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• Butler County WCO Randy W. Pilarcik and deputies, on the opening
day of deer season, apprehended several individuals hunting over
bait in four locations. “One man had his 12-year-old son with him
and stated that he wanted to teach his son how to hunt,” he said.
Charges are pending on the father and the other hunters using the
bait piles as an unfair advantage to entice deer.
• Erie County WCO Darin L. Clark finished prosecutions on two
individuals for taking over the limit of antlerless deer during
archery season. The first defendant shot two antlerless deer
without tagging either deer, and was sentenced to $2,600 in fines
and 10 days in jail. The second defendant, who assisted in the
transporting and butchering of the deer, was sentenced to $1,500 in
fines and five days in jail.
• Jefferson County WCO Andrew D. Troutman said baiting violations
were the most common violation during the first week of the rifled
• Mercer County WCO Donald G. Chaybin said a hunter on SGL 30 was
charged with a safety zone violation. He was hunting on property he
did not have permission to be on, 85 yards from a house.
• Mercer County WCO Donald G. Chaybin investigated two incidents of
homes being struck by bullets during the first week of the regular
firearms deer season. On the opening afternoon a bullet passed
completely through a mobile home in Delaware Township, exiting
chest-high out of the shower stall. No one was home at the time,
and the damage wasn’t discovered until early evening. The
investigation is ongoing, but the shot is believed to have traveled
more than 600 yards before striking the home. Another home was
damaged in Pymatuning Township, when a bullet struck a window. This
bullet had lost enough velocity that the projectile pierced the
outer pane of glass and struck the inner pane just hard enough to
break it and then fell between the glass of the double pane window.
What appears to be a nearly pristine .30 caliber bullet came to
rest inside the sash. The shot is believed to have been fired from
an extreme distance away, but the evidence will be retained for
possible ballistic comparison if the investigation produces any
• Mercer County WCO Lawrence R. Hergenroeder cited a local trapper
for setting traps within a safety zone.
• Warren County WCO David W. Donachy reports a fledgling eagle that
he caught this past summer was imprinted on people as a result of
someone providing food for it. “Rehabilitator efforts at returning
it to the wild were unsuccessful,” he said. “It now will live in
captivity for the remainder
of its life.”
• Mercer/Venango Counties LMGS Mario L. Piccirilli said violations
encountered the first week of deer season included hunting over
bait, untagged deer and using a radio to locate game.
• Clarion/Jefferson Counties LMGS George J. Miller had a hunter tag
a buck shot in WMU 2D as if it were shot in WMU 2F. The reason
being is that the buck only had one antler with three points off
the main beam and no brow tine. “Since WMU 2D had been a four-point
area, the hunter thought that the buck was a protected deer. If the
hunter had read Page 45 of his Hunting and Trapping Digest and
learn of the new three-up rule, he would have realized the buck was
legal for the WMU in which it was harvested.”
• Allegheny County WCO Dan Puhala reports that a local man will be
facing multiple charges for shooting a wild turkey out of season
and in a safety zone. A concerned resident called after hearing
shots fired the day after turkey season closed,” he said.
• Armstrong County WCO Rod Burns reports the largest buck he saw
taken appears to have been killed without a hunting license.
• Beaver County WCO Matt Kramer is conducting an investigation into
the poaching of a large 10-point buck in South Beaver Township near
the Ohio state line. “The deer was shot at night using a rifle and
left to lie in a field,” he said. Anyone with information is asked
the Southwest Regional Office at
• Fayette County WCO Brandon Bonin said charges will be filed for
possession of an unlawfully taken deer, an 8-point buck.
• Fayette County WCO Brandon Bonin filed charges against two
individuals for spotlighting after 11 p.m., and possession of a
firearm while spotlighting.
• Fayette/Westmoreland Counties WCO Jason Farabaugh reports that
the two Springfield Township men pleaded guilty to charges stemming
from a previously reported jacklighting case involving two 8-point
bucks. Each individual was assessed $3,900 in fines and replacement
costs plus additional court costs.
