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Too many hunters go too far

December 6, 2011

From PoconoRecord.com

As we slip into the second week of deer camp, many hunters have been experiencing success. Most hunters keep the game on the up and up, preferring the camaraderie of the hunt over the actual kill.

Some people, however, and I hesitate to call them hunters, take the need to kill a deer beyond reasonable limits. No deer should be so important that hunters end up in a physical battle over it. Such was the case in archery season when two men fought with broadhead tipped arrows over a deer, with both ending up in the hospital.

More recently, during the first week of the firearms season, a man threatened another with a loaded rifle in order to take possession of a deer that had been killed. These sort of happenings reflect poorly on those of us who consider ourselves "sportsmen" and "hunters."

Others are taking steps to ensure that they get to kill a deer (or bear), stopping at nothing to make that happen. Take for instance, the increased number of calls coming into the regional offices of the Game Commission concerning bating. It is against the law in Pennsylvania to use bait of any kind when hunting deer or black bear, and one cannot even use attracting scents when hunting black bears.

Yet some are so desperate to get that deer or bear that they resort to using bait in order to lure game to their location for the kill. To me, that is a crime against all other hunters, as the bait pile lures game away from those who are not using it, choosing rather to follow the law.

Next we have the snipers. These are not hunters out in the woods freezing their fingers and toes off waiting for a deer, but rather gun toting poachers who choose to ride around the back roads in their "mobile blinds,"
sniping deer from the warmth of their vehicle, which is, of course, illegal.

A hunter must be at least 25 yards from the traveled portion of a road to be in compliance, and this does not take into account trespassing. Other snipers are taking deer from the windows and doors of their homes and cabins as the deer visit the bread pile out back. This is not "hunting" and I fear the general public does not see the difference. This is poaching and stealing; it is a crime.

Lastly, we have the safety zone violators. A safety zone is defined as an area within 150 yards of any occupied residence, camp, commercial or industrial building, farm house or building or school or playground.

One cannot hunt in a safety zone without the owner's permission. Even walking through a safety zone with a loaded firearm is against the law.
Having permission to sit on a tiny piece of property while attempting to shoot deer on an adjoining property is not legal and certainly not ethical.

There is a difference between a "hunter" and a game hog.

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