Re: Dead deer and gut piles
I found 2 Headless Bucks in the Alleghany National Forest during Bear season. They were cut open in a way that seemed like they were left for bait. I also have found 3 dead doe on different state game lands/public property in Erie County. All 3 were shot and left, couldn't tell you for sure if the hunters were too lazy to find them, or if they simply shot and left them there. All 3 were within 500 yards of a Parking Lot. The people who cimmitted these crimes should never be permitted to hunt again. I would understand if I found a dead deer that was a couple miles back in the thickest brush PA has to offer. The lack of snow makes tracking difficult for inexperienced/lazy hunters, but all 3 of these doe were easily seen from established paths/trails and within 500 yards of the parking lot. Even the laziest of hunters who refuse to leave the trail for any reason could have found these deer.
When I was hunting with my Dad as a kid,ocassionally we would help handicapped hunters recover their deer. Some of these were disabled veterans who were unable to drag the deer out of the woods. These disabled men were able to find the deer they shot, or at least point me in the general area where the deer ran down over the hill. If you are physically unable to Track/Recover the animal you shot, there are people who are willing to help. This was a great experience for a young hunter (I was 12 to 16 yars old). I learned how to track animals with and without snow. I don't claim to be a professional tracker, but if a deer is hit well, there is no excuse for leaving the animal to rot.