Convictions and fines have been handed down on a man who illegally shot a giant buck — behind a city fire station! — and his son for helping drag it out and haul it to the processor.
Gerald Schott Sr., of Jonestown, Pa., was hit with a $7,100 fine for illegally killing a 13-point trophy buck last New Year’s eve. Schott also killed a 6-point buck he did not tag, as required, according to Brian Sheetz, a wildlife conservation officer with the Pennsylvania Game Commission.
Sheetz said Schott killed the deer near the Green Point Fire Company in Union Township, Pa., with the aid of a light held by another man, Emial Miller, of Lebanon. He pleaded guilty and paid a $1,000 fine for a count of unlawful killing or taking of big game.
Schott pleaded guilty last February to one count of unlawful killing or taking of big game, one count of unlawful taking or possession of game or wildlife, and one count of unlawful tagging and reporting of big game kills. Fines and court costs total $2,100, and he was hit with an additional $5,000 fine due to the 13-point buck being considered “trophy class” by the game commission.
Schott’s son, Gerald Schott Jr., of Lebanon, also was charged. The conservation officer said he assisted with dragging the illegal deer and transporting it to a butcher shop and taxidermist, and also killed a doe in the regular deer season he failed to tag. Schott Jr. paid $1,600 in fines.