PA: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 1

NORTHWEST REGION

• Erie County WCO Darin L. Clark investigated numerous reports of
deer carcasses dumped along roads. “Most deer show signs of being
lawfully tagged and were just dumped to get rid of the inedible
parts,” he said.

• Jefferson County WCO Roger A. Hartless reports that, for the most
part, rifle deer hunters followed the new WMU 2F restriction that
prohibited the taking of antlerless deer until the first Saturday
of the rifle deer season. “Despite several rumors that made the
rounds, only one antlerless deer was turned in as a mistake on the
first day of rifle deer in northern Jefferson County, and no one
was cited for taking antlerless deer during the first five days of
the rifle deer season,” he said.

• Mercer County WCO Donald G. Chaybin said a hunter found the
skeletal remains of a non-typical white-tailed deer late in the
firearms deer season. “The skull and antlers were brought out of
the woods and turned over to the Game Commission officers
responding to his discovery,” he said. This deer’s antlers had a
26.5-inch outside spread, with a total of 20 scoreable points. An
unofficial rough scoring has the unique antlers measuring nearly
160 inches. The buck is believed to be 4.5 years old based upon
tooth wear and displacement, and that matches the chronology of
trail camera images that appear to be this same deer recorded by
another local deer hunting enthusiast. An exact cause of death is
still undetermined, and officers are continuing to investigate the
possibility that this special trophy may have been mortally wounded
in a poaching incident reported in October. The location was south
of Lake Wilhelm near the New Vernon and Sandy Lake Township lines,
and anyone who may be able to provide additional information is
asked to contact the Game Commission’s Northwest Region Office in
Franklin.

• Mercer County WCO Lawrence R. Hergenroeder said citations were
issued for illegally hunting in baited areas this season. “In one
account, the violator was notified prior to the opening of the
season yet ignored the warning and hunted for deer anyhow,” he
said.

SOUTHWEST REGION

• Allegheny County WCO Dan Puhala cited six hunters for using
center-fire rifles in Allegheny County which is a special
regulations area. “Center-fire rifles have been illegal to use for
hunting in Allegheny County since the mid 1970s,” he said.

• Fayette County WCO Christopher Bergman filed charges against two
individuals for not tagging their wild turkeys before moving them
from the place of kill on Thanksgiving morning.

• Greene County WCO Randy Crago reports that what started as a
road-hunting incident ended with multiple counts of assault being
filed against four men. On Dec. 8, three Fayette County men shot a
six-point buck from Route 21, just east of the Greene County
airport, at around 4:10 p.m. Route 21 is one of the busiest roads
in Greene County, and that time frame is when traffic is at its
heaviest. After shooting the deer, the men entered a storage
facility that adjoins the field where the deer was killed. A
relative of the property owner saw what was happening and drove
down to get a license plate number. “At about the same time, a
utility worker who witnessed what was happening then contacted
Deputy WCO Bill Lubich, who then contacted me,” he said. “Before we
arrived at the scene, the property owner’s relative saw that the
men were getting back into their vehicle to leave and decided to
ram them with his vehicle to prevent them from leaving. After this,
all four men exited their vehicle and fought with each other. The
property owner’s relative was soon overwhelmed and got beat up.
Multiple calls were made to the State Police. The PSP barracks is
nearby and they arrived first to begin sorting out what happened.
Deputy WCO Lubich and I arrived a couple minutes later and joined
with State Police in investigating the incident. Initially, the
three road hunters denied shooting the deer and tried to blame it
on another vehicle which had left. They also denied striking the
property owner’s relative stating he must have gotten injured when
he rammed their vehicle. After a very short time, their stories
fell apart and the three men admitted to what they did,” he said.
The property owner’s relative was arraigned that night on felony
aggravated assault charges and other Title 8 Crimes Code charges.
The three road hunters were charged with simple assault, trespass,
disorderly conduct and multiple game law violations.

NORTHCENTRAL REGION

• Clearfield County WCO Eric Erdman and Deputy WCO Terry Sheetz
confiscated four deer that were illegally killed in some way, taken
and found at a deer processor. Each individual will receive a
citation with a penalty of $400 to $800, plus court costs and
license revocation. Each one could have been turned in as a mistake
kill and received a new tag for $25 and no license
revocation.

