Wildlife Conservation Officer Brian Sheetz holds the antlers of the trophy class deer allegedly killed by Gerald Schott Sr. (Submitted photo)
HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -
A Lebanon County man must pay $7,100 in fines and costs for illegally killing a 13-point trophy class white-tailed deer.
Gerald Schott Sr., of Jonestown, shot the buck on New Year's Eve in an area behind the Green Point Fire Company in Union Township, according to Pennsylvania Game Commission Wildlife Conservation Officer Brian Sheetz.
Schott also killed a 6-point buck during the regular deer
season that he did not tag, Sheetz said.
He pleaded guilty in February to one count of unlawful killing or taking of big game, which carries a $1,500 fine, one count of unlawful taking or possession of game or wildlife, for which he will pay a $500 fine, and one count of unlawful tagging and reporting of big game kills, an offense with a $100 fine.
Because the 13-point buck is considered to be
in the "trophy class," an additional $5,000 replacement cost was
added to the fine.
Sheetz also filed charges against Schott's son, Gerald Schott Jr. of Lebanon, for assisting with dragging the illegal deer and transporting it to a butcher shop and taxidermist, and for killing a doe in the regular deer season that was not tagged.
Schott Jr. pleaded guilty to the same three counts and was ordered to pay $1,600 in fines.
Emial Miller, of Lebanon, pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful killing or taking of big game and was ordered to pay a $1,000 fine.
Miller allegedly held a light while Schott Sr. killed the trophy buck and assisted in field dressing the deer.