Re: Farm Bureau Bull
No, it is not poaching in PA!! Poaching is not a legal term, it means different things to different people. Trespassing is unlawful, hunting while obeying the game and wildlife code is lawful under the game and wildlife code even if you are trespassing. You are not stealing personal property from a landowner if you trespass and hunt as in the origional meaning of the word when landowners owned the game. If you want to believe hunting while trespassing is poaching knock yourself out but in the Commonwealth of PA under the laws of the Commonwealth it is not and continuing to say it is, doesn't make it so in the real world. It matters little what Websters or any other dictionary says the word means because the law isn't enforced from a dictionary. That said, again, I certainly do not condone trespassing, for any reason and I have no empathy for an intentional trespasser who is caught and prosecuted for it and I believe our trespass laws should have more teeth. Trespassing has always been somewhat of a wink and a nod kind of thing in our state as opposed to other states and it will take laws with more teeth and vigorous enforcement and some time to change the mentality that is ingrained in many Pennsylvanians towards it. BTW, no hunter has ever been prosecuted for having a logo on the front of an orange hunting hat and the only species that requires a solid orange hat while hunting is groundhogs.
When you are up to your butt in alligators, it is hard to remember your intent was to drain the swamp. Stay focused!