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December 27, 2012

'Road hunters' cited in Union County

MIFFLINBURG — There have been about a dozen “road hunters” cited in Union County this season, including a November incident in which a passenger told his friend to pull over on Route 192 so he could get out and shoot at a bear he had seen.

It’s a statistic worth noting as Wednesday was the first day of late archery season and flintlock muzzleloader season, Wildlife Conservation Officer Dirk Remensnyder, of the Pennsylvania Game Commission, said. Both run until Jan. 12.

Remensnyder said he couldn’t identify the man who was cited with using a motorized vehicle to locate game or wildlife and, after alighting from the vehicle, for firing the gun within 25 yards of the travel portion of the highway.

Both are summary offenses that could bring $400 to $800 in fines, Remensnyder said. Fines typically are paid within 180 days.

The driver in this incident, which occurred during rifle bear season Nov. 17-22, received a warning, not a citation, because he was forthright with officials about the incident, Remensnyder said. Essentially, his friend shouted for the driver to pull over without saying why, and he did.

A nearby resident, who heard the shot and drove down the road to see what was happening, called Remensnyder’s office. The resident saw the parked vehicle and recorded the license plate number, which led Remensnyder to the vehicle’s driver.

“Road hunting,” as it’s commonly known, brings about a lot of citations each year, particularly during deer season, Remensnyder said.

“Instead of doing things like they’re supposed to, (a person will) see a deer and jump out and shoot,” he said.

The two citations the man received are the most common charges in road hunting, Remensnyder said. They also are non-revocable offenses, which means a licensed hunter would not lose his or her license. However, repeated offenses could bring about a review from the Game Commission, which could decide to pull the person’s license.

 

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