Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 10

Behind the Badge
Adams County WCO artwork by carrie andraychak

By D. J. David

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’M A LUCKY WCO to have spent 12 years without having to investigate a shooting fatality (knock on wood), but I have investigated a lot of close calls and other instances of careless gun handling that resulted in property damage and human injury. Especially because none ended in ultimate tragedy, some make for what I consider interesting examples of what does but shouldn’t happen. Sharing these accounts may entertain but, more importantly, help prevent repeat performances. Back when I was the W C O f o r D e l a w a r e C o u n t y, a densely populated area near Philadelphia, there were many deer hunters who tried to hunt small acreages in between buildings and developments, with shotguns due to being a Special Regulations Area. One such tract had a house whose owner contacted me after discovering it had been hit with buckshot. When I arrived, he showed me a first floor backyard window penetrated by a 00 buckshot pellet, which was found on the floor of the laundry room inside. Surrounding the window in a wide pattern were holes in the wooden

siding caused by several more pellets, imbedded about half an inch. Walking straight out through the backyard in freshly fallen snow, I eventually saw a set of boot prints that I followed back to a corner of a woods line 200 yards from the house. There I found some spent 12-gauge 00 buckshot shell cases on the ground. The most amazing thing to me about this case was how much power a shotgun load like that can have at 200 yards. I continued to follow the footprints through the woods into an adjoining property, which ended at a greenhouse whose owner I knew. I asked him who had been hunting on his property recently, and all he could remember was a small white box truck used to haul bakery products had been parked there. I asked him to call me if he saw it again. A couple days later I got the call while eating lunch nearby. I dropped my sandwich and rushed to the property, where the box truck was parked next to the greenhouse. Inside the greenhouse was a hunter decked in fluorescent orange, with a shotgun, having just come back from a quick hunt. I secured his shotgun and asked him to show me his boot. I recognized the relatively distinct tread of the sole as matching the prints I found earlier in the week. He then agreed to show me where
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012

Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012
History of the Whitetail
Table of Contents
Going to the Ducks
A Tribute to Jon DeBerti
You Can’t Call It Back
Cover Story
Last Shot for Pap?
75 Years of Success in Pennsylvania
NASP Students are Hungry for More
Bears and Turkeys
A Natural Connection
The Other Migratory Game Birds
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 - September 2012 - Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - Cover2
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - History of the Whitetail
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - Table of Contents
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - Going to the Ducks
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 4
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 5
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 6
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - A Tribute to Jon DeBerti
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 8
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 9
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - You Can’t Call It Back
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 11
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 12
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - Cover Story
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 14
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - Last Shot for Pap?
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 16
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 17
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 75 Years of Success in Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 19
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 20
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - NASP Students are Hungry for More
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 22
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - Bears and Turkeys
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 24
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 25
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - A Natural Connection
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 27
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - The Other Migratory Game Birds
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 29
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - Field Notes
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 31
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 32
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 33
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 34
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - Conservation News
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 36
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 46
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - Off the Wire
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - Another View
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 49
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 50
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - The Naturalist’s Eye
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 52
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 53
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 54
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - Straight from the Bowstring
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 56
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 57
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 58
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - Fun Game
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 61
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 62
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 63
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - Crossings
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - BB1
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - BB2
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - Cover3
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - Cover4
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