Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 16

Wild Goose Chase By Daniel P. Schmidt Forest County WCO PATROLLED until 2 a.m. without any incidents, went home for some sleep, and then got back up at 10 a.m. to complete some administrative work at the region office in Franklin. I also attempted, without luck, to contact several landowners throughout the day to re-enroll them in the PGC’s Safety Zone Program. A rather uneventful day, I thought, as I pulled in my driveway around 4 p.m. I went inside, removed my pistol belt and changed into civilian attire. And then the phone rang. I heard my wife talking and heard “goose,” “safety zone” and “Tidioute” mentioned in the conversation. Before long I was on the phone, talking with Mary from Tidioute in Warren County. Mary is a fellow employee of my wife’s and knew I worked for the PGC. She called to report that two guys had just shot and retrieved a Canada goose near her home along the Allegheny River. Hearing shots, she looked out and saw two men dressed in camouflage paddle up to her yard to retrieve a goose. She was sure the animal was in her safety zone and wondered if I could help. I told her I would try to reach the district officer to inform him of the incident. Unable to reach him, I donned my uniform and headed to Tidioute. I knew my Law Enforcement Supervisor, Jim Egley, lived in the area and would be passing through on his way home, so I tried him on the radio for assistance. He acknowledged my request and said he’d be there shortly. I arrived at Mary’s house and she walked me through the entire se16 I quence of events. This time she elaborated by telling me the men were in a green canoe and continued down the river after the incident. I measured the distance from the house to where the goose had been retrieved, and sure enough, it was well within the 150-yard safety zone. I left her house and made a short trip to the public boat launch on the north side of town. Several high school kids were there, and I asked them if they had seen a boat pass through. They said they did, and shortly after heard several shots. They described it as a dark colored boat and thought it had a trolling motor. There weren’t any cars or boat trailers in the lot, indicating the shooters had probably launched elsewhere. The students agreed, and added that the boat had come from upstream. At that point, Jim showed up and I briefed him on what was going on. He knew several of the kids and asked several more questions. Jim thought the hunters wouldn’t be back through and decided to go to the nearby SGL 309 building and get the PGC’s Go-Devil river boat. I told him I would drive down Route 62 and check all the camp roads to see if I could locate the canoe. I crossed the bridge from Tidioute leading to Route 62 and headed south. Close to an hour had passed since Mary’s call, and I hoped the suspects were taking their time on their way down the river. I turned down a lane that had a nice view of the river, but didn’t see any boats. I knocked on a camp door and a man answered. I asked if he’d been watching the river and if so, if he had seen a boat. He said that he hadn’t noticed anything, but that he wasn’t paying much attention, either. I thanked him and GAME NEWS

Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009

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

Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009
Contents
Hunting Low for High Country Bears
Double Eagle
Life & Times of the Whitetail
What is Public Access?
Fulfilling a Dream
Wild Goose Chase
Hunter Education Celebrates 50
The Old Beech Tree
Handguns for Bushytails
Field Notes
Conservation News
Off the Wire
Another View
Trapper’s Tips
The Naturalist’s Eye
Straight from the Bowstring
Fun Game
Lock, Stock & Barrel
Crossings
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Cover2
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Life & Times of the Whitetail
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Contents
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Hunting Low for High Country Bears
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 4
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 5
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Double Eagle
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 7
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 8
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 9
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - What is Public Access?
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 11
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 12
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Fulfilling a Dream
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 15
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Wild Goose Chase
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 18
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Hunter Education Celebrates 50
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 22
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - The Old Beech Tree
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 25
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Handguns for Bushytails
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 30
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Field Notes
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Conservation News
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Off the Wire
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Another View
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Trapper’s Tips
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - The Naturalist’s Eye
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Straight from the Bowstring
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Fun Game
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 63
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Crossings
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