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Pennsylvania Cuffs & Collars – January 16th, 2015

From the Game Commission

• Clarion County WCO Jesse N. Bish reports that multiple citations were filed during the  rifle deer season for hunting through the use of bait. 
• Crawford County WCO Randy R. Crago reports two men face charges after they killed a small antlerless deer and took it home without tagging it. They decided the deer was too small to “waste” a tag on.
• Erie County WCO Michael A. Girosky reports that a large amount of household garbage was reported by a trapper on State Game Lands 314. The person that dumped it was found and charged with littering. He decided that cleaning it up was better than paying to have the Game Commission clean it up.
• Erie County WCO Michael A. Girosky reports that charges were filed against two individuals who shot one fox each on the first day of the rifle deer season, although neither had a furtaker license.
• Erie County WCO Larry M. Smith reports a situation where two hunters on the edge of an open field shot and struck a Game Commission vehicle that was stocking pheasants on State Game Land 109. The vehicle turned in plain view of the two hunters and moved a short distance to release birds. As the birds were leaving the crates, the hunters were shooting and struck the truck. 
• Jefferson County WCO Roger A. Hartless reports the investigation of a safety-zone complaint and also a case where a hunter possessed a license belonging to another. Also investigated was an incident involving shooting from a vehicle and killing an antlerless deer that the suspect wasn’t licensed to kill. 
• Venango County WCO Ronda J. Bimber  said several individuals were cited for not having their hunting licenses with them while hunting. The hunters were attempting to take white-tailed deer and would need a tag for the deer after harvest. 
• Venango County WCO Ronda J. Bimber said officers found two hunters who took deer within a safety zone. The deer were 92 and 40 yards away from a public building when the hunters shot them. The hunters were not only in a safety zone, but were also shooting toward a road. The fines could range from $600 to $1,300 for each hunter.
• Venango County WCO Ronda J. Bimber reports that hunting over bait was the most-common violation found during the two-week rifle deer season. Most hunters admitted they had the bait there to use a trail camera before season and then either left the bait or left the residue from the bait to hunt over in season.
• Venango County WCO Ronda J. Bimber reports that Law Enforcement Supervisor Clint J. Deniker encountered a hunter with an untagged doe in his vehicle. Doe season was not open in the area the hunter was hunting. The fines could run from $1,000 to $1,500 with the possibility of three months in jail. While being interviewed, the hunter made the statement that he should have just waited 12 hours and he would have been legal.
• Clarion and Jefferson counties LMGS George J. Miller reports that the most-common violation that he encountered during the rifle deer season was loaded firearms in vehicles. 

From the Game Commission

• Beaver County WCO Mike Yeck reports that a Lawrence County resident pleaded guilty to charges of shooting a second antlered deer. The hunter shot one of the antlers off and tagged the buck with his antlerless tag. The hunter paid $1,100 in fines and an additional $800 for the replacement cost of the antlered deer. 
• Beaver County WCO Mike Yeck reports that a Beaver County resident pleaded guilty to using salt, minerals and grains as an enticement for game. The hunter was observed hunting from a ground blind on the opening day of the firearms season on State Game Land 285. In addition to the baiting violation, the hunter also pleaded guilty to charges of cutting down trees to make room for the blind.    
• Fayette County WCO Doug Bergman reports that charges were filed against a Charleroi man for taking advantage of a baited area to hunt for game or wildlife. 
• Fayette County WCO Doug Bergman reports that charges will be filed against an East Milsboro man for taking three antlered deer during the 2014-15 hunting season. Charges include failing to tag big game, unlawful possession of game or wildlife, and taking game and wildlife above and beyond season limits.
• Indiana County WCO Nathaniel Kimmel reports that while on patrol in Somerset County during the rifle deer season, one individual was reported to have shot multiple antlerless deer during the opening day of antlered deer season. “Upon arriving at the scene of the incident and interviewing witnesses, we found that the suspect had shot four antlerless deer with one volley of five shots. One of the deer was left in a field, wounded, alive and unclaimed,” he said. The suspect was found and admitted to shooting the deer and distributing two of the deer he had shot to two other individuals. Multiple charges have been filed on three individuals involved in the taking and possession of the unlawfully taken deer.
• Westmoreland County WCO Michael J. Papinchak reported that Cadet Jeremy Brunst approached a hunter exiting his vehicle in preparation to hunt. During the contact, Brunst found the individual’s firearm in the vehicle and loaded. The individual pleaded guilty.
• Westmoreland County WCO Michael J. Papinchak reports that a woman was found near the railroad tracks south of Freeport, dragging an antlerless deer from the woods. The deer was untagged. Further investigation uncovered that she did not have the required hunter education.  During the investigation she disclosed that, in her family, they do not tag deer that are not big enough. It is notable that she was dragging a mature doe. She has pleaded guilty to an enhanced penalty for an unlawful deer and several license violations. Another individual has been charged with unlawful taking and possession.

