Times of the Whitetail Biologist
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - Contents
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - Three Centuries and Counting
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 4
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 5
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 6
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 7
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - A Different Perspective
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 9
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 10
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 11
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - Trappin’ a Bobcat
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 13
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - Getting Extreme with Scent Control
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 15
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 16
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 17
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - Wills Mountain Scrub Oak Barrens Restoration
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 19
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 20
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - The Greatest Conservation Story in American History
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 22
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 23
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 24
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - Pennsylvania’s “Other” Fox
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 26
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 27
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - The Conneaut Lake Goose Chase
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 29
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 30
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 31
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 32
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 33
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - Looking Back Through Binoculars
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 35
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 36
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - Field Notes
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 38
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 39
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 40
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 41
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - Conservation News
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 43
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Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 45
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 46
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 47
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - Off the Wire
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - Another View
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 50
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 51
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - The Naturalist’s Eye
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Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 54
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 55
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - Straight from the Bowstring
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 57
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 58
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - Fun Game
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 61
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 62
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 63
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - Crossings
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - NatureInse
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - NatureInse
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