An argument over who shot the deer has one hunter in trouble with the
The bizarre story played out Monday in the woods of Lackawanna
Two brothers who were getting ready to tag an eight-point buck in
Springbrook Township when, they said, they were confronted by another
hunter who said he had shot the deer.
Now that hunter is facing charges for what happened next.
Officers from the state game commission said it's not uncommon for
hunters to argue over who killed a particular deer, but one hunter from
Scranton now faces a long list of criminal charges after his dispute
over a deer went south and he allegedly turned his rifle on two other
Court papers said Arthur Annacarto pointed his rifle at the pair of
brothers, threatened to kill them, and took the deer claiming he had
The alleged incident was hot topic Tuesday among hunters taking a
break at a diner outside Moscow.
"Probably be a big topic. It will go on for a couple weeks. It`s a
big controversy, and maybe the game commission will do something about
it, change the laws," said Sean Bartrige of Moscow.
Game commission officers said they don`t usually get involved in
hunters` disputes, but once the brothers, Phil and Zach Howell of
Scranton, reported the incident, police went looking for Annacarto and
camped outside his house.
Police arrested Annacarto Monday night and charged him with robbery,
harassment, and making terroristic threats.
Phil and Zach Howell went back into the woods Tuesday to try and get
another buck after theirs was stolen. In a phone interview, Phil Howell
said there is no doubt in his mind that the deer belonged to his
"For somebody to do that, I`d be upset. It would ruin my hunting
season, and it might ruin, I might not want to go hunting again, you
know, waiting for somebody else to do it," said Francis Sickle of
Other hunters said it`s common for hunters to argue over who killed a
particular deer, but said if these allegations are true then Annacarto
took it too far.
"That`s what you enjoy, going out there and getting your trophy.
Well, like, people are taking it a little more serious. They`re not
doing it as a sport no more, it`s turning into crimes. Hunting season?
You know, come on, really," said Richard Hallock of Elmhurst.
Annacarto was released from police custody Monday on $25,000 bail.
As for the deer, game commission officers said it needed to be
destroyed because it had been out in the warm weather for too long, but
they did keep the antlers.
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