From the Game Commission

• Adams County WCO Cory M. Ammerman reports he found an individual hunting deer on the Saturday prior to deer season. The subject was cited for hunting without a license, trespassing while hunting, attempting to take big game out of season and failure to wear orange. He could be facing upward of $2,400 in fines. Also, during the two-week rifle deer season, nearly 40 violations were found and handled in the district. 
• Cumberland County WCO John Fetchkan reports that several possible illegal deer investigations are still active involving numerous individuals. One case involves a 6-point and a piebald buck that were shot from the road at the end of the season. The actors left the deer lay where they were shot. 
• Huntingdon County WCO Richard Macklem reports that, during the two-week rifle deer season, he issued multiple citations for loaded firearms in stationary, as well as moving vehicles.
• Huntingdon County WCO Richard Macklem reports that an individual pleaded guilty to shooting a protected deer and not completing the tag as required. He also pleaded guilty to transporting another deer that was improperly marked.
• Snyder and Juniata counties WCO Harold Malehorn reports that he and Cadet Andrew Harvey issued citations to three family members for using a motor vehicle to hunt, violating safety-zone laws, shooting on or across a road and attempting to take game or wildlife illegally. They were driving on a road when they saw deer running in a field. They stopped, got out of the vehicle and shot from the roadway, 32 yards from a house. Multiple citations have been filed.
• Snyder and Juniata counties WCO Harold Malehorn said charges were filed against an individual for a safety-zone violation, alighting from a vehicle and shooting within 25 yards of the road and unlawful possession of game or wildlife. He pleaded guilty to all citations.  
• Blair and Huntingdon counties LMO Chris Skipper reports that, while on patrol the first Saturday of rifle deer season, a hunter was encountered sleeping in his vehicle alongside a Rothrock State Forest road. A loaded rifle was in the front seat. A citation was filed for the safety violation. 
• Bedford and Fulton counties LMO Jonathan S. Zuck reports that, during the rifle deer season, he encountered various violations on local state game lands. On State Game Land 97, he found two hunters who each killed a doe out of season. He assisted WCO Jeremy Coughenour with an incident on State Game Land 104, where a hunter shot a 7-point buck over bait. And in responding to a complaint from a hunter regarding an illegal treestand on State Game Land 41, Zuck apprehended an individual who constructed and was actively using two permanent stands on the game lands. In all these incidents, charges were filed for the game law violations.
• Mifflin County WCO Jeffery Mock said several antlerless deer taken without a license, and charges were filed and prosecuted. One doe was killed on the first day of the deer season, a couple in the middle, and one on the last day of the season. In all cases, charges have been filed.
• Perry County WCO Kevin Anderson closed a case in which two men recently pleaded guilty to charges stemming from a vehicle stop on Nov. 29 at approximately 11:35 p.m. The occupants were observed spotlighting after 11 p.m. and after the vehicle was stopped, three firearms were found inside.  
• Bedford County WCO Jeremy Coughenour reports that a nighttime shooting spree by two Bedford County teenagers has resulted in several citations being filed. On the first Thursday of rifle deer season, the two teens were spotlighting for deer in Cumberland Valley Township. They proceeded to shoot at two deer from the vehicle in two separate locations. A concerned resident saw the violations occurring and followed their vehicle. He was able to provide a license plate number and a detailed description of the incident. Officers arrived just as the vehicle left the area with one of the suspects now on foot in a nearby cornfield. It was because of the caller’s information that both suspects were apprehended the following morning.    
• Adams County WCO Darren David reports that, in a small wooded area, four hunters, including the owner’s 12-year-old son, killed at least five deer through the use of bait. None of the deer were properly tagged. Two of the deer were killed by hunters who did not have valid big-game tags. Many charges are pending on the three adult hunters, which will total thousands of dollars in fines, loss of hunting privileges for multiple years, and possible jail time.
• Adams County WCO Darren David reports that during the regular deer season, a man dressed in black clothing walked into his neighbor’s yard to shoot a doe for which he did not have a tag. He was within the safety zones of several nearby homes. He shot the deer when it was on a bordering posted property before trespassing onto the property to retrieve it. Afterward, he asked a friend for his license and antlerless deer tag, and later told officers that the friend was the one who shot the deer. If convicted of all charges being filed against this individual, the minimum fines would be $2,900 and the maximum would be $4,900, not including $800 in replacement costs for the deer, plus possible jail time.
• Fulton County WCO Justin Klugh said the firearms deer season was busy with 20 illegal deer confiscated, and charges are pending in several other cases.
• York County WCO Steve Knickel reports that in the two weeks of rifle deer season, 13 illegal white-tailed deer were seized, and several more cases still being investigated. In all but one case, multiple other violations were also at hand. Some animals were shot in a safety zone, others while literally standing over a pile of bait, and still others in excess of the established bag limit.

