By Kent Jackson
A Danville man was charged with poaching after state Game Commission officers found him with deer carcasses and antlers of a freshly killed deer.
Fred M. Hagenbuch Jr., 52, of Creek Road, faces more than $20,000 in fines and possible prison time if he is found guilty of unlawfully killing big game, killing multiple deer without a hunting license and hunting outside of the deer season, the commission said in a news release on Wednesday.
Two game officers acting on reports about poaching were patrolling near Ridge Road in Liberty Township on Dec. 1, the morning before the rifle deer season began across Pennsylvania.
They heard a gunshot that led them to a leased property where they found Hagenbuch and deer remains, the commission said.
Hagenbuch is accused of taking the deer in the area of Ridge Road, Liberty Township, the commission said.
Officers said they linked Hagenbuch to the killing of three deer, and he turned over antlers from two deer.
Charges were filed against him in the office of District Judge Marvin Shrawder of Danville.