• Westmoreland County WCO Matt Lucas is investigating a case
involving two antlerless deer taken after the close of the archery
season. These individuals took the deer off of posted property and
loaded them on a red SUV in the area of Ruffsdale. Anyone with
information is asked to
call the Southwest Regional Office at
• Potter County WCO Mark S. Fair said three Blair County
individuals were apprehended by State Police troopers in a traffic
stop that produced three unlawfully possessed white-tailed deer.
The incident occurred on the early morning hours of Oct. 13.
Charges are pending.
• Union County WCO Dirk B. Remensnyder said an individual recently
was stopped for late spotlighting and in the back of his truck was
a 4-point rack which he admitted he shot in the 2010 season and did
not turn in for a mistake kill.
• Snyder County WCO Harold Malehorn issued citations for
individuals spotlighting after 11 p.m., hunting over bait and
possession of an illegal deer.
• Juniata/Mifflin/Perry/Snyder Counties LMGS Steven Bernardi, while
on patrol the first day of deer season, cited one hunter at 6 a.m.
for driving across the game land to shorten his walk to his stand.
Also cited were two hunters for having untagged deer; one had
hauled his buck back to his truck on a cart without tagging it, and
the other hunter left the deer near the stand without tagging it
and with a loaded rifle to get another camp member more than 400
• Franklin County WCO Justin Klugh and Deputy WCO Dale Bowman
apprehended two individuals spotlighting while in possession of a
.17-caliber rifle and a
bow the Thanksgiving night. Charges are pending.
• Bedford County WCO Jeremy Coughenour apprehended three
individuals in late October for poaching at night in western
Bedford County. “The trio was caught in the act as they shot at a
doe with the use of a spotlight,” he said. The defendants pled
guilty to charges totaling nearly $7,000.
• Cumberland County WCO John Fetchkan investigated several
violations, including loaded firearms in vehicles, hunting without
a license and illegal deer. “Also, reported mistake kills are about
the same as last year up to this point in the season,” he
• York County WCO Greg Graham and his deputies filed 35 citations
during the first week of deer season. Violations encountered
included baiting, untagged deer, hunting without required license,
hunting without the required fluorescent orange, safety zones,
unlawful taking or possession of game or wildlife, shooting from a
roadway, loaded firearms in vehicles, using a vehicle to locate
game, spotlighting during deer season, over limit of antlered deer,
trespassing while unlawfully hunting and unlawful devices and
methods. Numerous warnings were issued for failure to display a
license, failure to possession additional identification and
failure to use expanding bullet ammunition.
• York County WCO Greg Graham filed citations on several
individuals hunting waterfowl with lead shot. Non-toxic shot has
been a requirement for waterfowl hunting since 1991, he said.
• York County WCO Greg Graham is investigating the illegal dumping
of a truckload of rubbish on lands open to public hunting. Charges
• York County WCO Greg Graham is investigating several incidents
where antlers were cut off of road-killed deer.
• Fulton County WCO Kevin L. Mountz and Deputy WCO Robert Strait,
on Nov. 28, encountered an individual hunting with absolutely no
orange standing on a knoll overlooking a hollow. “When the violator
saw the state vehicle, he quickly hid the rifle in a briar patch,”
Mountz said. “When we made contact and asked him about the rifle,
he had no answer. A few seconds later, we found the firearm; an
AR-15 military-assault rifle, loaded and ready to fire,” he said.
The Maryland resident was immediately placed into custody and cited
for hunting without a license, hunting without fluorescent orange
and using an unlawful firearm.
• Adams County WCO Kevin P. Anderson Jr. said the first day of
rifle deer season brought citations field for hunting in a baited
area, unlawful taking or possession of game, safety zone
violations, hunting without a license, loaded firearms in a
vehicle, spotlighting during rifle deer season, and unlawful use of
lights while hunting (jacklighting).
