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Behind the Badge
By Rick D. Finnegan
Sullivan County WCO

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The Cadet
ly apparent. He had cut trees and branches (damaging several trees) to conceal his blind and piles of corn. He also had no fluorescent orange material on himself or within 15 feet of his blind. When Cadet Anderson asked Mr. Dumco about the corn, cut branches, absence of fluorescent orange, etc., Dumco claimed to be coyote hunting. When asked about the corn, he said he was trying to lure deer and turkeys into the area so they, in turn, would lure coyotes. I really think he expected us to believe him. Hoping he’d come clean, I pointed out the charges he was facing and explained that being honest with us would be in his best interest. However, he stuck to his story. He did admit to killing a buck the year before, though, but nowhere near where we were. We took his information, took some photos, the trail camera and headed out. Mr. Dumco remained to clean up all of the corn and to remove his equipment — as we closed the area to hunting. As Anderson and I discussed the charges we could file, the deer that had been killed the year before kept nagging at me. Luckily, I had saved the case file with all the information, along with photos of the gut pile, corn, drag marks and other evidence. As we were driving away, Anderson and were both fairly quiet when, all of a sudden, he swung the truck around and headed back toward Ricketts Glen. “What are you doing?” I asked.
GAME	 NEWS

URING the second week of the 2009 firearms deer season, Mike Bowman, a park ranger at Ricketts Glen State Park, received word that a deer might have been killed over bait on the park property. The informant, Vinny Samaritan, stopped by the park office and reported finding a deer kill site with bait in the area. He noticed a gut pile, a trail camera housing box nearby, along with a pile of corn, and a spot where it appeared a hunting blind had been set up. Ranger Bowman and I investigated and found some blood and drag marks. Other than that, though, we had nothing else to go with. A year later, though, Vinny stopped by the park office again to report that a trail camera was in the same spot, along with a pile of corn and a blind. Two days later, WCO Cadet Kevin Anderson, who was on field assignment with me, and I headed to Ricketts Glen. It was 25 degrees and windy with snow flurries when we set out that morning. We met Ranger Bowman, and then, with GPS coordinates provided by Vinny, we split up and began looking for the site. After an hour or so trekking through the swamps of Ricketts Glen, Ranger Bowman located the site and found a Mr. Dumco there. Being close by, we met them in only a few minutes. Several violations were immediate-

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011

Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011
History of the Whitetail
Contents
In Those Days
Flintin’ With the Flatlander
Late Season Duck Hunting
The Perfect Opening Day
A Moment for Redemption
Deer Harvest Estimates
Beware the Pogonip
Habitat for Hunter Access Cooperato
The Cadet
Field Notes
Conservation News
Off the Wire
Another View
The Naturalist’s Eye
Straight from the Bowstring
Fun Game
Lock, Stock & Barrel
Annual Index
Crossings
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - Cover2
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - History of the Whitetail
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - Contents
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - In Those Days
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - 4
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - 5
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - 6
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - Flintin’ With the Flatlander
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - 8
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - 9
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - Late Season Duck Hunting
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - 11
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - 12
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - 13
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - The Perfect Opening Day
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - 15
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - A Moment for Redemption
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - 17
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - 18
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - Deer Harvest Estimates
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - 20
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - 21
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - Beware the Pogonip
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - 23
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - 24
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - 25
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - Habitat for Hunter Access Cooperato
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - 27
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - The Cadet
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Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - Field Notes
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - 35
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Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - 37
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - 38
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - Conservation News
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Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - Off the Wire
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - Another View
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Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - The Naturalist’s Eye
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Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - Straight from the Bowstring
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Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - Fun Game
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
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Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - 60
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - Annual Index
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - 62
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - 63
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - Crossings
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