DANVILLE — By Karen Blackledge
The Danville News
LIBERTY TWP. – A Danville area man admitted to killing three bucks without having a hunting license, according to a wildlife conservation officer.
Officer Jason Kelley charged Fred M. Hagenbuch Jr., 52, of 92 Creek Road, with three counts of unlawful killing of big game and with killing the deer without a license Nov. 10 through Dec. 1 at 2500 Ridge Road in Liberty Township.
The commonwealth is seeking $1,600 in replacement costs, according to the charges filed by the Pennsylvania Game Commission officer.
The season limit for an antlered white-tailed deer is one with a hunting license.
Hagenbuch admitted to killing the deer – an eight- point Nov. 10, an eight-point Nov. 18 and an eight-point Nov. 26, according to the charges. He told Kelley the antlers and some meat from the first two deer were at his home. There were no seasons open for killing white-tailed deer Nov. 18 and Nov. 26, according to Kelley.
Hagenbuch said the rack of the third buck was in a tree next to his home.
Kelley retrieved the racks and 35 to 40 pounds of packed and frozen meat including bologna, sticks and jerky from the Hagenbuch home.
Kelley and another officer had been on patrol when they heard what sounded like a high-powered rifle shot from the general direction of 2500 Ridge Road Dec. 1. They observed a pickup truck moving around the Hagenbuch property and suspected the possibility of unlawful hunting on a Sunday and closed season violations.
The game commission officers observed four individuals walking down the hillside with one later identified as Hagenbuch. Hagenbuch said they had been relocating a hunting tree stand a short distance up the hill.
The game commission officer with Kelley returned to the road in front of 2500 Ridge Road to conduct a more thorough search of the wooded field areas by foot. He entered a natural opening into the plot of woods and within about 20 yards observed a headless, skinned carcass of a white-tailed deer that appeared to have been killed within the past few days. They also observed what appeared to be visceral materials, severed testicles and several rib cages of white-tailed deer strewn about the area, according to the charges.
When questioned, Hagenbuch said several times no one else had committed any crimes on the property and that he would speak to Kelley privately in his vehicle. When asked about the deer on the property, he said, “They’re mine” and “no one else had anything to do with it,” according to Kelley.
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