Department of Environmental Conservation Environmental Conservation Officers (ECOs) Shane Manns and Steve Shaw reported that on October 1st, they conducted a patrol on a baited hunting stand they located a few days earlier.
Fresh bait piles with scents and mineral blocks were observed in multiple areas during the previous check and a tree stand was placed adjacent to the scene according to the ECOs. Upon arriving at the bait pile, they reported that they found one individual hunting in the stand with a crossbow, which is not a legal hunting implement during the early bow season. The female hunter also did not hold a valid hunting license the officers said.
She was issued tickets for hunting without a license, hunting with the aid of a pre-established bait pile, and illegally hunting with a crossbow during the closed season.
All tickets are returnable to the Town of Perth Court.