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soaked with a thick coating of molasses. Nearby, a salt block had been placed in an open grassy field. I found deer tracks in the loose soil surrounding it. I looked at Tony. “Just want to make sure I got this right: You put this food here to attract deer because you want to grow big antlers for the guide service you run, correct?” “That’s right.” “Then I’m going to prosecute you for using bait to kill a deer.” “Wait a minute! Like I said before, I was at least 1,000 feet away, at my treestand, when I shot it.” “I don’t care if you were 2,000 feet away. It would still be illegal. The deer’s stomach is packed with corn and apples — the stuff you have behind your camp!” “Well, then, just how far away do I have to be so I am legal?” “There is no set distance,” I explained. “Many factors are considered when it comes to filing a baiting charge. And in this case, it’s obvious that the deer you shot was feeding on the bait at your camp.” “Understood,” he said with a weary sigh. “You confiscating my buck?” “Yes. It’s evidence.” “How much is the fine?” “Seven hundred dollars.” He nodded, his face exuding a sense of relief that the matter was coming to a close. “You can take a hearing,” I added, “tell your story to a judge.” “Oh, I don’t want to do that,” he groaned. “Look, can I pay the fine right now?” He caught me off guard. I wasn’t sure how to take his question and even wondered if he was trying to bribe me. “You can’t pay me,” I said. “But I can write your citations now and hand them to you. Then you can check off that you plead guilty and mail them to the district justice along with your payment if you
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want to get it over with.” “Fair enough,” he replied. “Will I lose my license?” “I would imagine so. But that decision is made in Harrisburg; it’s not up to me.” “I just want to put this behind me, be done with it.” I turned to Nando. “I want you to understand that you could be arrested for assisting Tony with an unlawfully killed deer. You both were in possession of the buck when Deputy Pierce showed up.” Nando swallowed hard and bowed his head in silence. “I’m not going to file charges against you, though,” I said. “We have one illegal deer, and there will be only one person fined. And, you’ve cooperated with me.” Both men smiled and thanked me profusely. “This was all my fault,” confessed Tony. “I really appreciate what you’re doing for us.” At the time, Tony and Nando both seemed genuinely sorry about the incident. I wrote two citations and handed them to Tony, fully expecting him to plead guilty as he had said, thinking the case would soon come to a close. But I couldn’t have been more wrong. Instead, Tony hired an attorney, and a trial was scheduled before a district justice in Tunkhannock. Nando and Tony both showed up. Tony was first to take the stand. After being duly sworn in, he testified that he’d climbed up into his treestand, which was 1,000 feet from the bait at his camp, when he saw a deer and took a shot at it. He didn’t know if he hit the deer or not, so he called Nando over to help him search for a blood trail. They never found anything, but on the way back to camp, he claimed that they stumbled upon a dead 10-point buck and decided
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012

Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012
Whitetail Predation
Contents
Bill Zee’s Boone & Crockett Club River Bull
75 Whitetails
2011-12 Small Game/Furbearer Harvests
A New Atlas of the Nesting Birds of PA
A Question of Proof
Fifty-Year Quest for a Triple Trophy
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 - November 2012 - Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - Cover2
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - Whitetail Predation
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - Contents
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - Bill Zee’s Boone & Crockett Club River Bull
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 4
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 5
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 6
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 7
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 8
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 75 Whitetails
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 10
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 11
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 12
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 13
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 14
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 2011-12 Small Game/Furbearer Harvests
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 16
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 17
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - A New Atlas of the Nesting Birds of PA
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 19
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 20
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 21
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 22
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 23
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - A Question of Proof
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 25
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 26
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 27
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 28
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 29
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - Fifty-Year Quest for a Triple Trophy
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 31
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 32
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - Field Notes
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Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 35
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 36
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 37
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - Conservation News
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 39
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Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 42
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Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 46
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - Off the Wire
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - Another View
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 49
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - Fun Game
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - The Naturalist’s Eye
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Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 53
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 54
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - Straight from the Bowstring
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 56
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 57
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 58
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 60
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 61
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 62
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 63
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - Crossings
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - BB1
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