Bad News. Big Trouble. Here are a few mistakes and actions that should be avoided at all costs.
|The Big Buck called “Whaletail” that was
illegally tagged by a hunter.
All 5 are guaranteed to ruin your day.
#1 – Being “less than truthful” with a Wildlife Fish and Game Officer
These men and women have a difficult job. When you encounter these folks, be straight up because it is the right thing to do. They also have plenty of experience to know fact from fiction.
A friend and his buddy came across a big buck that expired for unknown reasons and was at the bottom of a creek bed. Our friend had the only buck tag between them and they agreed to use that tag for the monster buck they had just found. According to the Game Laws in Pennsylvania, you can’t just tag a buck you didn’t shoot. It’s illegal but our friend didn’t know that. Word spread about the monster buck on the Internet and weeks later, our friend was questioned by the Game Warden after a lengthy investigation. He told the truth exactly as it happened. The antlers were confiscated and our friend received a minor ticket but did not lose his hunting license or receive additional citations. The Game Warden disclosed that our friend’s absolute straightforwardness went a long way in making his final determination.
#2 – Losing your Hunting License
Yep – the night before the hunt, the license that was attached to the backpack yesterday is gone. If you hunt in an area where a hunting license must be displayed, be sure that the license is secured by 2 or 3 fasteners so it is not lost when bushwhacking through the brush. You can’t hunt without your license and tags and as simple as it sounds, keeping track of your license is an absolute must.
#3 – Shooting a Damaged Arrow