Pennsylvania Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – Feb. 2, 2018

From the Game Commission

Clarion County Game Warden Michael A. Girosky said several charges were filed against an individual involved in poaching a deer during bear season. The information came from witnesses called the Pennsylvania Game Commission in a timely manner.

Clarion County Game Warden Steven J. Ace reports filing citations for the following violations from deer season: baiting, failure to wear the required fluorescent orange, hunting without a license, attempting to take over the limit, loaded firearms in a vehicle and littering.

Crawford County Game Warden Mark A. Allegro reports that, during the firearms season, he investigated a case where a doe was killed on opening day of antlered deer season. When confronted by another hunter about the doe, the suspect said it was a mistake kill, and that he’d already called the Game Commission who said wardens would meet him at the road. However, he’d never called, and when eventually identified, interviewed and asked to produce the head to prove it was a sublegal six-point as he said, he related he threw it in the dumpster at work two days earlier, three counties away. When asked when the garbage was picked up, he said the previous night, so the head was probably gone. Eventually, the head and hide from the deer were located just a few miles from his house, dumped alongside of the road.

From the Game Commission

Allegheny County Game Warden Douglas Bergman reports two Lincoln Borough men face charges for hunting in safety zones. It is unlawful to pursue, chase, or drive deer within 150 yards of any dwelling with or without a firearm while engaged in hunting activities.

Allegheny County Game Warden Dan Puhala reports a local man had charges filed against him for shooting a deer after the close of the regular firearms deer season. Thanks to an anonymous tip, he was apprehended and faces fines up to $1,500 for the deer, plus license revocation up to three years.

Allegheny County Game Warden Dan Puhala reports several individuals have been cited for hunting with high-powered centerfire rifles during the recent deer seasons. Hunting with a centerfire rifle has been unlawful in Allegheny County since the 1970s. Hunters are reminded to review the “Special Regulations Area” regulations before hunting in Allegheny County (WMU 2B). A citation for hunting with a centerfire rifle carries a $100 to $200 fine, plus court costs.

Beaver County Game Warden Matt Kramer reports that, during the two-week firearms deer season, the No. 1 violation encountered by officers in the district was loaded firearms in, on or against a motorized vehicle. This safety violation not only puts the hunters themselves in danger, but also others in their hunting party.

Beaver County Game Warden Mike Yeck reports an investigation into an illegal ground blind led to multiple charges against two hunters. During an administrative field check of an occupied blind, it was discovered the hunter was in possession of an antlerless deer license belonging to his son. The hunter admitted to using one of his son’s antlerless licenses during the October antlerless season. The hunter pleaded guilty to the unlawful taking of game or wildlife and failure to display the required amount of fluorescent orange-colored material outside the blind while occupied. Both he and his son pleaded guilty to license violations.

Fayette and Westmoreland counties Game Warden Andy Harvey reports a juvenile recently pleaded guilty to harvesting an antlerless deer for which he did not have a license. The defendant spotted the deer while riding in a vehicle, rolled down the back window and shot while still inside. This took place on a road open to public travel and was well within a safety zone.  The individual was ordered to pay $1,350, plus court costs, and may face up to three years of license revocation. The driver of the vehicle also was charged with assisting, and ordered to pay $400 plus court costs.

From the Game Commission

Clearfield County Game Warden Mark Gritzer reports a hunter was found guilty at a hearing for unlawfully baiting a bear during the statewide archery season, but  the charge for the unlawfully killing the bear was dismissed by the magistrate.

Clearfield County Game Warden Mark Gritzer reports, that on the opening day of rifle deer season, a hunter accidentally shot and killed 5-by-5 bull elk in mistake for a white-tailed deer in West Keating Township, Clinton County. The subject faces charges due to negligently failing to identify the target, which resulted in the death of the animal.

Clearfield County Game Warden Mark Gritzer reports that, on the last day of rifle deer season, a  deer hunter was encountered, standing in an open field dressed in full camouflage and no fluorescent orange.

Clearfield County Game Warden Mark Gritzer reports six out of 27 bears trapped this season showed up at designated bear check stations.

McKean County Game Warden Jeffrey Orwig reports that charges were filed against several non-residents for license violations, unlawful deer and hunting over bait.

