Pair charged with illegally killing deer

April 2, 2019

Two Confluence men are accused of illegally killing deer.

The Pennsylvania Game Commission charged Ryan S. Schartiger, 25, Latrobe Avenue, and Travis D. Schartiger, 29, Listonburg Road, with unlawful killing or taking of big game, hunting without a license and unlawful use of artificial light.

In November 2017 officers were investigating a claim that a woman was unlawfully shooting deer near her residence along Lippencott Road in Confluence.

She was not charged in Somerset County. Ryan Schartiger was supposed to be removing the deer and butchering them.

Police interviewed Ryan Schartiger.

Text messages found on his phone revealed that he and Travis Schartiger harvested anterless deer at night using a vehicle, spotlight and .22-caliber rifle, according to court documents.

Police also discovered that Travis Schartiger hunted with a muzzleloader without obtaining the required license.

Police interviewed both men in October. Ryan Schartiger told a game warden that he helped load a 4-point deer into Travis Schartiger’s car toward the end of 2017 and that the pair had shot and killed three anterless deer by using a spotlight while driving in October and November 2017.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 9:15 a.m. May 2 before District Judge Sandra L. Stevanus in New Centerville.