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to try something different. Raptors were also protected under federal law, and their penalties were higher. I contacted U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service agent Ron Bailey. We met a few days later, looked over the area and he agreed to investigate and prosecute if he could make a case.

Illegal shootings had come to our attention, but we never got valid times, names or locations. then a freshly killed golden eagle was left on the hood of my deputy’s car one morning in early september. such a brazen insult could not be ignored.
Early one morning of the following week he approached the blind, unseen, and observed two people in it. All of the hawk shooting gear was in place and after a short wait one of the men shot at a hawk. It was a miss but shortly thereafter, a bird was killed. Then they were observed shooting at a red-tailed hawk and wounding it. A feather from the bird floated down in front of Ron’s face and he plucked it from the air and tucked it into his pocket. At this point Ron felt he had enough evidence and, not wanting to sacrifice any more birds, moved in and made the arrest. It was my old friends Jack and Dan. They did not offer any resistance, but Jack would not admit to shooting at any hawk (he never did). He said he thought he had shot at a “grizzly” pigeon (whatever that is). Dan readily admitted his guilt and was willing to pay whatever fine would be imposed. Ron seized some of their equipment for evidence and made arrangements for them to come into the Game Commission Southeast Region Office to determine what penalties could be agreed upon. Ron returned to the scene the following morning with two assistants and found approximately 25 to 30 carcasses of hawks in various stages of decomposition. They
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were hidden under brush that had been removed to open the clearing. At the interview, the two men were given the option of a hearing before a federal judge, or to settle on an agreed cash penalty. They faced a possible fine of up to $50,000 each if they went before the judge. I think the cash penalty was set at $5,000 each. Dan wanted no part of going before the judge and was eager to pay the cash penalty, but Jack insisted he had done nothing wrong and kept rambling on and on about completely unrelated subjects. Dan finally asked if he could have some time alone with his buddy. This was granted and after about five minutes he told us they both were willing to pay. I guess he made Jack an offer he couldn’t refuse. If these two had been ordinary outlaws the story would end here, but there are several sequels. The first incident was an invitation from Dan for me to speak at a club he belonged to. Another time Dan contacted me and asked if he could meet me to discuss an important subject. He came to my home and we sat in the backyard where he told me he was dying. He asked if I would stay away from the Blue Mountain for a few weeks, as his only dying wish was to have one last hawk shooting adventure. Naturally, I could not and would not grant his wish. It turns out he lived at least five more years and actually ran for an elected office after this bizarre request. I don’t know how many years they shot hawks or how many they killed — probably hundreds and maybe thousands. I could not believe any figures they provided. They were careful to select times when they were least likely to be discovered while shooting (no weekends when many hikers were about or during small game season). They truly were two merchants of death. 
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pennsylvania Game News - August 2011

Pennsylvania Game News - August 2011
Myths & Legends of the Whitetail
Contents
Squirrel Hunting Disease
Five Drives on Saturday
Two Merchants of Death
Family Tradition
High Tech Grouse Finds
The Future of Traditional Archery
Brunswick Barbeque
Whitetail History 101
Finally
Five Generations, One Gun
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 2011 - Pennsylvania Game News - August 2011
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2011 - Cover2
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2011 - Myths & Legends of the Whitetail
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2011 - Contents
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2011 - Squirrel Hunting Disease
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2011 - 4
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2011 - 5
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2011 - 6
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2011 - Five Drives on Saturday
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2011 - 8
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2011 - 9
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2011 - Two Merchants of Death
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2011 - 11
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2011 - 12
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2011 - 13
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2011 - Family Tradition
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2011 - 15
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2011 - High Tech Grouse Finds
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2011 - 17
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2011 - 18
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2011 - The Future of Traditional Archery
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2011 - 20
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2011 - Brunswick Barbeque
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2011 - 22
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2011 - 23
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2011 - Whitetail History 101
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2011 - 25
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2011 - 26
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2011 - Finally
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2011 - 28
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Pennsylvania Game News - August 2011 - 30
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2011 - 31
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2011 - Five Generations, One Gun
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Pennsylvania Game News - August 2011 - Field Notes
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Pennsylvania Game News - August 2011 - 38
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2011 - 39
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2011 - Conservation News
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Pennsylvania Game News - August 2011 - Off the Wire
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2011 - Another View
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Pennsylvania Game News - August 2011 - The Naturalist’s Eye
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Pennsylvania Game News - August 2011 - Straight from the Bowstring
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Pennsylvania Game News - August 2011 - Fun Game
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2011 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
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Pennsylvania Game News - August 2011 - 62
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2011 - 63
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2011 - Crossings
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