Pennsylvania Game News - October 2020 - 44

JOB WELL DONE!
November 25, 2019

To whom it may concern,
My purpose in writing this letter is bring the appropriate attention to an
experience I had with one of our state game wardens over the weekend. With nearly
20 years hunting experience, as well as a lifetime spent in the outdoors, I
have shared many encounters with our state game officials, both personally and
through fellow hunters. Although I, myself, have never had a bad experience,
stories over the years don't always shed a positive light on our men and women
officers, until now.
This past weekend my large party of fellow hunters and I took to the woods as
we do every year, to try our luck chasing trophy-class black bear in Elk County,
Pennsylvania. Although my party is successful harvesting bear most years, the
odds had yet to be in my favor, until Saturday, November 23, 2019. Needless to
say, I was on top of the world.
Shortly after the harvest, State Game Warden Kolton Mueller arrived at the
scene. My party and I naturally began preparing all of our licenses and documentation, anticipating his immediate request, however, much to our surprise
that was not his first reaction. Officer Mueller's first words were, "Who's the
lucky guy?" His statement cut right through the unnecessary tension my party
had upon his arrival, and I immediately took credit for the harvest. Warden
Mueller did follow through with his routine inspection and round of questions
for my hunting party, but he did so in a congratulatory, professional manner.
Rather than just doing his job, he did so while celebrating with us. Although
I'm sure he, as well as his fellow Wardens, have seen many harvests like this
before and it's another day at the office, the men and women that take to the
PA woods make these memories one hunt and one harvest at a time, and Mr. Mueller recognized that. Even after the hunt, Warden Mueller awaited our arrival
and greeted us at the check station to print out data on the bear from the tag
in his ear - something he was unable to do in the woods due to signal issues.
Warden Mueller's exemplary conduct should be recognized and serve as an
example to all public service men and women of Pennsylvania. I want to thank
Warden Mueller for sharing in the memories made that will last a lifetime,
and shedding such a positive light on the men and women in green who serve us
outdoorsmen every day.

Sincerely,

Stephen E. Cardiff
Stephen E. Cardiff
Kittanning, PA

Stephen Cardiff with his bear
and the crew from Cleavers
Bear Camp, of Elk County,
gathered for a photo outside
the Weedville Hotel.
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