Friday, February 3rd, 2023
Friday, February 3rd, 2023

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PA: Fishing pressure falls off as anglers take to woods


Erie County WCO Darin L. Clark investigated an illegally killed
deer on a Sunday night. He tracked down two juveniles who the
landowner saw trying to get the deer out of the field.

Jefferson County WCO Roger A. Hartless said the recent archery
season ended the same as it started, with individuals being
discovered hunting deer through the use of bait. He said there has
been more hunters discovered this year hunting in an area where
bait is present or has been placed within the past 30 days than any
season that he has seen while patrolling Jefferson County.

Jefferson County WCO Michael A. Girosky said a group of pre-school
students learned about gun safety during a program at the
Punxsutawney Community Center and received gun locks courtesy of
the Punxsutawney Police Department.

Lawrence County WCO Jeffery T. Kendall said a river otter was
caught in a leghold set by a local trapper. He also responded to an
injured bald eagle along the Neshannock Creek that was taken to a
rehabilitator, but died.

Mercer County WCO Lawrence R. Hergenroeder said beaver complaints
have been a constant in Mercer and Venango counties. Many
landowners have expressed interest in allowing licensed trappers
access to their property in an attempt to alleviate high water
conditions created by unwanted dams.

Warren County WCO David W. Donachy received a call to help a local
trapper remove a bear from his coyote set.

Mercer/Venango Counties LMGS James J. Donatelli said 200 hen
pheasants will be released before Christmas in Venango and Mercer
counties on SGLs 39, 96, 253, 270, 284, Goddard State Park and the
Shenango Reservoir.

Clarion/Jefferson Counties LMGS George J. Miller said spotlighting
activity appears to be up as compared to the last few years.
“Participants are reminded that legal spotting hours close at 11
p.m. and are not permitted during the regularly scheduled statewide
antlered and antlerless firearms deer seasons,” he said.

Crawford/Erie Counties LMGS Shayne A. Hoachlander said Food and
Cover Corps crews have been stocking pheasants on state game lands
in Erie and Crawford counties.


Allegheny County WCO Dan Puhala reported that because of a
concerned hunter, a turkey poacher was apprehended. “A local
archery hunter witnessed an individual get out of his vehicle and
shoot a turkey from the road,” he said. The archer reported the
violation in a timely fashion. Due to prior game law violations by
the individual and the fact that he is also currently on revocation
and illegally hunting, he faces multiple thousands of dollars in
fines and potential prison time under the new enhanced poaching

Beaver County WCO Matt Kramer reported that more than 600 students
were certified in HTE courses in Beaver County this year.

Indiana County WCO Jack Lucas investigated a recent case related to
the agency’s efforts to keep chronic wasting disease out of
Pennsylvania. “I was dispatched to a gentleman’s house about a
potential CWD deer,” he said. A hunter harvested an exceptionally
large, 22-point buck in Illinois. As Illinois is a CWD confirmed
state, it is unlawful to import certain parts here. However, the
hunter brought the entire carcass back to the state. After working
with a taxidermist, his deer was quickly caped and antlers removed.
The remainder of the deer will be tested for the presence of CWD
and the hunter could be prosecuted for the unlawful

Westmoreland County WCO Steve Leiendecker recently investigated an
individual who unlawfully shot a deer. The suspect located the deer
from a vehicle and shot it with a crossbow. “To make matters worse,
the buck the man shot was a protected deer that did not meet the
antler restrictions and he unlawfully finished the deer off by
shooting it with a 9mm handgun – which turned out to be his
undoing. The landowner heard the handgun shot and confronted the
violator, then reported the violation as the hunter was preparing
to field dress the deer in the landowner’s driveway.” The hunter
faces multiple charges.


Berks County WCO Robert Prall said that, due to a timely call from
a witness willing to testify, charges will be filed against the
operator of a vehicle observed driving on restricted areas of SGL
110. “While some of the road on this tract is open for public
travel, in order to improve hunter access and opportunities for
handicapped hunters, the fields remain off limits,” he said.
Vandalism of the fields from turfing has been an ongoing

Berks County WCO Dave Brockmeier reported numerous calls for
road-killed and injured deer were fielded in October and

Lancaster County WCO John Veylupek cited a hunter for failing to
tag big game that he harvested, and another individual for permit
violations. He also cited multiple individuals for unauthorized
vehicle usage on state game lands.

Lancaster County WCO Dennis Warfel said that with the increase of
hunting pressure with more and more species being hunted,
violations have also increased. Citations have been filed for two
separate incidents of unlawful killing of 10- and eight-point
bucks, during the early antlerless muzzleloader deer season.
Citations also were filed for three unplugged shotguns and three
persons failing to wear the required fluorescent orange

Montgomery County WCO Chris Heil said the annual Lorimer Park
regulated archery hunt was held Nov. 8. Hunters harvested 16

Schuylkill County WCO Will Dingman reported an increase in the
number of reports of baiting for big game this year.

Philadelphia/Delaware Counties WCO Jerrold Czech Jr. and deputies,
while patrolling the first few weeks of the season, have come
across a few baited areas and made a few arrests for hunting over
bait. In addition, they checked several hunters who never took the
required mandatory HTE course. “There were five hunters in the
first few weeks of the season,” he said. All first-time hunters,
regardless of age, are required to take an HTE course in order to
purchase a hunting license and hunt in the state.

Philadelphia/Delaware Counties WCO Jerrold Czech Jr., while picking
up road-killed deer and speaking with the RKD contractor in
Delaware County, found that many bucks have had their antlers sawed
off or the heads cut off. It is illegal to take wildlife or
wildlife parts without a hunting license or permit from the

Environmental Education Specialist Bert Myers said the annual
drawing for the special deer hunts at Middle Creek Wildlife
Management Area was held Nov. 10. There were more than 900
applicants. The first 100 applications drawn were assigned to the
first day of the hunt, Dec. 15, and the second 100 drawn were
assigned to the second day, Jan. 19.

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