Pennsylvania Game News - December 2018 - 32

THE BLOOD WAS
It was Dec. 8, the last Friday of the
2017 firearms deer season, and the highschool rifle team I coach was just about
to start practice, when my phone buzzed
with a text message.
It was from Game Warden Shawn
Barron, whose district borders mine.
An informant had alerted Shawn that
a huge buck taken the previous week in
Jefferson Township, west of Somerset,
might have been killed illegally.
Since Shawn was in the area, he
stopped by the range facility to further
fill me in.
They say a picture is worth a thousand
words. And when Shawn showed me the
photo of a fully camouflaged hunter with
bloody hands wrapped around a giant
11-point rack, I was speechless.
The buck was immense.
It appeared the photo might have been
snapped at the harvest site. And the hunter,
who we'd already identified, wasn't wearing a stitch of orange.
It lined up well with the story Shawn
had heard from the informant - that the
hunter had trespassed onto private property in camouflage, and had taken the buck
there, then had his father tag it.
As soon as practice concluded, I starting digging into the case.
A quick check revealed the man in the
photograph didn't have a valid hunting

license. I thought about that photograph,
too, and the hunter's bloody hands. While
there was another photograph out there
picturing the hunter's father with the buck,
he didn't look like he'd just come from the
woods with it; he was wearing blue jeans
and a ball cap as he stood next to the buck.
Shawn and I would interview the father
first, then go on from there.
The father claimed he'd shot the buck
after he got off work on Wednesday,
Nov. 29, and said the buck was on private
property where he had permission to hunt.
We inspected his license and saw it
still contained his antlered deer harvest
tag, though the first panel of the license,
which shows the license year and hunter
CID number, was missing.
The man said he must have made an
honest mistake and used the wrong panel
of his license to tag the buck.
Later I checked with the man's
employer to view his work records for
Nov. 29, I learned he gotten off work
about 3 p.m. Hunting hours in western
Somerset County expired at 5:21 p.m. that
day, meaning he would have had a small
window within which to harvest the buck.
But what about those photos? My
experience told me there was another
explanation.

TWO HUNTERS POSED WITH THE BUCK.
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