• Cameron County WCO Wayne A. Hunt cited an individual for four
counts of hand-feeding bears while the individual was working as a
security employee at a Marcellus shale well site. “The individual
filmed himself feeding bears and then downloaded the videos to his
Facebook page,” he said. This incident came through the Game
Commission’s Harrisburg tipline.

• Tioga County WCO Rodney P. Mee investigated a cinnamon bear that
was shot over bait in the Nauvoo area during the archery bear
season. “The hunter was found to be using corn, grease, salt and
table scraps to bait the bear,” he said. The hunter faces several
thousand dollars in fines and three years revocation.

• Elk County WCO Dick Bodenhorn is investigating two separate
incidents where a hunter or hunters stopped on a roadway and shot a
buck in a safety zone on the opening day of the season. “In one
case, the hunters shot between two houses that were only about 30
yards apart and killed a nine-point buck feeding under an apple
tree only 17 yards from a shed,” he said.

NORTHEAST REGION

• Lackawanna County WCO Mark Rutkowski and Deputy WCO Robert
Krukovitz received a phone call from a frantic individual from
Germany on the first day of the firearms deer season. The man said
his two sons were hunting behind Montage Mountain in the
Springbrook area of Lackawanna County. One of the sons called him
using a cellphone shortly after harvesting his first deer, an
eight-point buck. During the conversation, the two brothers were
threatened at gunpoint by another hunter. Contact was made with the
sons. The eldest son stated that he and his younger brother were
confronted by the man several minutes after the younger brother
harvested the deer. He said the other hunter confronted them and
stated it “is my deer and I’m taking it.” The young men repeatedly
explained that the younger brother harvested the deer with one
shot. The boys knew the man and asked him to talk to their dad in
an effort to rectify the situation. They turned the cellphone over
to the hunter but the conversation just increased the hunters rage.
The suspect then leveled his rifle at the two young men and stated
he would kill them both if they wouldn’t let him leave with the
deer. The two backed away as the violator reached down and dragged
the deer away by an antler while continuing to point the rifle
towards them. “The pair knew the suspect’s name and I was able to
locate his address. I called for backup from PSP in Dunmore, and
alerted the Scranton Police I was headed to the East Mountain
section of the city to apprehend the suspect,” he said. “The
suspect was not at the residence and his wife stated he was
hunting. We had her make phone contact with him and advise him to
come home immediately. The suspect did not return after an hour and
a half of repeated phone calls. Since the suspect was not
cooperating, an arrest warrant was prepared, and we planned to
execute it later that night,” he said. Around 5 p.m., the officers,
along with two state troopers, arrived at the suspect’s home and
found him standing in his driveway near of an eight-point buck that
was not field-dressed. The suspect was taken into custody without
incident. He was processed at Lackawanna County’s Central Booking
Center and was charged with several felonies, misdemeanors and
summary violations.

• Bradford County WCO Joseph Wenzel, during this past deer season,
said Athens Township Police Department Officer Dan Thomas responded
to a trespass complaint. “Upon his arrival, the property owner
showed Officer Thomas a red fox held in a foothold trap next to a
storage building on posted private property,” he said. “Realizing I
was busy with an investigation, Officer Thomas and the property
owner put a jacket over the fox and released it without harm.
Officer Thomas also was able to find the owner of the trap only to
learn that someone else was using the trap unlawfully,” he said.
The suspect was found and charged with multiple violations
including trapping without a current furtakers license. The same
individual was cited for poaching deer on the same property just a
few weeks prior, and also cited for poaching deer in 2008.

SOUTHEAST REGION

• Bucks County WCO Richard Macklem II filed citations for a person
shooting a deer and leaving it lay.

• Lancaster County WCO John Veylupek investigated a number of
Safety Zone violations, including a case in which two duck hunters
sprayed a grocery store parking lot with pellets. Charges are
pending.

• Lancaster County WCO Dennis Warfel said citations were filed in
three incidents where people have attempted to conceal and
transport deer not properly tagged. “There also has been an
increase in Lancaster County for mistake kills, with mostly
four-point racks that lacked brow tines, being turned in,” he
said.

• Delaware/Philadelphia Counties WCO Jerry Czech said officers
responded to a complaint about hunting over bait and late hunting
in Boothwyn. Charges are pending and include hunting over bait,
lending/possession of another person hunting license, unlawful
purchase of hunting license, one antlered deer out of season, one
antlered deer over the limit and one antlerless deer over bait and
several warnings.

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