PA: Charged for killing trophy-class deer with no license
Charged for killing trophy-class deer with no license
Pennsylvania Game Commission officials today announced multiple wildlife
charges have been filed against a Harrisburg man for violations on Dec. 9.
Citations were filed by Game Commission Wildlife Conservation Officer (WCO)
Michael Doherty before District Justice William Wenner, Lower Paxton
Township. Charged was Michael J. Sponsler, Harrisburg, for making false and
fraudulent statements, hunting without a license, hunting in a safety zone,
hunting in a cemetery and killing a trophy-class 10-point buck. Total fines
could reach $7,000 and 30 days in jail.
WCO Doherty received a call from a witness, who is also a hunter, who
reported hearing gunshots in a residential neighborhood just before sunset.
With help from the witness, Doherty located an empty rifle shell casing a
few yards from the Paxton Church, Susquehanna Township, Dauphin County, and
evidence that a deer had been dragged down the front steps of the church and
through the church cemetery to Sponsler’s mother’s home.
Doherty applied for a search warrant of the home and, along with the
assistance of WCO John Veylupek, recovered a dead 10-point buck and a .308
rifle. “This was a trophy-class deer,” said Doherty. “It weighed about 200
pounds and had an estimated Boone & Crockett score of 140 points.” Doherty
also learned that Sponsler did not have a valid hunting license when he
killed the deer.
Doherty added that another large buck – an eight-pointer – was killed in
a safety zone and left about a mile from this incident, at almost the exact
same time. “However, no one called the PGC to report this, so the unknown
violators escaped,” he said. “Sponsler was apprehended because someone
called the Pennsylvania Game Commission promptly.”.
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