• Huntingdon County WCO Amy Nabozny said the most common violations
the first week of the season were untagged deer and loaded firearms
• York County WCO Kyle Jury said Game Commission WCOs and local
police are searching for any information on property damage that
was a result of a stray bullet in the 500 block of West Siddonsburg
Road in the Dillsburg area. The damage occurred around 10:20 a.m.
on Dec. 3. “Ballistic evidence was collected and shows the round is
of a .22 caliber (6mm). If anyone has any information about hunters
in the area south of West Siddonsburg Road around that time,
contact the Game Commission Southcentral Region office at (814)
• Mifflin County WCO Jeffrey G. Mock, in October, cited four
individual for various furbearer hunting violations. “The groups
handheld light’s battery died, so they decided to use the spotlight
plugged into the truck,” he said. A total of 13 citations were
filed, including using a motor vehicle to hunt, unlawful use of
lights while hunting, hunting furbearers without a furtaking
license and restrictions on recreational spotlighting.
• York County WCO Shawn Musser reports that the new deer decoy has
seen some action in efforts to crack-down on illegal road-hunting.
An individual stood beside his SUV and shot at the decoy at 2:30
one afternoon. He was cited with several summary offenses which
could result in $800 to $1,600 in fines, as well as revocation of
his hunting privileges.
• Bedford/Fulton Counties LMGS Jonathan S. Zuck said: “On opening
morning, a hunter was apprehended for shooting a buck in a baited
area on a remote area of SGL 48. Another hunter on the same SGL was
found to be hunting without a valid license later in the morning.”
The most common violation was hunters possessing loaded firearms in
• Huntingdon County WCO Richard O. Danley Jr. and Deputy WCO Terry
Clevenger apprehended an individual who, after a brief foot chase,
was hunting while on revocation, without florescent orange, and in
possession of another person’s hunting license.
• Huntingdon County WCO Richard O. Danley Jr. and Blair/Huntingdon
Counties LMGS Bert Einodshofer recently cited an individual who
harvested two antlerless deer without the required licenses.
• Huntingdon County WCO Richard O. Danley Jr., during a recent
decoy operation, cited three individuals for shooting at the
facsimile after alighting from the vehicle, while on the
• Adams County WCO Darren J. David reports that the first day of
the antlered deer season brought a slew of violations, including
unlawfully taken deer, hunting over bait, trespassing, hunting
without a license, and hunting without orange. “One woman was
suspected of hunting under the influence of alcohol, but it was
determined she was most likely experiencing the effects of the
previous night’s drinking,” he said. “A convicted felon not allowed
to posses any firearms had furnished a rifle to both his
11-year-old daughter and himself and went with her to hunt without
any fluorescent orange and without any hunting licenses, and
proceeded to shoot at a deer while they were in a safety zone. He
has been detained at the county jail.”
• Cumberland County WCO Tim Wenrich said recent violations
encountered during patrols included failure to tag big game,
failure to wear the required amount of fluorescent orange, and
attempting to take game or wildlife in a safety zone.
• Cumberland County WCO Tim Wenrich said a deer propagator recently
had his deer pens vandalized; five antlered deer escaped. “We have
since recovered three and submitted tissue samples for testing,” he
• Bradford County WCO Joseph Wenzel reported an alarming number of
violations involving loaded firearms in vehicles.
• Lackawanna County WCO Mark Rutkowski said several arrests were
made for night-time violations in the Jessup and Archbald area over
in recent weeks. Violations range from late spotlighting to
possession of firearms in vehicles while spotlighting for
• Wayne County WCO James P. McCarthy said two New Jersey men face
several charges after a concerned citizen reported seeing the pair
shoot at a deer on a Sunday morning. The duo was located and
admitted to shooting at two antlerless deer. They face some stiff
fines, possible jail time and the loss of their hunting privileges
in Pennsylvania for many years.
• Wayne County WCO James P. McCarthy reports that a Philadelphia
man faces numerous charges after he was found hunting deer with
archery equipment during bear season. The man shot and injured a
buck that could not be recovered and likely rotted in the
• Wyoming County WCO Victor Rosa said a poaching spree ended with
the arrest of several suspects accused of killing seven antlered
deer and suspected of killing a dozen more over an eight-week
period. “This case is the result of a concerned citizen getting
involved and reporting a single incident,” he said.
• Columbia County WCO George A. Wilcox is investigating a deer
poached Thanksgiving eve in Briar Creek Township, a buck shot in a
safety zone in the town of Bloomsburg, and a doe shot in closed
season in Madison Township. Five mistake kills were processed the
first day of rifle deer season.
