PA Hunts Game Officer Killer as Hunting Season Opens
Hunting season’s upon us in states across the nation. Unfortunately Pennsylvania investigators currently have a manhunt on for a person of interest in the shooting death of a state game commission officer. While this incident shapes up as a criminal case, state hunting laws exist to protect the resource and its takers.
- PA Game Commission officer killed while investigating poaching
- Safe hunting requires training, knowledge
- Avoid costly accidents, expensive rescues
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Hunting Laws Aim for Safety, Resource Protection
The officer was investigating illegal nighttime hunting and poaching when he was killed. These are just two acts that will get you busted when it comes to most game, birds and fish. It pays to know the laws and basic weapons safety, or you may pay accidently with a life, including yours.
State fish and game laws uniformly require most adults to obtain at least a license to take a resource. In turn, getting a license has become more than a matter of paying a fee. States have imposed many conditions on licensing and of course weapons ownership you must meet before you can hunt legally. This is so even in states where the right to hunt is enshrined in the state constitution.
One aspect of venturing out into the wild for hunting or other recreation that often goes overlooked is search and rescue. You can get hurt, and not just in extreme conditions like mountain climbing. If you’re anywhere in the wilderness and get hurt, search and rescue will try and find you if alerted. You can be stuck with an epic tab if you’re medevaced to hospital. You usually can purchase some cheap insurance against the search costs at least with a $5 or $10 state search and rescue card.
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