PA: hunter gets heavy fine for poaching trophy buck
New Derry hunter gets heavy fine for poaching trophy buck
June 4, 2011
A Derry Township man has been ordered to pay thousands of dollars in
fines after being found guilty of poaching a trophy-class buck just two
years after a similar conviction.
Corey Enos, 21, of New Derry was found guilty of unlawfully killing or
taking of big game and unlawfully hunting while his license was revoked. He
was assessed nearly $7,600 in fines and court costs.
The charges were filed by Westmoreland County Wildlife Conservation
Officer Brian Singer after an investigation that began on March 14.
"We received an anonymous tip stating Mr. Enos had harvested a trophy
deer in October," Singer said. "Deputy WCO Bob Dempsey and I knew that Enos
was on revocation from a previous violation and found that the deer was
taken to a local taxidermist."
Dempsey said while at the taxidermist shop, officers discovered the
antlers and evidence that led to the filing of charges against Enos.
"The deer, a non-typical 11-point buck, scored over 125 points using the
Boone and Crockett measuring system, making this deer a 'trophy-class' buck
and subject to enhanced penalties under the Game and Wildlife Code," he
During a hearing on Tuesday, Derry Township District Judge Mark Bilik
ordered Enos to pay fines of $1,000 for killing the deer and $1,500 for
hunting while on revocation. Additionally, Bilik ordered Enos to pay $5,000
in replacement costs for the deer in accordance with the Game and Wildlife
Code because it was classified as a trophy-class animal. Fines, penalties
and court costs total $7,592.
Singer noted that Enos also faces the loss of his hunting and trapping
privileges for an additional eight years, as he was on revocation for a
poaching incident in 2009.
"This was a good, solid investigation conducted by our officers and
illustrates the importance of good information from the public," said Game
Commission Southwest Region Director Pat Anderson. "The increased penalties
for game law violators created by the passage of Act 54 last year have
finally brought some measure of justice for these crimes against wildlife." .
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