Every hunting season Wildlife officers across the country do their best to enforce game laws by stopping poachers. It is a shame when these poachers turn out to be kids. In a way I guess it is a good thing that they get caught early and can hopefully learn their lesson and mend their ways.
According to the Pocono Record, three juvenials will face poaching charges for the killing of seven deer in Monroe County PA. The names of the boys were not released because of their age.
Pennsylvania State Police Cpl. Larry McDaniel approached a vehicle occupied by two people in the early morning hours of Nov. 22. The officer observed two freshly killed antlerless deer in the bed of the pickup truck and discovered a rifle and a loaded shotgun in the vehicle.
Wildlife Conservation Officers responded to the scene and determined that both deer were killed outside of the regular firearms deer season, and through the use of a light. A third deer, killed in the same manner, was left in a field near a golf course.
Interviews with the suspects led Game Commission officers to a third juvenile that is also accused of participating in the killing of the three antlerless deer. Four antlered deer, in various stages of decomposition, were found at his residence and determined to have been unlawfully possessed.
Charges against all three include one count each of the unlawful killing or taking of big game, loaded firearms in a vehicle, and the unlawful use of lights while hunting. The suspects face fines up to $2,000 and may be sentenced to imprisonment for up to three months for these charges. The juvenile charged with unlawfully possessing four antlered deer faces additional fines of up to $3,200.
Hopefully this serves as a wake up call and these boys can mend their ways.