Pennsylvania Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – March 2, 2018

From the Game Commission

Clarion County Game Warden Steve Ace reports several violations on game lands have been detected recently. One individual attempted to burn garbage in the middle of a game lands parking area. Treestands, some of them not marked with identifying information, have been left on the game lands. They are being confiscated. A coyote hunter was caught shooting from the roadway. Snowmobiles have unlawfully run on game lands. The shooting from the roadway and litter violations are pending court proceedings. Treestands can be claimed by the owners describing the stands and where they were located. Anyone with information regarding the snowmobiles is asked to call the Northwest Region Office at 814-432-3187.

Crawford County Game Warden Mark Allegro reports a second non-resident hunter who purchased a resident hunting license by providing false information recently pleaded guilty. Each of the individuals, in separate cases, were charged with multiple counts of providing invalid information in the purchase of various resident licenses.

Erie County Game Warden Michael Stutts Jr. reports an Erie man was found guilty and fined over $800 for Unlawful Taking of Game/Wildlife and Unlawful Acts Concerning Licenses. The man shot a spike during the opening day of deer season and then went on to purchase and use a Mentored Youth license to tag the deer.

Jefferson County Game Warden Roger Hartless reports a few pending cases from deer season soon will wrap up. Although deer season ends for most hunters in mid-January, deer season for game wardens usually doesn’t completely end until about the time spring turkey season starts.

Jefferson County Game Warden Andrew Troutman reports that, on the last Saturday of January, he found five deer dumped at one location. Three were tagged and the other two were missing their heads. Of the tagged deer, one was harvested in a closed season, one was apparently shot with a muzzleloader by a hunter who didn’t have a muzzleloader license, and the third was not reported at all. The investigation is still ongoing for the headless deer.

Clarion and Jefferson counties LMGS Jesse N. Bish reports that with snow melt comes the discovery of dumped deer parts from last year’s deer season. Hunters are reminded that you’re only permitted to dump deer carcasses on property where you have permission to do so, otherwise deer parts must be set out for refuge pickup. Dumping on lands where you are not permitted to do so can carry a penalty of $300 plus court costs.

Clarion and Jefferson counties LMGS Jesse N. Bish reports with the spring turkey season right around the corner, hunters are reminded safety and awareness should be a priority.

From the Game Commission

Centre and Clinton counties Game Warden Dan Murray reports that four individuals recently pleaded guilty to hunting through the use of bait and the unlawful taking of a bear and three deer.

McKean County Game Warden Skyler Gibble snowmobile riders that snowmobiles are not permitted on state game lands.

Clinton County Game Warden Kirk Miller reports that an individual has recently pleaded guilty to illegally killing an antlerless deer during the closed season, without a hunting license, and through the use of bait. The defendant had fines totaling over $2,000.

Clinton County Game Warden Kirk Miller reports that multiple individuals were cited for loaded firearms in a vehicle. Those individuals paid fines ranging from $100 to $300.

Elk County State Game Warden Jason Wagner reports he has investigated several reports of aggressive behavior from bull elk. The behavior, proximity to humans and lack of fear in these animals in each case involved either the intentional or unintentional feeding of elk. The habituation of elk and other wildlife as a result of feeding only leads to trouble for the animal and a nuisance for all persons living nearby. The public is reminded that the feeding of elk and bears is illegal.

Centre County Game Warden Michael Ondik reports that, for most of January, bear complaints still were prevalent in Centre and Clinton counties.

Cameron County Game Warden Wayne A. Hunt reports highway elk mortalities are up in his district. “The cold December weather had the animals in the river valleys, which was compounded by camps placing feed within 50 yards of the major highways. Once elk begin utilizing feed, it becomes illegal under the Game Law. Supplemental feeding of wildlife does more harm than good”.

Lycoming County Game Warden Kristoffer Krebs reports that a Royersford man was cited for possessing a license and tag belonging to another person, while hunting or taking game or wildlife or going to or from hunting or taking game or wildlife. The incident occurred on Dec. 8, 2017, along English Run Road in Pine Township, Lycoming County. The defendant entered a guilty plea before Magisterial District Judge Jerry Lepley and has been ordered to pay a fine in the amount of $100.