From the Game Commission

• Monroe County WCO Ryan Gildea reports a tip was received from a local resident reporting that a hunter shot a deer in a safety zone. The hunter was located and admitted to killing the deer that was standing 21 yards away from the home.
• Monroe County WCO Ryan Gildea reports several individuals were cited for possessing loaded firearms in their vehicles during the past rifle deer season.
• Wayne County WCO Frank Dooley reports a New York resident will be charged with the unlawful taking of a black bear, several white-tailed deer, and possession of protected raptors. Additional charges for license violations, hunting in baited areas, and filing false reports with a state agency carry penalties in excess of $4,000 and restitution in the amount of $4,000. The man faces loss of hunting license privileges in Pennsylvania for five years.  
• Wayne County WCO Jim McCarthy reports that two men were charged for hunting in a baited area and the unlawful taking of a white-tailed deer. The men were hunting behind the former barbecue stand in Lake Ariel.
• Wayne County WCO Jim McCarthy states that a Jessup man was charged for hunting in a baited area and allowing his 8-year-old son to hunt in a baited area. The charges come after he and the boy were found in a treestand on the first day of the regular firearms deer season.  
• Susquehanna County WCO Mike Webb reports there was a sizeable number of bucks with large racks were taken in Susquehanna County during the rifle deer season. The number of violations for the hunting season was consistent with previous years with the top three violations being failure to wear the required orange material, hunting in baited areas, and hunter trespass. Webb reports a number of big game cases were conducted with the assistance of other state wildlife conservation agencies.  

From the Game Commission

• Bucks County WCO John Papson reports that citations have been filed for untagged deer and unlawfully killed deer. The number of citations filed for using a rifle in a special regulations county (shotgun only) has risen dramatically from two in past years to five this year, he said. Also there were three verbal warnings issued to hunters who were getting ready to hunt with rifles. 
• Lancaster County WCO Dennis Warfel said violations that occurred during the first few days of the rifle season include three citations for loaded firearms in vehicles and two citations for individuals who failed to tag their deer harvest before dragging the harvest to their vehicles.

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