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I'd prosecuted multiple times. The witnesses' description matched the man's
characteristics. And since I was familiar
with his crew, I asked if the other hunter
happened to be a bigger guy with facial
hair, brown eyes and brown hair. Sure
enough, he was. And if he was the man
I was guessing, I'd prosecuted him, too,
once alongside the first defendant for
taking part in the same offense.
Of course, the men the witnesses
confronted claimed someone on a fourwheeler had shot the turkey. But if there
was such a person, where were the fourwheeler's tracks?
The only tracks I could see, on the
road's gravel berm, were from the vehicle
the two hunters were in. Nearby, a spent
12-gauge shotgun hull was along the road.
And in a clover field about 40 yards from
it was a pile of gobbler breast feathers.

CLEAR PICTURE

The man who confronted the hunters
had been outside completing chores when
he heard a gunshot. The gobbler still was
flopping on the ground as he looked to see
one of the hunters running to retrieve it.
The man quickly dropped what he was
doing and he and his grandmother drove
to the spot where the hunters' vehicle was
pulled off the road.
The hunters then related the story of
the man on the red four-wheeler, and left.
As I continued to investigate at the
scene, I found the shotshell wad, resting in
a direct line between the areas from which
the hull and feathers were recovered.
Given the evidence, it was hard to
imagine any scenario where the hunters
the witnesses confronted weren't responsible for killing the gobbler. I documented
the evidence, took photos and obtained
statements from the witnesses.
Next, I'd talk to the hunters to see what
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they had to say.

STICKING TO IT

Both hunters had prior criminal convictions, and I'd cited both in 2011 for
hunting and killing deer illegally, which
resulted in the loss of the men's hunting
privileges.
One of the men had another serious
game-law violation in 2013.
As you might expect, when I caught
up with the men after the gobbler-season
opener, their account of the incident
aligned neither with the evidence nor the
witnesses' statements. They continued
to blame the turkey's killing on the fourwheeler rider, and said they'd only picked
up the bird so it wouldn't go to waste.
Neither hunter tagged the turkey, and
one admitted to placing the bird in a burn
barrel at his parents' home and lighting it
on fire - reducing it completely to ashes -
saying he'd deemed it unfit for consumption because it was "too shot-up."
While they stuck to their story, I cited
each hunter with four violations including unlawfully taking big game, hunting
through the use of a vehicle, unlawfully
shooting on or across roads and failing to
properly tag a big-game harvest.
The defendants requested a hearing on
charges and, presented with the evidence
and testimony from the witnesses, the
judge found them guilty on all counts.
Their fines and court costs totaled more
than $2,100 and both defendants lost
their privileges to hunt and trap in Pennsylvania, and other states enrolled in the
Interstate Wildlife Violators Compact,
through June 2023.
The witnesses in this case were instrumental in getting this result. They never
waivered in stepping forward, making a
difference and bringing justice in this case
of an unlawfully taken turkey.



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