Pennsylvania Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – Nov. 10, 2017

NORTHWEST REGION
From the Game Commission

Clarion County WCO Steven J. Ace reports attending a course in investigating treestand accidents. Several quite-troubling statistics were reported regarding the number of incidents where death or serious bodily injury could have been prevented by wearing a safety harness. He urges everyone to wear your safety harness when using any kind of elevated stand.

Crawford County WCO Randy R. Crago reports a man was cited for using lead shot to hunt waterfowl.

Jefferson County WCO Roger A. Hartless reports that, while patrolling along a rural township road with Land Management Supervisor George J. Miller during the October muzzleloader season, the two noticed suspected road hunters in a pickup ahead of them. A few minutes later, the pickup stopped and a shot was fired from its driver’s side. That shot struck and killed an antlerless deer. The pickup was stopped and the occupants identified. Blood and deer hair in the bed of the pickup led the officers to the occupant’s camp, where an untagged antlerless deer carcass was discovered. A second antlerless deer carcass, tagged with an altered harvest tag, was discovered at another camp nearby. Hartless also detected violations including hunting from a baited stand, hunting unaccompanied and several failure to wear the required amount of fluorescent orange while hunting.

Warren County WCO Eric M. McBride reports that pheasant hunters enjoyed good success on the first day of the season.

Warren County WCO David W. Donachy reports filing citations for hunting deer over bait and failure to wear the required fluorescent orange.

Mercer and Venango counties LMGS Daniel P. Schmidt reports attending a weeklong National Rifle Association Patrol Rifle training course in Harrisburg. With the training, Schmidt will return to the Northwest Region and train his fellow officers.

Mercer and Venango counties LMGS Daniel P. Schmidt reports conducting a pack test for 11 Pennsylvania Game Commission wildlife habitat crew members on Oct. 24. The test ensures crew members are able to carry their packs and hand tools across various terrain, and all who participate in controlled burns must pass the test.

Crawford and Erie counties LMGS Shayne A. Hoachlander reports that, since Pymatuning Land Manager Jerry A. Bish retired, he has been busy assuming oversight of moist soil unit construction projects and water-level control structure installation at the Pymatuning Middle Impoundment near Hartstown. These projects were initiated cooperatively by Bish and Ducks Unlimited. When completed, they will enhance waterfowl management capability at Pymatuning.

SOUTHCENTRAL REGION
From the Game Commission

York County WCO Justin Ritter reports that a Philadelphia man was found guilty of attempting to take deer out of season with a crossbow and three cable snares.

Cumberland County WCO John Fetchkan reports that a few violations such as unplugged shotguns and license issues were encountered in September. Archery-hunter numbers seemed to be lower than normal early in the season, probably because of the hot and dry conditions.

Perry County WCO Kevin P. Anderson Jr. reports multiple baiting violations have been reported on private and public land during the archery season.

York County WCO Kyle A. Jury reports charges being filed against several waterfowl hunters after discovering they had loaded firearms in their boat while the boat was under the power of the motor. The hunters were hunting on the Susquehanna River in the early Canada goose season. Jury also issued warnings for the pair having unsigned federal duck stamps.

Adams County WCO Cory M. Ammerman reports multiple individuals have received warnings to remove bait from areas inside of the disease management area. The occurrences were unrelated to hunting, however, they still pose a threat of spreading chronic wasting disease by congregating deer.

Blair County WCO Salvadore Zaffuto reports seven Blair County residents were found hunting through the use of bait on the first day of archery deer season.

NORTHEAST REGION
From the Game Commission

Bradford County WCO Blake Barth reports one individual pleaded guilty to unlawfully driving a vehicle on state game lands and another pleaded guilty to unlawfully possessing a live raccoon taken from the wild and keeping it in their home.

Montour County WCO Michael College reports a bear entered a residence in Point Township, Northumberland County. The bear was anesthetized while inside the home, placed in a trap, and successfully relocated.

Bradford County WCO Eric Kelly reports incidents of vandalism of deer-exclusion fences on State Game Land 172 and increased waterfowl hunting pressure on area game lands in his district.

Susquehanna County WCO Ben Rebuck reports citing an individual for possessing a live raccoon taken from the wild. “This makes the fifth case this year of persons unlawfully taking animals from the wild in my district,” said Rebuck.

SOUTHEAST REGION
From the Game Commission

Berks County WCO M.P. Teehan reports that, on the first day of WMU 5C archery deer season, numerous violations were encountered including three baited stands, hunting unaccompanied, hunting without a valid license and an unlawfully taken deer, all before lunch.

Chester County WCO Matthew Johnson reports that dumping charges were filed against a man who owns property adjacent to State Game Land 43. A habitat-management crew discovered a 60-foot by 12-foot brushpile just inside the game lands boundary, and reported it to the local wildlife conservation officer. A path led to a neighboring property, where a resident was interviewed and stated he had been dumping yard waste there for years and thought it wasn’t a big deal because everything he dumped was biodegradable. A citation for dumping was filed, and the defendant cleaned up the brushpile prior to his hearing. He then pleaded guilty to the charge and was fined $250, plus court costs.

Dauphin County WCO Scott Frederick and DWCO Barry Everly investigated and found two men archery hunting for deer over bait through the use of an automatic feeder. Charges are pending.

Lebanon County WCO Brian W. Sheetz reports that, on the first day of dove season, numerous field checks were performed. During the check, an out-of-state hunter was found to have harvested seven doves. The hunter did not possess the required Migratory Game Bird License needed to hunt doves.

Lehigh and Northampton counties WCO Tyler Kreider reports that numerous warnings were issued for violations of shooting-range regulations at State Game Land 205. As activity at the range increases, so will routine license and range-permit checks.

Northampton County WCO Brad Kreider reports that two bear-poaching incidents have been investigated since the opening of the WMU 5C archery season, and charges are pending.

Lancaster County WCO Greg Graham reports charges are pending in two hunting-related shooting incidents that occurred on the first day of dove season. Both incidents could have been avoided if hunters had complied with safety-zone laws. Shotgun pellets will travel a minimum of 250 yards for small pellets and farther with larger sizes.

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