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Pennsylvania Hunting Commission: No charges in separate hunting-related accidents. | News

The Pennsylvania Game Commission will not press charges for a fatal hunting-related shooting in November in Warren County or another hunting accident earlier this month in Crawford County.

Investigations into the various incidents have been completed and no charges have been laid, Jason Amory told the Tribune. Amory is the Information and Education Officer at the Pennsylvania Game Commission Northwest Regional Office in Franklin.

Gary Hunt, 64, of Corry, died after being shot in the abdomen by his hunting buddy’s .270 caliber rifle as the pair crossed a stream around noon on November 20 in western Warren County. The two men hunted bears in State Game Lands 197 in Columbus Township, west of Corry. Hunt’s mate slipped or stumbled as the two crossed the stream with an unintentional discharge from the mate’s rifle.

“There was no way of knowing if the security (on the rifle) was on or off,” Amory said of the investigation. “Based on the specific facts of the case, it was a tragic accident.”

In Crawford County, Lawrence S. Pavolko, 58, of Albion was injured at around 1:15 p.m. on December 2 when he was shot in the chest by what turned out to be a bullet fragment. said Amory.

Pavolko was one of five people who hunted near Crossingville – on private land off Irish Road near Middle Road in Cussewago Township.

Three of the hunters were hunting deer while the other two hunters, including Pavolko, were stationary. Pavalko and the other stationary hunter shot at an approaching deer. The middle driver, who was Pavolko’s son, then shot the same deer, with Pavolko then being hit once by part of a .30-06 bullet, according to Amory.

The bullet fragmented upon hitting a tree and also deflected, Amory said.

“They were all hunting in a wooded area and Pavolko was hit by a fragment of a bullet, which makes him less guilty,” Amory said.

The four hunters provided first aid to Elder Pavolko until emergency medical personnel arrived at the scene.

Keith Gushard can be reached at (814) 724-6370 or by email at [email protected]