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State: 'Chronic' poacher arrested for allegedly poaching deer

Liz Evans Scolforo

A Hanover-area man with prior poaching convictions has again been charged for allegedly poaching deer, according to the Pennsylvania Game Commission.

(Pennsylvania Game News illustration from 1957 courtesy of Pa. Game Commission)

Andrew Michael Klinefelter, 29, who lives in Adams County and has a Hanover mailing address, is free on $10,000 bail, according to court records.

He is charged with five counts of illegally taking or killing big game, all third-degree felonies; two counts of misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia; and eight counts of hunting with a suspended license, which is a summary offense.

Charges were forwarded to Adams County Court for trial at his preliminary hearing before District Judge Tony Little on March 16, court records state.

He allegedly poached deer between September and February, according to a game commission news release, which states the drug paraphernalia charges resulted from a Feb. 6 search of Klinefelter's home.

Wildlife Conservation Officer Darren David received a tip in November that Klinefelter was hunting illegally and began an investigation that culminated in David filing charges March 8, the news release states.

Klinefelter is accused of illegally killing three bucks and one antler-less deer, according to the game commission.

He was convicted in 2013 and 2014 of poaching, according to the game commission.

— Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com.