McKean County Game Warden Jeffrey Orwig reports that charges were filed against an individual for attempting to take a second antlered deer.

Centre and Clinton counties Land Manager Eric Erdman reports the merging of two travel lanes into one on the south side of Scotia Range Road, on State Game Land  176 in Centre County, soon will be complete. For about a mile from West Gatesburg Road until the Scotia Range, there are separate incoming and outgoing lanes. Merging the lanes will minimize road maintenance and create more parking for hunters.

Union County Game Warden Dirk Remensnyder received reports an individual shot an 8-point buck from a vehicle on a Sunday evening, the day after the rifle deer season ended.

Cameron County Game Warden Wayne A. Hunt reports concluding an investigation into a November hunting-related shooting incident in which a turkey hunter shot and injured his hunting companion. The line-of-fire incident was the result of the hunter not looking beyond his target before firing, and stalking turkey sounds.

Lycoming County Game Warden Harold Cole reports a decoy operation during the 2017 rifle deer season led to charges after a man allowed his 15-year-old son shoot illegally at the decoy. The man argued he didn’t know it was against the law. He was advised they’d been in place since 1986, and he was taught them in Hunter-Trapper Education.

Centre County Game Warden Michael Ondik reports that, while hunting pressure overall was a bit lighter than past seasons, many large-racked bucks and healthy antlerless deer were taken in Centre County in 2017, and there were no hunting-related shooting incidents in the district.

Elk County Game Warden Susan Edmiston reports that a juvenile from Brockway has pleaded guilty to four charges stemming from a decision to hunt deer on a Sunday, on a private property where he didn’t have permission, and without possessing his hunting license or wearing the required fluorescent orange. Fines and costs totaled $760.

Elk County Game Warden Susan Edmiston reports that a beaver trapper incidentally caught a river otter in a very small tributary to Wyncoop Run in Millstone Township. The river otter population in Elk County continues to grow and spread into more waterways in the area.

Elk County Game Warden Jason Wagner reports that an individual from St. Marys has been cited for shooting a doe without a valid DMAP permit on the opening day of rifle deer season. The same individual also shot a protected deer not meeting the antler restrictions and attempted to re-use an already-filled antlered tag on this second animal. The same tag was used in the poaching of multiple deer at night during the first week of rifle deer season. That investigation is ongoing.

Clinton County Game Warden Kirk Miller reports that, during the two week firearms deer season, multiple individuals were cited for loaded firearms in a motorized vehicle.

Potter County Game Warden William Ragosta reports multiple trapping investigations and a few dozen prosecutions from the big-game seasons wrapped up recently.

McKean County Game Warden Skyler Gibble reports writing multiple citations against hunters who possessed expired licenses while hunting.

Centre and Clinton Counties Game Warden Daniel Murray reports that charges have been filed for various game-law violations found during the 2017 rifle deer season. Charges included untagged big game, license violations, loaded firearms in vehicles, locating game through the use of motor vehicles, unlawful killing of big game, and hunting through the use of bait.

Lycoming County Game Warden Kristoffer Krebs reports that a Cogan Station man was cited for unlawful taking or possession of game or wildlife after killing a 7-point buck on private property near his home and failing to tag it. The deer was seized three days later, and still had not been tagged. The defendant entered a guilty plea before Magisterial District Judge William Solomon and has been ordered to pay a $500 fine. The man now faces the revocation of his hunting and furtaking privileges.

Lycoming County Game Warden Kristoffer Krebs reports a Trout Run man was cited for killing a deer within Disease Management Area 2 in Blair County, then unlawfully transporting the carcass whole to a meat processor in the Trout Run area. The prohibition on transport is intended to control the spread of chronic wasting disease within the commonwealth.

Tioga County Game Warden Robert Minnich recently went through over 10,000 pictures from trail cameras he’d  deployed on state game lands, and there were many interesting images. The cameras are used to capture illegal activity on game lands, such as prohibited ATV, bicycle and horseback riding, and driving on roads closed to vehicles. Many people could be seen stopping and looking at the signs posted, then proceeding to ignore them.

