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I just heard about this and a good example to read the regulations.
The first week of bear season a father took his 9 year old son hunting with him and was lucky enough to have a 250 lb. bear walk within gun range. The father let his son shoot the bear and he made a great shot and it dropped were it stood. The father put his tag on it and took it to the PGC check station as required by the regulations and was bragging how his 9 year old son made such a great shot! The WCO at the check station confiscated the bear and gave the father a fine because "Mentored Youth Hunters" are NOt allowed to harvest any bear!
I feel sorry for the kid,but the dad should of known the laws. What do you think...:eek:
 

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That's sad for everyone involved.
 
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Illegal by the letter of the law. I can see the dad wanting his son to get the shot and that being more important than him getting a bear. It's like the opposite of a greedy guy using his wife or kid's tag so he can shoot another deer. But, it is illegal so the chips will fall where they may.
 

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Father should have known better.... But I would have let it be. Guess that's why I don't work for the PGC.

Playing the "child card" can't work in this case as much as we would want it too.
An animal was taken by an illegal hunter (hunter not licensed to harvest the bear) , plain and simple.


I am sure there are other laws and guidelines for the mentored youth that a WCO could let you off with a warning with but as soon as you kill that animal, it was pretty much a done deal.


Learn from it, tell others who may have been doing the same thing and NOT harvested an animal so they now know, read up on the mentored youth rules and guidelines and move on...


Kids can't pick their parents....
 

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Sad for everyone but the warden, I'm sure that made his whole week!!! You can sign doe tags and fall turkey tags over to a mentored youth I can see how anyone could assume you could do the same for a bear. A father that lets his 9 year old, licensed, mentored youth, son burn his bear tag while sitting with him deserves a pat on the back in my opinion, but as stated above doesn't much matter what I think. Too bad!!
 
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