Pa. joins N.Y. in ‘Compact’

I read a few weeks back where Pennsylvania has now joined 35
other states, including New York, in a united front to put the
hammer down on serious poaching violations. What this means is
someone who loses his or her hunting license privileges in one of
the “Compact” states for certain poaching offenses will lose those
hunting license privileges in all states that are members of the
compact. By the same token, those who lose their hunting privileges
in other compact member states will no longer be able to come to
any other state in the Compact and lawfully hunt.  

Under the new law, the Pa. Game Commission must report to other
compact states, including New York, those convicted of the
following offenses under Title 34 (Game and Wildlife Code): hunting
or furtaking while on revocation; unlawful use of lights to take
wildlife; buying and selling game; hunting or furtaking under the
influence; shooting at or causing injury to a human; counterfeit,
alter or forge a license or tag; threatened or endangered species
violations; assault/interference or bodily injury to a wildlife
conservation officer; illegal taking or possession of big game in
closed season; and accumulated wildlife violations for which the
penalty and the violation is not the only violation in a 24-month
period. 

Pennsylvania revokes about 1,000 hunting licenses every year but
only 25 percent (250 individuals) would be reported to the compact
for the more serious violations. The change in the law was long
overdue because the laws and penalties were written generations ago
and by today’s standards the penalties for game law violations seem
mild. Unless the law has been changed in the last few years, in New
York for example, there’s a larger penalty assessed for illegally
killing a doe than for killing a buck. It seems the law goes back
to the 1920s or ’30s when there were far fewer deer than there are
today, so it’s inderstandable why does were considered more
important than bucks. Game law violators are nothing more than
thieves stealing from legitimate sportsmen and it’s time the
penalties change. I seriously doubt, however, the new penalties
will deter many violators from continuing their illicit activity
but it is satisfying to know they will face serious penalties once
they’re caught.

Categories: New York – Mike Raykovicz

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