• Wayne County WCO Frank J. Dooley encountered several hunters who
had not taken the mandatory basic HTE courses and acquired hunting
licenses by providing false information to issuing agents. Several
citations have been issued with further investigations
• Montour/Northumberland Counties WCO Rick A. Deiterich cited a
Washingtonville area man while waterfowl hunting on PPL Property
for hunting in two separate safety zones. The man was walking in
fields looking into pond areas for waterfowl and was about 113
yards from a residence and then about 110 yards from a greenhouse
complex where the workers were concerned as they were going to and
from all the buildings.
• Montour/Northumberland Counties WCO Rick A. Deiterich cited a
Washingtonville area man for possession of wildlife taken from the
wild and raising it in a cage outside a trailer in a trailer park.
“The man came across two small raccoons on a roadway and took them
home and was raising them in a dog cage outside of his parent’s
trailer as pets,” he said. The raccoons were taken to a
rehabilitator to be quarantined in case of rabies.
• Columbia County WCO John A. Morack and Northumberland County WCO
Jason Kelley plan to increase boat patrols on the Susquehanna River
to monitor hunter compliance with waterfowl hunting
• Northumberland County WCO Jason Kelley during the first week of
deer season, there were five citations issued for having a loaded
guns in a vehicle in motion along with two road hunting
• Luzerne County WCO Gerald Kapral said a large bear he recently
trapped in Newport Township and relocated to a remote section of
SGL 57 in Sullivan County caused a scene on its return trip to
Newport Township. “The bear was not seen or heard from until it
reached the Luzerne and Edwardsville areas,” he said. “The size of
the bear, estimated at 600 pounds, my traveling during the daylight
hours through the populated areas generated quite a few calls to
the 911 center. The bear was hazed with rubber buckshot and chased
off into a wooded area not far from the Susquehanna River, which he
had to cross to return home,” he said. The bear was taken by a
hunter during the bear season less than a mile from where it was
first trapped. The trophy weighed 663 pounds, and was seven years
• Luzerne County WCO Gerald Kapral said the locking housing at one
of the game land gated roads was filled with expanding foam
• Sullivan County WCO Rick Finnegan said there have been many
violations during the past few weeks involving illegal deer, bear,
bait, road hunting and poaching. A majority of these incidents have
been in the southern Bradford County areas of New Albany, Wilmot
and Overton. Most of these cases still are under investigation, but
will ultimately end up with charges being filed on several
• Pike County WCO Mark Kropa said a Maryland resident and a
Philadelphia man recently were stopped by a National Park Service
ranger in New Jersey. They had a deer that was shot illegally in
Pike County off of Firetower Road in their possession. They shot
the deer from the vehicle, at night while using a spotlight. Not
only do they face several charges in Pennsylvania, but they also
face charges in New Jersey and federal charges for taking illegally
harvested game across state lines.
• Pike County WCO Mark Kropa said a Dingman Township man is facing
charges of shooting a deer on the Monday of the regular bear
season, and for shooting a bear the same day over bait.
• Berks County WCO Matt Teehan said violations during the first
week of deer season violations included big-game and over-the-limit
• Chester County WCO Scott Frederick recently charged several
people for orange violations during the first Saturday of the
regular firearms deer season. “I routinely get the excuse that
because the individual is hunting a small patch of private ground
that no one else would be able to hunt they shouldn’t have to wear
fluorescent orange and make a target of themselves to neighbors
that don’t want hunting in the vicinity,” he said.
• Lebanon County WCO Michael Reeder is investigating a nonresident
who killed an antlered deer that did not meet the antler
restrictions. He also purchased a resident license using false
• Montgomery County WCO Ray Madden reports that the first week of
the regular hunting season has been extremely busy in the county.
“On opening day alone, we responded to calls ranging from mistake
kills, to no orange, to guys using high-powered rifles in the
special regulations areas, all the way up to illegal narcotics use
on SGLs,” he said.
• Northampton County WCO Brad Kreider reports that officers in
county are making plans to assist in bait stations with the golden
eagle research for the birds that winter along the Delaware