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Pennsylvania Poaching Case Involves 172-Inch Record Buck

by Dylan Polk   |  December 14th, 2011 32
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Photo courtesy of the Pennsylvania Game Commission

When are poachers going to learn that crime doesn’t pay?

One Pennsylvania man didn’t learn soon enough. Scott M. Garner, 33, of Bainbridge faces charges for exceeding the bag limit for antlered deer in a license year by killing a second buck, according to reports.

On Dec. 1, Garner shot a 14-point whitetail in Londonderry Township, Dauphin County. Authorities said Garner re-used and altered a tag from a buck that had been shot on Oct. 31.

In Pennsylvania, hunters are limited to one antlered deer per license year. Had the buck been taken legally, it would have received a Boone & Crockett green score of 172 inches, placing it in the state’s top 25 for typical bucks.

Garner faces 90 days in jail and a fine of $6,500, which is increased due to the antlers’ trophy status. Garner also faces a three-year revocation of his hunting and trapping license.

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