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where he exited. Ray and I wondered what the guy’s problem was. Could it be he had no valid deer tags or no license at all? Was there something about his firearm? All we could do was wait and see. Finally, the remaining hunters who chose not to break back up over the hill arrived at our location. Ray and I got out and made friendly conversation about the day, the weather and their hunt, all while we checked everyones’ licenses and identification. When I checked the one particular hunter’s license I noticed his antlered deer tag was missing and he had no antlerless deer license in his holder. “It looks like you had a successful season,” I said. He told us that he was just helping out his buddies drive deer and, in fact, he did have a valid muzzleloader stamp attached to his back tag. Again I made a mental note of his name and license number. Everyone then jumped in their vehicles and started heading out. Ray took note and jotted down the vehicle license number from the truck our suspect was driving. As everyone pulled away Ray decided we would drive to the top of the hill to see who had walked back to their vehicles from the deer drive. Everyone was gone, though. We drove back down to the dirt township road where we had been sitting but continued farther down the road directly below the large woodlot. We were anxious to head into the woods to see if we could find the guy’s rifle. Ray and I climbed the steep hillside to look around. When we neared the top corner where we had last seen the hunter in question exit, Ray looked for some kind of a marker, maybe a rock or a stick the hunter may have left as a landmark. I started zigzagging my way up toward the open field when I came upon a large decaying log. Sure enough, there lay the flintlock rifle. Ray came down and surveyed the area. He took a few photos of the gun just as we found it. Ray carefully picked up the flintlock rifle and we noted that there was powder in the flash pan. We briefly discussed the next course of
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action. We could either stake out the area, which could take hours and it would be difficult to hide our vehicle, or we could take the gun and leave a business card by the log. We decided to take the firearm and Ray tagged it with an evidence tag. We documented everything that had occurred, along with the suspect’s information that we recalled from our license check. Ray called the region office to run the vehicle information, which came back to our person of interest. Ray and I continued patrolling into the evening, wondering when the rest of this story was going to unfold. It was near dark when Ray drove me back to my car. In parting I asked Ray to keep me posted, as I was quite interested in how this case was going to play out. The following Monday morning I was at my desk at the Northeast Region Office when Ray called to tell me that he had just gotten off the phone with our suspect. Ray said the first words out of the guy’s mouth were, “What’s it going to cost me to get my gun back?” Ray implied that the guy was pretty straight forward and admitted to him that he had already killed a buck earlier in the season, and was in fact trying to kill another deer unlawfully. The guy ended up pleading guilty to at least two charges and his firearm was returned. Through the years I can think of many circumstances where a hunter in an unlawful situation would go to great lengths to deceive us, as if they were playing charades. I’ve told many a coworker over the course of my career that if only some of these people could see themselves through our eyes and how foolish they are acting just to cheat the system or to take advantage of our natural resources. I think WCO Lizzio and I did a pretty good job of playing the game ourselves that day.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013

Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013
Contents
Bob Mitchell Retires
Whitetail Predation
The Important Things I Learned at Camp
Weather Weenies
The Charade
The 7,658-Mile Deer
Late Season Rabbit
The Empty Seat
License Your Dog — It’s the Law
Redefining Success
A Miss in Time
Mixed Emotions
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 - February 2013 - Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - Cover2
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - Contents
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - Bob Mitchell Retires
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 3
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - Whitetail Predation
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - The Important Things I Learned at Camp
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 6
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 7
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - Weather Weenies
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 9
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 10
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 11
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 12
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - The Charade
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 14
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 15
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - The 7,658-Mile Deer
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 17
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 18
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - Late Season Rabbit
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 20
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 21
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - The Empty Seat
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 23
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 24
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - License Your Dog — It’s the Law
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 26
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - Redefining Success
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 28
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 29
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - A Miss in Time
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 31
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 32
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 33
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - Mixed Emotions
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 35
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - Field Notes
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 37
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 38
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 39
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 40
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - Conservation News
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 42
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 43
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 44
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 45
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 46
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 47
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - Off the Wire
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - Another View
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 50
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 51
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - The Naturalist’s Eye
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 53
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 54
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 55
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - Straight from the Bowstring
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 57
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 58
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 59
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - Fun Game
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 62
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - 63
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - Crossings
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - BB1
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - BB2
Pennsylvania Game News - February 2013 - Cover3
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