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The trial judge disagreed, his written opinion stating, in part, “Such a conclusion is absurd. The evidence in this case proved beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant was aware of the baited area. Consequently, it is irrelevant that he was at some considerable distance from the bait. As a result, he is found guilty of all charges.” Tony wasted no time filing another appeal, before the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania, where his attorney argued that the Game and Wildlife Code is unconstitutionally vague, because it does not specify an area or distance a hunter must honor to avoid taking advantage of any bait or food to hunt game. He also argued that his client could not possibly have taken advantage of the bait because he was more than 1,000 feet away and that his crossbow had an effective distance of only 30 yards. He further stated that the commonwealth did not prove criminal intent or offer any direct evidence (direct evidence comes directly from an eyewitness or an accomplice) that proved his client was guilty of a crime.

I waited more than a year for a decision from the higher court, but it was well worth it when a 3-judge panel upheld Tony’s conviction in a 7-page written opinion. In it’s conclusion, the Court stated, in part, “Although no direct evidence was offered here, there is circumstantial evidence (evidence which allows a judge or jury to reach a conclusion by reasoning drawn from facts known about a case) to establish beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant used bait to hunt for and possess a deer. Because this evidence supports a finding that the defendant took advantage of the bait at his camp to hunt a deer, his convictions must stand, and we affirm the order of the trial court.” This ultimately turned out to be an important legal opinion not just for me, but also for every WCO in Pennsylvania, because it is a judicial decision that can be used as a standard in subsequent similar baiting cases throughout the entire commonwealth. 

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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
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Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 29
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - Fifty-Year Quest for a Triple Trophy
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Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 32
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - Field Notes
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Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 35
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Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 37
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - Conservation News
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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 - Straight from the Bowstring
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Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
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Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - 63
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2012 - Crossings
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