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PA: Game Commission investigates alleged illegal hunting

Game Commission investigates alleged illegal hunting

December 14, 2010

CHIPPEWA TWP. — The Pennsylvania Game Commission is investigating a Saturday incident in Chippewa Township in which residents say a deer hunter illegally shot a buck, hid it and tried to go back for it later.

Leo and Julie Meier said they returned home Saturday to find another couple waiting for Game Commission officers at their Winterburn Road property.

The unidentified couple said they had seen a man dragging an illegal buck from the Meiers’ property and had alerted the Game Commission. The couple said the buck’s antlers appeared to have fewer points than the minimum allowed under Pennsylvania deer harvesting restrictions.

They said the man had left the deer in a small ravine near the road.

Leo Meier said authorities waited in his driveway for the man to return for the deer, which he did shortly before dusk.

Wildlife Conservation Officer Matt Kramer confirmed that an incident is under investigation, but charges have not yet been filed. He declined to provide further details.

Meier said it appeared the man was hunting from a vehicle on the road, something he believes has been a recurring problem in the Winterburn Road area.

“We have caught a few people shooting from the road,” Meier said. “Unfortunately, that reflects badly on all hunters. ... I’m a hunter and I’m pro-hunting, but this doesn’t fall into the realm of hunting.”.

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