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yet, although during the season I have seen a few hunters here and there throughout the state forest. There have been no known legal harvests of bears in Adams County, and the last unlawfully killed bear was in 1998, when a man shot a large male in his backyard simply because he didn’t like it being there. But then, on a sunny, warm Sunday morning in October 2008, I was planning on relaxing and going to church with my family when a call interrupted my day. The caller wanted to pass on information that a bear had been illegally killed two days earlier, off of Pine Grove Road in Franklin Township. There, in the heart of the Michaux, was a relatively small private landholding that surrounded a mile-long string of cabins and homes along both sides of the road. Some are hunting camps, but some are permanent residences as well. The caller, who did not wish to be identified, claimed that a man who lived in one of the cabins there, who I’ll call Stan Shmukatelli, shot a bear on Friday evening. More specific information was that he supposedly field-dressed the animal nearby, and thereafter was calling around, looking for someone with an ATV to help drag it away and hide it. Being that was all the information I had, with no witnesses willing to actually testify, I scrambled to get going. My deputy, Gary Camus, was ready to go in minutes, and after picking him up I called neighboring WCO Dave Grove to assist. I was a little doubtful that much useful evidence would be easily discoverable because of the hard rain that had fallen on Saturday, and I also assumed the suspect would not be cooperative. So, without any solid witness to back up an accusation, I thought it prudent to come prepared with an added advantage — one of our canine units to locate any bear parts that may have been
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hidden anywhere within reasonable proximity to Shmukatelli’s residence. If he had succeeded in transporting the carcass far enough away from the kill location, then I had to be hopeful that the information I received was, indeed, accurate and that the entrails were probably nearby, for the dog to find. After getting approval from the PGC Southeast Region Office, WCO Linda Swank was on her way from Lancaster with her partner of the canine persuasion, Onyx. Arriving late morning at the suspect’s house, I was met by Stan. I chose the hopeful strategy of being straightforward regarding the reason for my visit, casually asking him about the bear that had been killed the other night. Somewhat expectedly, he replied that he didn’t know what I was talking about. Interestingly, though, he then immediately started yelling and ranting about his neighbor to the left, complaining that he was a liar and accusing him of a host of allegedly illegal things he had done in the past, but that had nothing to do with the alleged bear incident. I knew that the informant did not live near the suspect, but Stan passionately bringing up his neighbor out of the blue definitely sent up red flags in my mind. I pretended to dismiss his ranting, and continued to press forward by not allowing him to divert attention from himself. I eventually uncovered my ace in the hole by telling him a Game Commission dog was on its way to sniff out any evidence in the area. Surprisingly, he didn’t even flinch at the disclosure, but continued to deny any knowledge about a bear. Because I was fairly certain there was a dead bear somewhere and that
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011

Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011
Myths & Legends of the Whitetail
Contents
Keeper of the Game in Potter County
Like Father, Like Son
Saying Goodbye
Killing and Betrayal on South Mountain
Memories of a Beech
Junior Varsity Geezers
Knives
The Trapdoor Springfield
Hunting “Horns”
Filer Road Incident
WCO David L. Grove Laid to Rest
Field Notes
Conservation News
Off the Wire
Another View
Fun Game
The Naturalist’s Eye
Straight from the Bowstring
Lock, Stock & Barrel
Crossings
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - Cover2
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - Myths & Legends of the Whitetail
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - Contents
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - Keeper of the Game in Potter County
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - 4
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - 5
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - 6
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - 7
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - Like Father, Like Son
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - 9
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - Saying Goodbye
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - 11
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - Killing and Betrayal on South Mountain
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - 13
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - 14
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - 15
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - 16
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - 17
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - Memories of a Beech
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - 19
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - Junior Varsity Geezers
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - 21
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - 22
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - Knives
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - 24
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - 25
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - 26
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - The Trapdoor Springfield
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - 28
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - 29
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - Hunting “Horns”
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - 31
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - Filer Road Incident
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - 33
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - 34
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - 35
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - 36
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - WCO David L. Grove Laid to Rest
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - Field Notes
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - 39
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - 40
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - 41
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - 42
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - Conservation News
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - 44
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - 45
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - 46
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - 47
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - 48
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - Off the Wire
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - Another View
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - 51
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - Fun Game
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - The Naturalist’s Eye
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - 54
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - 55
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - 56
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - Straight from the Bowstring
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - 58
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - 59
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - 60
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - 62
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - 63
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - Crossings
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - Insert1
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - Insert2
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - Cover3
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - Cover4
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