A long investigation into complaints about poaching turned up a lot of numbers, but the most significant ones involve the convictions and fines imposed on the law-breakers.
Six Pennsylvania people pleaded guilty to killing 18 deer over a four-month span and have been ordered to pay more than $23,000 in fines and court costs.
The six people, all of Spring Grove, Pa., admitted to shooting bucks and does between September and December 2014 in Jackson Township, according to the Pennsylvania Game Commission. They also were charged with being in possession of two unlawful deer.
Amy Daugherty, 44, Jennifer Rosenberry, 41, and a minor pleaded guilty to five counts of unlawful taking of big game, four counts of shooting on or across highways, three counts of unlawful use of lights while hunting, three counts of unlawfully spotlighting during rifle deer season, two counts of using a motorized vehicle to locate game or wildlife, two counts of possessing a loaded firearm in a vehicle, two counts of false or fraudulent statements on reports, one count of using a rifle during archery season, and one count of unlawful taking or possession of game or wildlife.
The three were ordered to pay $7,650 in fines plus court costs.
Cain Rosenberry, 30, Joshua Runkle, 21, and another minor pleaded guilty to 10 counts of unlawful taking of big game, eight counts of trespassing on private property, eight counts of unlawful use of lights while hunting, seven counts of shooting on or across highways, five counts of unlawful taking or possession of game or wildlife, five counts of unlawfully spotlighting during rifle deer season, two counts of failing to report big game kills within 10 days, two counts of false or fraudulent statements on reports, one count of using a motorized vehicle to locate game or wildlife, and one count of possessing a loaded firearm in a vehicle.
They must pay $15,650 in fines.
The Game Commission news release said officials searched the Daugherty home Dec.18 and confiscated multiple guns, bows and crossbows, hunting equipment, skulls, antlers, hides and meat. They also found a board that noted each person’s deer kills. Dee were killed at night with lights from highways, on private property, and some had Maryland tags.
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