July 22, 2010
Hurteau: You Vs. PA on Poaching Fines
By Dave Hurteau
Last week I asked you what the penalty should be for certain poaching offenses. On average—more or less—you answered as follows:
 Jacklighting deer: $1,000 to $5,000 fine; 1- to 5-year license suspension; some of you also mentioned jail time
 Killing a deer out of season: $2,000 to $10,000-plus fine; 5- to 10-year license suspension; some jail time
 Exceeding the bag limit for deer: same or slightly less than for jacklighting
I told you I would compare your answers to Pennsylvania’s recently updated penalties and here they are. (Sorry buckhunter and walmsley—no “chain gangs” or “death by jacklight.”)
From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
On Friday, Gov. Ed Rendell signed into law a sweeping change in the Pennsylvania Game Code that significantly increases penalties for wildlife poaching…. First-time offenders caught jacklighting a deer, killing a deer…out of season, or exceeding the deer…bag limit face 90 days in jail, a fine of at least $1,000 and a three-year loss of hunting privileges….
The former penalty for shooting a deer at night using a light was $200 to $300.