From the Game Commission

Bedford County Game Warden Jeremy Coughenour reports that two Baltimore, Md., residents have pleaded guilty to multiple charges stemming from two separate road-hunting incidents. Both men were charged with illegally shooting two deer through the truck window at two separate locations. A landowner witnessed the violation and located the vehicle at a nearby hunting cabin. If not for the witness and her persistence, both of these crimes would have gone unpunished.

Blair and Huntingdon counties LMO Chris Skipper said multiple violations were encountered during the two-week rifle deer season.

Cumberland County Game Warden John Fetchkan reports an investigation into a deer that most likely was shot from the road behind the Little League baseball fields in Newville is ongoing. This occurred after rifle season. The deer had a crossbow bolt still in its head. Anyone with information is asked to call 814-643-1831.

York County Game Warden Justin Ritter reports a York Township man has plead guilty to hunting while privileges were revoked, hunting through the use of bait, and attempting to take deer unlawfully. The man was subject of a two-month investigation. Multiple game wardens, deputy game wardens, and a Game Commission K-9, were involved in the investigation and arrest of the man.

Fulton County Game Warden Justin T. Klugh reports that three individuals have pleaded guilty to unlawful taking of wildlife after being caught on trail cameras loading illegal deer into their vehicles.

From the Game Commission

Bradford County Game Warden Blake Barth reports filing charges including hunting through the use of a motorized vehicle, unlawful tagging of big game, harvesting multiple antlered deer, and hunting through use of bait. Some charges include restitution cost for deer that were unlawfully taken.

Montour County Game Warden Michael College reports citing several individuals for taking antlerless deer during the first week of the firearms deer season, in areas where antlerless deer hunting was closed. Fines for these offenses range from $1,000 to $1,500.

Columbia County Game Warden Rick Deiterich cited two men for having loaded rifles in the back seats of their vehicles on State Game Land 226 in Millville.

Columbia County Game Warden Rick Deiterich cited a Jerseytown man who shot and killed an antlerless deer and intentionally tagged the deer with a tag from a different WMU.

Columbia County Game Warden Rick Deiterich reports a Berwick man was cited on State Game Land 55 for failure to wear the proper amount of fluorescent orange material during the rifle deer season.

Columbia County Game Warden Rick Deiterich reports a Bloomsburg man was cited for killing an antlerless deer in Montour Township, without an antlerless deer license.

Wayne County Game Warden Frank Dooley reports that, during field checks this past season, he encountered several hunters who had not taken the mandatory Hunter-Trapper Education Course. As a result of killing big game without valid licenses, charges were filed.

Sullivan County Game Warden Rick Finnegan reports that several non-residents were cited for purchasing resident hunting licenses unlawfully.

Bradford County Game Warden Michael Goodenow reports three individuals were found during the rifle deer season, traveling in UTVs with loaded firearms. Each individual faces fines of up to $300.

Pike and Monroe counties Game Warden Mark Kropa reports a man from Montgomery County was charged with shooting a 5-point buck over bait and in several safety zones. He faces fines of more than $1,000 and possible loss of his hunting license privileges.

Pike and Monroe counties Game Warden Mark Kropa is investigating reports of several trappers from the southeastern part of the state trapping Porter Township and not checking their traps in the required 36 hours. They each face fines of up to $200 for each violation.

Lackawanna County Game Warden Aaron Morrow reports that a Wayne County man recently pleaded guilty for the unlawful taking of an antlerless deer during the opening day of the antlered rifle deer season.

Lackawanna County Game Warden Aaron Morrow reports that a man from New Jersey was charged with multiple offenses that stemmed from a license violation during the antlered rifle deer season. The suspect is a non-resident and unlawfully purchased and hunted with a resident hunting license in Pennsylvania. The suspect had also harvested an antlered deer, which was seized.

Monroe County Game Warden Bryan Mowrer reports that three Monroe County men have been charged with the unlawful taking of an antlerless deer on the opening day of late flintlock deer season. The men shot the deer from inside the vehicle, across the traveled portion road, and within 30 yards of an occupied home.

Susquehanna County Game Warden Ben Rebuck reports citing nine people on the opening day of firearms season for hunting through the use of bait.

Susquehanna County Game Warden Mike Webb reports some investigations from rifle deer season are ongoing and a number of investigations have concluded. The most common violations this past deer hunting season include hunting through the use of bait, having loaded firearms in vehicles, and shooting across the traveled portions of roads.

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