Sunday, November 20, 2011

Trophy Bucks Can Be Tempting To Poachers

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Not all trophy bucks make it to hunting season.

Big antlers tempt poachers. Jason Farabaugh, a wildlife conservation officer for the Pennsylvania Game Commission, confiscated four bucks scoring 125 or better that were shot at night in Fayette County last year.

"There's a lot of greed among poachers in the area," Farabaugh said.

Brian Witherite, a conservation officer in Somerset County, said he -- and plenty of others -- know of three bucks in the 150-class in his district now. Officers are "babysitting" them to ensure they survive to hunting season, he said.

But poachers are a problem.

"The things people tip us off to, the cases we come across, that's the tip of the iceberg unfortunately," Witherite said.

The public can confidentially report poaching incidents -- and earn cash rewards -- by calling the commission's tip line at 888-PGC-8001 or its regional offices or by visiting

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