Clearfield County Game Warden Mark Gritzer reports receiving a letter from a state prison inmate serving a sentence for burglary and alteration of a firearm serial number. The inmate indicated the prison sentence changed his life forever.

Clearfield County Game Warden Mark Gritzer reports that charges were filed against two individuals for killing a deer illegally the night of Jan. 6 in Morrisdale.

Clearfield County Game Warden Mark Gritzer reports that a person was found guilty in court for the unlawful killing of an antlered deer in a baited area plus attempting to exceed the bag limit of one antlered deer. Subject received fines of $2,100 and faces having his hunting privileges revoked.

Clearfield County Game Warden Mark Gritzer reports that a person pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of wildlife parts after removing the antlers from a 10-point buck that was killed by a vehicle in Woodward Township.

Tioga County Game Warden Rob Minnich set a bear trap for a mange bear that has been moving about, handled a mange bear which was found dead in a barn due to complications from mange. The bear probably only weighed around 125 pounds, but looking at it should have weighed over 300 pounds.

Land Management Group Supervisor Eric Erdman reports habitat crews have been busy preparing controlled burn units by cutting trees, mowing invasive species, reclaiming fields and dozing fire lines.

From the Game Commission

Bradford County Game Warden Blake Barth reports charges were filed for several deer taken unlawfully during the 2016 rifle deer season. The investigation included assistance from game wardens in Texas, where the individuals now reside. One of the deer was a trophy-class buck, which could cost up to $5,000 in restitution in addition to fines and court costs.

Columbia County Game Warden Rick Deiterich served an arrest warrant for a Quakertown man who previously was cited for having his rifle fully loaded in a pickup truck while he sat in the parking lot of State Game Land 55 in Jonestown. He failed to respond to the citation but responded instantly when he found out a warrant for his arrest was issued.

Columbia County Game Warden Rick Deiterich reports a Bloomsburg man was served with an arrest warrant for failure to respond to a citation. He previously was cited for unlawfully killing an antlerless deer of the last day of the 2017 rifle deer season. The man pleaded guilty and placed a payment on his fine to avoid jail.

Sullivan County Game Warden Rick Finnegan reports that one individual was prosecuted for shooting a doe in another person’s yard after alighting from his vehicle and while the deer was in a safety zone. “Thankfully, the homeowner gathered enough information for us to prosecute this case,” said Finnegan.

Sullivan County Game Warden Rick Finnegan reports that an individual was traveling on Cherry Ridge Road on State Game Land 13 when he saw a deer standing approximately 30 yards off the road during the late flintlock season. The man shot and killed the deer from the road, but another person witnessed the shooting and took photographs that aided Finnegan in his investigation and successful prosecution.

Bradford County Game Warden Eric Kelly reports that he is investigating several reports of leghold traps being stolen in the New Albany area.

Pike and Monroe counties Game Warden Mark Kropa reports a man from Paupack was cited for setting traps right next to a deer carcass that was visible from the air. He was fined $150, plus court costs.

Pike and Monroe counties Game Warden Mark Kropa reports that he and Game Warden Bob Johnson are investigating damage done to several fields on State Game Land 180 near the dam at Shohola. The persons drove vehicles through the fields, doing “doughnuts” and causing extensive damage. There are currently three people of interest and each faces possible criminal mischief charges and multiple game-law violations.

Monroe County Game Warden Bryan Mowrer reports a Schuylkill County man was cited for not checking his traps within the lawful timeframe. A neighbor observed a coyote in a leg-hold trap on a Sunday morning, and the same coyote was in the trap four days later. “Responsible and ethical trappers check their sets at least once every 36 hours, as required by law,” said Mowrer.

Susquehanna County Game Warden Ben Rebuck reports citing an individual for taking several deer through the use of bait during January. The individual faces over $6,000 in fines for the violations.

Northumberland County Game Warden Jared Turner reports that, with the help of Connecticut Environmental Conservation Police, a non-resident pleaded guilty to the unlawful taking of an antlerless deer on the opening day of the Pennsylvania rifle season and transporting it out of the state.

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