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defendant’s citations and Justice Zillhaver commenced the arraignment. He verified their names and addresses and asked them if they had any prior arrests. Willy and Buford shamefully raised their hands indicating they had previous arrests and convictions in Tennessee for the same thing they were presently in court for. Justice Zillhaver set their bond at $500 apiece and the group breathed a little sigh of relief. Then the Justice said, “Gentlemen. That will be $500 for each citation. Mr. Crooks,” the Justice continued, “this court needs $2,000 in bond from you; Mr. Cheater, Mr. Hobo and Mr. Poker, this court requires $1,500 from each of you; and Mr. Drool, this court needs $1,000 bond from you.” A flurry of conversation erupted. Jed said, “I jus can’t stay here, I got to goes home!” His face turned so red I thought he was going to explode. The group tried to convince the magistrate to allow them to go and return with the bond later, but the magistrate directed us to take the defendants to the booking area. When the magistrate left the courtroom, Jed asked, “What’s gonna happen to us now?” WCO Wojtecki said, “You’re going to jail until you come up with money for your bond.” Lukey Drool said he had a plane to catch, but the corrections officer just handed him a plastic box and told him to remove everything from his person. The Tennessee gang spent that night and the following day in jail. They also had their rifles and scopes seized as evidence. They all pled guilty and paid their fines (after numerous calls home) in front of District Justice Rita Marwood in Linesville. Their fines in aggregate were $7,500, plus court costs — and Lukey had to reschedule another flight. I met with Willy and Lukey after they were released to return some of their belongings. They said that they plan on never repeating this stunt again and that they resolved to abide by the law in the future. Willy commented, “You know we paid a lot of money for a hunting license and we wanted to bring something back.” I replied, “I understand, Willy, but all you had to do was purchase your antlerless licenses, tag the deer you killed and obey the law and you never would’ve had a problem.” Two weeks later I received a call from an anonymous individual who knew the defendants in Tennessee. The caller thanked us for apprehending the group and said, “I’m glad somebody finally caught up with these guys; they’ve been shooting deer in Tennessee for a long time and even have their own makeshift butcher shop to process the illegal deer.” I once heard that outlaws have to be lucky 100 percent of the time to avoid being caught but WCOs have to get lucky only one percent of the time to apprehend them. It all started with a phone call from a concerned sportsman. Am I glad that I decided to check it out right away? You bet I am! COVER PHOTO BY HAL KORBER GOLDEN EAGLES are rare birds in Pennsylvania. Most are seen here during their spring and fall migrations. The magnificent bird featured on this month’s cover is “Alpha,” a 7-year-old female that has been falconer and TV personality Jack Hubley’s hunting partner for the past five years. 8 GAME NEWS

Pennsylvania Game News - March 2009

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pennsylvania Game News - March 2009

Pennsylvania Game News - March 2009
Life & Times of the Whitetail
Contents
The Five for Nine Gang
An Ace in the Hole
The Vest
Who Will Fill Your Chair
On Trapping Turkeys
Another Perspective
Field Notes
Conservation News
Off the Wire
Another View
The Naturalist’s Eye
Straight from the Bowstring
Fun Game
Lock, Stock & Barrel
Crossings
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Pennsylvania Game News - March 2009 - Life & Times of the Whitetail
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2009 - Contents
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2009 - The Five for Nine Gang
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Pennsylvania Game News - March 2009 - 8
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2009 - An Ace in the Hole
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Pennsylvania Game News - March 2009 - 13
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2009 - The Vest
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Pennsylvania Game News - March 2009 - 17
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2009 - Who Will Fill Your Chair
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Pennsylvania Game News - March 2009 - 21
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2009 - On Trapping Turkeys
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Pennsylvania Game News - March 2009 - 24
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2009 - Another Perspective
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Pennsylvania Game News - March 2009 - 28
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2009 - Field Notes
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Pennsylvania Game News - March 2009 - Conservation News
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Pennsylvania Game News - March 2009 - Off the Wire
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2009 - Another View
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Pennsylvania Game News - March 2009 - The Naturalist’s Eye
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Pennsylvania Game News - March 2009 - Straight from the Bowstring
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Pennsylvania Game News - March 2009 - Fun Game
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2009 - 59
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2009 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
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Pennsylvania Game News - March 2009 - 63
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2009 - Crossings
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