Pennsylvania Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – Dec. 22, 2017

NORTHWEST REGION
From the Game Commission

Butler County WCO Randy W. Pilarcik reports an individual killed two antlerless deer while hunting at a local golf course during archery deer season, and did so without securing an antlerless license. The culprit admitted to the violations. Charges have been filed for killing the deer and not securing the proper licenses. Fines could total as much as $4,000.

Butler County WCO Randy W. Pilarcik received a call from a concerned sportsman that an individual was skinning an untagged antlerless deer in his backyard. It was determined the individual had killed the deer, then used his father-in-law’s tag. Charges have been filed against the hunter and his father-in-law.

Erie County WCO Michael J. Stutts Jr. reports that charges have been filed against six Erie residents for riding ATVs on Fairview Evergreen Nursery property in Girard Township.

Erie County WCO Michael J. Stutts Jr. said charges have been filed against four individuals who were fishing in the closed nursery waters of Crooked Creek in Springfield Township.

Jefferson County WCO Roger A. Hartless reports a number of hunting license issues were detected the first few days of the statewide bear season. One bear hunter left his licenses back at camp and another found out he had left all his licenses at home. Three other bear hunters did not have a bear license at all, but claimed they thought they’d purchased them when they secured their other licenses.

Mercer County WCO Donald G. Chaybin reports that the first six weeks of deer season (archery, early muzzleloader and special firearms antlerless) had the usual violations. Violations encountered and citations filed included: illegal baiting (3); illegal treestands/damage to trees (1); not having required fluorescent orange (3); and hunting without license in possession (1).

Mercer County WCO Donald G. Chaybin said a Greenville man is facing several charges for fleeing from Game Commission officers. As the WCO approached an ATV stopped along a rural dirt road after midnight, the rider took off at a high rate of speed. The ATV fled for 1 mile as the WCO followed with emergency lights activated. The rider then went through a stop sign and crossed a state highway onto a private drive, where he drove across the lawn before stopping short of a pasture fence. He then abandoned the ATV and his passenger and fled across the field and into the woods on foot. Officers were able to apprehend him along the road nearly two hours later.

Warren County WCO Eric M. McBride reports that several individuals were cited during bear season for having loaded firearms in or leaning against their vehicles.

Warren County WCO David W. Donachy reports several hunters were advised to change location during a drive for bears because they were positioned to shoot across a road open to vehicle travel.

Clarion and Jefferson counties LMGS Jesse N. Bish reports the weather had a large influence on the bear harvest on the Saturday opener. Falls Creek Bear Check Station checked in 18 bears the first day. That is low compared to 2016, when 53 bears were checked on the first day. However, the first Monday 40 bears were checked, which was higher than the previous year on that day.

Crawford and Erie counties LMGS Shayne A. Hoachlander worked at the Tidioute Bear Check Station in Warren County. The cold rain coupled with high winds was not conducive to bear hunting, and the harvest showed it. Only 32 bears were checked on the opening day.

SOUTHCENTRAL REGION
From the Game Commission

Bedford and Fulton counties LMO Jonathan S. Zuck reports that, through the use of trail cameras, illegal ATV use on State Game Land 49 was detected and violators are facing prosecution. Zuck also reports that, earlier in the fall, he stopped a vehicle for casting a spotlight on a church. During the stop, he found the driver to be spotlighting while in possession of compound bows with quivers full of arrows equipped with broadheads.

Bedford County WCO Brandon Pfister said a Three Springs man has been sentenced to two years of state prison, seven years on probation, and large fines for the assault on an officer last year.

Bedford County, WCO Brandon Pfister reports that two men have pleaded guilty to possession of drugs and paraphernalia.

Bedford County WCO Brandon Pfister reports an individual has been charged with the unlawful taking of two deer and hunting through the use of bait.

Snyder County WCO Harold J. Malehorn issued a citation to an individual for hunting antlerless deer without an antlerless license or permit.

Snyder County WCO Harold J. Malehorn issued one citation each to two individuals who were spotlighting after 11 p.m. There were two individuals in the vehicle who were each given a warning.

Cumberland County WCO Timothy L. Wenrich encountered five incidents involving archery hunters unlawfully hunting through the use of bait or mineral.

Cumberland County WCO Timothy L. Wenrich reports an individual was cited for unlawfully alighting from a motor vehicle and shooting a pheasant from a roadway open to public travel.

Perry County WCO Steven Brussese reports that several people have been charged for spotlighting after the 11 p.m. quitting time.

Mifflin County WCO Amanda M. Isett reports that a hunter was caught hunting without possessing his license and not tagging his harvested buck during the archery season.

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