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the man to start downstream and work our way back up. He was extremely boat savvy and agreed that would offer better boat control. We hugged the shore as close as we could and finally passed the debris the two shooters admitted to shooting at. We kept motoring and I finally noticed a slight disturbance on the muddy embankment. We continued on for several yards and I asked to be dropped off. He touched his bow to the grassy, muddy bank and put his motor just above idle to maintain the craft’s position. I hopped off with several envelopes and camera to collect evidence, hoping the dead deer was there. I didn’t find the deer, but found blood on some of the high grass and a few strands of deer hair. After about a half hour I stopped my search and asked the operator if he could motor me downstream. He obliged and we traveled about a mile or so before turning around. The current wasn’t that swift, so I was hoping we might just stumble across the dead animal. We checked several log and debris piles in the river but with no luck. We returned to the Clarion side of the river and I confronted the two suspects again about what I found. Once again they denied any wrongdoing, but Nelly still watched me like a hawk. I walked the West Monterey bank downstream for close to a half mile without any luck in finding the deer. I was sweating profusely and the mosquitoes were eating me alive. I was starting to get frustrated and thinking of how refreshing it would be to go for a swim in the cool water, but when I got back to the suspect’s boat, Nelly couldn’t handle it anymore. His conscience finally took over. “Officer Schmidt. Could you please come up here for a minute?” When I got up to their porch I asked what he AUGUST 2009 wanted. He admitted, “My cousin shot the deer.” He went on to explain what had transpired. They were shooting across the river when two deer came down to the water. Nelly bet his cousin he couldn’t hit the big doe. When he shot, the deer dropped, and they both looked at each other in amazement. He continued by admitting it was wrong and they really didn’t want to kill the deer. They went over and retrieved the carcass and tied it to the boat with the rope I had checked. After traveling downstream he cut a section of the rope and the deer sank. They returned to their camp shortly before I arrived. I asked him why it had taken so long for him to admit his bad judgment and he confessed he just felt bad for me and at the same time admired my determination in finding the deer. I also think the small crowd that began gathering helped him to confess. I thanked him for his eventual cooperation. Coated in mud, sweat and mosquito bites, I went into the cottage and had both individuals fill out statements, noting in their own words what had occurred. Charges were filed and the cousin pled guilty and lost his hunting privileges for several years. Nervous Nelly pleaded not guilty to his charge of unlawfully transporting illegally taken game, but was found guilty in front of the presiding District Justice. He also lost his hunting privileges. Nelly and I met several times in our later travels, and one day I even met him on a back country road during archery deer season. As we approached each other in our vehicles I recognized him and stopped to talk. His window was already down and he had his compound bow on the passenger seat with an arrow nocked. I mentioned to him it was odd to have a nocked arrow while driving and it looked to me he may have been road-hunting. He denied it and I couldn’t prove any wrong doing that day, and he wasn’t about to admit to anything. 31

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

Pennsylvania Game News - August 2009
Contents
10 to 1— The Keystone Countdown
Where the Buffalo Roamed
The Smile Tells the Tale
Friends & Flat Tails
Opening Days Gone By
Ned Smith: Mentor, Hero, Turkey Hunter
Even in August
Man’s Best Friend?
Once Bitten, Twice Shy
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 2009 - Pennsylvania Game News - August 2009
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2009 - Cover2
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2009 - 1
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2009 - Contents
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2009 - 10 to 1— The Keystone Countdown
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2009 - 4
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2009 - 5
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2009 - 6
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2009 - 7
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2009 - 8
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2009 - 9
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2009 - Where the Buffalo Roamed
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Pennsylvania Game News - August 2009 - 12
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2009 - 13
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2009 - 14
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2009 - 15
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2009 - The Smile Tells the Tale
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2009 - 17
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2009 - Friends & Flat Tails
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2009 - 19
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2009 - 20
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2009 - Opening Days Gone By
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2009 - 22
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2009 - 23
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2009 - Ned Smith: Mentor, Hero, Turkey Hunter
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2009 - 25
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2009 - 26
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2009 - 27
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2009 - 28
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2009 - Even in August
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2009 - 30
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2009 - 31
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2009 - Man’s Best Friend?
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2009 - 33
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2009 - Once Bitten, Twice Shy
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Pennsylvania Game News - August 2009 - 36
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2009 - 37
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2009 - 38
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2009 - Field Notes
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2009 - 40
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2009 - 41
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2009 - Conservation News
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Pennsylvania Game News - August 2009 - Off the Wire
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2009 - Another View
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Pennsylvania Game News - August 2009 - 50
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2009 - The Naturalist’s Eye
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Pennsylvania Game News - August 2009 - Straight from the Bowstring
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2009 - 56
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2009 - 57
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2009 - Fun Game
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2009 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
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Pennsylvania Game News - August 2009 - 61
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2009 - 62
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2009 - 63
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2009 - Crossings
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