From the Game Commission
• Clarion County WCO Jesse N. Bish said a Knox man was cited for hunting geese without first securing a migratory bird license. On Jan. 3, goose hunters were reported hunting inside a safety zone along the Clarion River. A license check determined one hunter failed to possess the required migratory game bird license.
• Clarion County WCO Jesse N. Bish reports that a Fisher man was cited and found guilty for hunting deer without first securing a muzzleloader license. While patrolling on Jan. 3 in Millcreek Township, Clarion County, Bish heard shots in a particular area and began to move in that direction where he found a hunter walking in the woods adjacent to the road. Bish performed a field check and determined that the man did not possess the required muzzleloader license. The hunter also admitted to taking a shot at a deer prior to the check.
• Clarion County WCO Steven J. Ace reports that, with several cases still pending and evidence still being processed at labs, the hunting season rush is still on. There are one or two more substantial cases awaiting hearings or awaiting evidence to be processed by labs. The cases seem to be getting more complex every year, he said.
• Crawford County WCO Randy R. Crago reports that a Titusville man was found guilty of unlawfully possessing an owl.
• Lawrence County WCO Byron D. Gibbs reports charges are being filed on two men in possession of no fewer than five illegally taken deer, which were found while a search warrant was being executed at their home.
• Lawrence County WCO Byron D. Gibbs reports a local resident stated the reason he shot two deer in his yard this February was because they were eating his shrubs. Charges are pending.
• Lawrence County WCO Byron D. Gibbs reports while conducting a search warrant at the home of a man who shot a very large shed-antlered buck behind his house with a crossbow, marijuana was found and confiscated. Charges have been filed.
• Lawrence County WCO Byron D. Gibbs reports a resident living across the road from a state game land parking lot in Scott Township wanted to test out the 4-wheel-drive capabilities of his truck by trying to drive up an embankment that led to a stand of warm season grass. He got his truck stuck. Charges have been filed against him.
• Venango County WCO Ronda J. Bimber reports she found a pile of corn and apples on State Game Land 45.
• Venango County WCO Jason R. Amory reports that a group of three Erie County men were successfully prosecuted for trespassing while hunting and hunting through the use of bait in Eldred Township. The men either entered guilty pleas or were found guilty by Judge Arthur Zerbe, of Youngsville.
From the Game Commission
• Monroe County WCO Ryan Gildea reports an individual recently pleaded guilty to possessing a loaded firearm in his vehicle.
• Wayne County WCO Frank J. Dooley reports a Florida man pleaded guilty and agreed to pay restitution for damaging a Game Commission gate and entering state game lands to dump building materials and trash. Fines and costs totaled $2,800, which included $1,000 restitution for property damage and clean-up costs.
• Sullivan County WCO Rick Finnegan reports that two individuals recently pleaded guilty to riding snowmobiles on State Game Land 13 in Sullivan County.
• Bradford County WCO Michael Goodenow Jr. reports that, on his first day on patrol in Bradford County, he discovered numerous snowmobile tracks on closed roads on State Game Land 239.
• Luzerne County WCO Gerald Kapral reports that he stopped two people riding snowmobiles on a pipeline on State Game Land 206. While the area is not a designated snowmobile route, the riders claim they have been riding there for years. Citations were filed, and the individuals requested hearings.
• Luzerne County WCO Gerald Kapral was checking local waterways for signs of beaver-trapping activity and came upon a snare set for beavers that did not have the required stop for preventing the device from closing to a circumference of less than 7 inches.
• Northumberland County WCO Jason Kelley encountered several trapping violations in February that included bait visible from the air, failure to check traps every 36 hours, and traps that exceeded maximum jaw spread.
• Monroe County WCO Bryan Mowrer reports a Stroudsburg man was found guilty of unlawful possession of an antlerless deer and failing to tag it. The man shot the deer in WMU 3D but only had a 5C antlerless tag. The investigation began after DWCOs observed the deer hanging from a tree in the individual’s yard without the required kill tag attached to its ear.
• Wyoming County WCO Victor Rosa cited an individual for several trapping violations. The suspect had been unlawfully using foot-hold traps on either side of a deer carcass. A bobcat was caught in one of the traps and was freed unharmed. In addition, the suspect failed to properly check the traps as required by regulations and failed to have ID tags on the traps.
• Lackawanna County WCO Jared Turner reports a large amount of litter and brass was left behind at the State Game Land 300 shooting range in Archbald, as well as a number of users without hunting licenses or proper shooting range permits. Increased patrols will attempt to address these issues.
From the Game Commission
• Bucks County WCO Ellyn Henry said charges were filed against 17- and 21-year-olds for poaching two does. Both were found guilty.
• Dauphin County WCO Mike Doherty reports that a Millersburg man was sentenced to $2,300 in fines for conspiring to take a 5-point buck in closed season. The buck was killed by a coyote hunter, and the defendant persuaded the hunter not to contact the Game Commission for a mistake kill, and give the deer to him instead. He also faces a loss of his hunting privileges.
• Lancaster County WCO John Veylupek investigated an incident in which two hunters shot snow geese on a Sunday. Multiple citations are to be filed.
• Lancaster County WCO John Veylupek investigated a trapping case involving trespassing, littering and baiting traps with animal products visible from the air. Charges have been filed.
• Lancaster County WCO Dennis R. Warfel reports that two individuals cited on the first day of the rifle season, hunting over bait and in a safety zone, were found guilty at a recent hearing at Quarryville district court. Additionally, warrants have been issued for two violators who failed to respond to citations filed.
• Lehigh County WCO Kevin Halbfoerster reports that a defendant was found guilty and ordered to pay approximately $250 in fines and court costs for charges he was using bait while hunting deer.
• Montgomery County WCO Raymond Madden reports that numerous cases have recently been finalized, while others are still awaiting hearings. Multiple misdemeanor charges for buying and selling of game or wildlife have been forwarded to county court after a successful preliminary hearing.