Pennsylvania Outdoor News Cuffs and Collars – Sept. 29, 2017
From the Game Commission
Crawford County WCO Mark A. Allegro spent three days working the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s booth at the well-attended Crawford County Fair.
Erie County WCO Larry M. Smith reports observing grouse sign and flushed a woodcock while on foot patrol on state game lands in Erie County.
Jefferson County WCO Roger A. Hartless reminds archery hunters who are attempting to locate a wounded deer outside of legal shooting hours that it is unlawful to possess bows or crossbows while attempting to locate that deer. If a wounded deer is located, it is unlawful to dispatch the deer with any type of firearm. Also, if an expired deer is located after shooting hours, the date and time of kill that gets filled in on the harvest tag is the date and time that the archer took the shot that wounded the deer.
Mercer County WCO Donald G. Chaybin reports that a landowner enrolled in the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s Hunter Access Program complained about people driving across his property to access a pond for fishing. The usual “Closed to Motor Vehicles” signs were ignored because most of these conveyances were non-motorized. So, he blocked the field access road and posted “Do Not Drive on Fields” signs. Since then, there have been two incidents where people ignored the signs and drove across portions of his hayfield and another CREP field to fish on his property. DWCO Marshall B. Nych contacted subjects on both occasions, and citations are pending.
Warren County WCO Eric M. McBride reports that DWCO Cory J. Turben investigated a case of littering on State Game Land 291. An individual was cited as a result of the investigation.
From the Game Commission
Perry County WCO Kevin P. Anderson Jr. reports that three Cumberland County men were arrested for possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia on State Game Land 170.
Bedford County WCO Jeremy Coughenour reports that illegal ATV riding on game lands continues to be a problem and hidden cameras are being placed to help catch the violators.
Blair County WCO Salvadore Zaffuto reports the unlawful activity on the Altoona Water Authority is at an all-time high this summer. Hunting is allowed on the water authority property, within open seasons. But it is unlawful to fish, swim, ride ATVs or otherwise trespass on the water authority property.
York County WCO Justin Ritter reports a Delaware County resident pleaded guilty to selling the edible parts of game. Charges were brought after a lengthy multi-agency investigation. Fines were set at $2,000.
York County WCO Kyle A. Jury reports DWCOs Matt Miller and George Rupp have closed their investigations on a deer poached in the Spring Grove area. The officers responded to a report of a doe caught on trail camera with an arrow sticking out of its rib cage. Several of the residents in the area also observed the deer. Officers Miller and Rupp were able to match the arrow from the trail-camera photograph with an arrow they retrieved from the home of an individual they investigated. Eventually, the individual admitted to committing the senseless act that likely killed the doe and her two fawns.
Cumberland County WCO John Fetchkan reports that a Newville resident recently pleaded guilty to killing a black bear. Fines and costs will be just over $1,000. The culprit said he was just trying to scare the bear away, but it died soon after it was shot with a 12 gauge.
Adams County WCO Cory M. Ammerman reports an individual has pleaded guilty to multiple charges including providing false identification to law enforcement, littering, being in a restricted area and other violations. The individual’s total fines were over $1,650.
Blair and Huntingdon counties LMO Chris Skipper reports charges are pending against a person for illegal dumping of brush in a parking lot on State Game Land 322.
From the Game Commission
Berks County WCO M.P. Teehan reminds all adult hunters planning to hunt pheasants this year of the requirement to obtain the new pheasant permit. The cost is $26.90 and the permit must be signed and carried on the person while hunting pheasants. Junior License holders do not need the permit to hunt pheasants. For adult and senior hunters, hunting pheasants without this permit is considered hunting without a required license, and any pheasants harvested by those without a permit are illegally taken game.
Chester County WCO Matthew Johnson reports multiple citations have been filed against two adult males and one juvenile for target shooting activity on State Game Land 43 on July 4. Based on a tip from a local resident, which included a license plate number, evidence was found that the three individuals discharged over 100 rounds from handguns and shotguns in a food plot. The defendants left behind their shell casings and target materials, which included a watermelon, china ware, clay pigeons, a large metal disk and cans. A blackberry bush had been used as a backstop, and the direction of fire was toward popular walking trails and the state game lands Rifle Range, less than 250 yards away. Additionally, none of the defendants were found to have a current hunting license, which is required to target shoot in any manner on state game lands.
Lehigh and Northampton counties WCO William Kreider reports a house sustained damage as a result of gunfire from an individual who was hunting a local farm. As a result, charges have been filed.
Northampton County WCO Brad Kreider reports completing his summer turkey surveys for June, July and August. Bear calls and complaints in the district have slowed down. Several human exposure to wildlife cases have been submitted to the state lab for rabies testing with no positive results.