Pennsylvania Cuffs & Collars – December 4th, 2015

From the Game Commission 

Butler County WCO Christopher J. Deal reports night patrols have detected multiple illegal deer kills. In one case, an individual waited until nighttime to remove a deer that was killed over bait. In another case, a beautiful buck was shot at night through the use of a spotlight. Charges have been filed in both cases.

Butler County WCO Chip L.  Brunst reports initiating an investigation on an unlawfully taken deer. Brunst found the carcass when he pulled over on a back road to make a phone call. While talking, he observed something moving about 500 yards away. Using his binoculars, he observed a bald eagle eating at what appeared to be a deer carcass. A quick walk revealed that it was, indeed, a dead deer. Without the white of the mature bald eagle, he never would have seen this deer.

Clarion County WCO Jesse N. Bish reports that two Clarion County residents were apprehended for hunting squirrels in a closed season.

Clarion County WCO Jesse N. Bish and Waterways Conservation Officer Gregory Pochron report that two individuals were apprehended for spotlighting wildlife well after 11 p.m. in the Kahle Lake area.

Clarion County WCO Jesse N. Bish reports that a Knox individual was apprehended for hunting and killing a deer through the use of bait. The fines and penalties imposed for such acts might reach $2,200.

Clarion County WCO Jesse N. Bish reports that an individual was apprehended and pleaded guilty for hunting through the use of bait in Millcreek Township. The fines and penalties imposed for such acts might reach $300.

Clarion County WCO Jesse N. Bish reports that a Knox individual was apprehended and pleaded guilty for hunting through the use of bait in Ashland Township. The fines and penalties imposed for such acts might reach $300.

Crawford County WCO Mark A. Allegro reports he is investigating several nighttime deer-poaching incidents. 

Crawford County WCO Randy R. Crago reports a 10-point buck was illegally killed in the area of Wilkins Road, Bloomfield Township. The deer was killed on or about Oct. 23. Anyone with information is asked to call the Northwest Region Office. 

Venango County WCO Jason R. Amory reports that an individual who did not qualify to hunt with a rifle was cited in Worth Township for hunting with a rifle during the Special Firearms season for antlerless deer.

Venango County WCO Jason R. Amory reports that several individuals from Worth Township, Mercer County, were warned for casting the rays of an artificial light upon livestock and buildings. One individual was cited for spotlighting with a loaded firearm in a vehicle.

Warren County WCO Eric M. McBride reports that charges are being filed against two men who were found driving through a field after shooting two deer at night. The arrest was made possible because of information from an informant.

Warren County WCO Eric M. McBride reports that charges are being filed against an individual who dumped several bags of garbage near a stream. The individual was located, then cleaned up the garbage, thus avoiding additional cost.

Warren County WCO Matthew R. Savinda reports that charges are pending against a man who was hunting on the Allegheny National Forest. The individual’s treestand was overlooking a log onto which had been poured what was described as acorn juice. The man also used a screw-in bow hanger.

Warren County WCO Matthew R. Savinda reports that a man has been cited for unlawfully parking his ATV in a game lands parking lot. He used a township road to get there, had no helmet, and his registration was hidden by mounting hardware.

Warren County WCO Matthew R. Savinda reports that charges have been filed against two men who, after road-hunting for turkeys, pulled their vehicle onto Hunter Access cooperator property, past signs marking the road as closed to motorized vehicles. One of the men got out and fired one shot at a turkey just behind a house, well within a safety zone.

Mercer and Venango counties LMGS Mario L. Piccirilli reports an individual arrived at the Mercer County Food and Cover headquarters on Shenango Lake with a seagull that was totally entwined in fishing line and two treble hooks from a fishing lure. After about 10 minutes, the seagull was freed from the entanglement. Once outside, the seagull looked around, took a hop and was airborne.

Crawford and Erie counties LMGS Shayne A. Hoachlander said crews conducted a prescribed fire on State Game Land 314 in November to promote shrub habitat.

From the Fish & Boat Commission 

Erie County officers reported four cases of note in tributary streams. At Trout Run,  three of four individuals were apprehended using nets to illegally take steelhead from nursery waters. Charges include flee and elude officers, illegal devices and various nursery water violations. One individual was apprehended in the same area of Trout Run using an illegal device i.e. landing net to illegally take steelhead from nursery waters.  At Walnut Creek, two individuals from Ohio were apprehended using landing nets to illegally take steelhead from commonwealth waters. At Fourmile Creek, four New Jersey residents were apprehended using illegal devices to take steelhead.  

From the Game Commission

Elk County WCO Susan Edmiston reports two dogs were caught in unlawfully set body-gripping traps on the opening day of the raccoon, fox, and coyote trapping seasons. The traps were set at both ends of a dry culvert pipe passing under a road within the Allegheny National Forest. Dog food was placed as bait inside the pipe. The dogs survived and were taken for veterinary care, and the violation was reported to the Northcentral Region Office. The trapper, a 14-year-old junior who was targeting raccoon, was identified by a trap tag on one trap. The youth was told body-gripping traps are only lawful when set in a waterway. A citation and written warnings were issued.

Lycoming County WCO Kristoffer Krebs reported that two individuals were cited for hunting through the use of bait in the Cogan Station area. One also was cited for the possession of an unlawfully taken deer. Charges are pending.

Lycoming County WCO Harold Cole reports that one of the forestry rangers made contact with a hunter who had two loaded muzzleloaders in his vehicle. On top of those violations, he also had a suspended driver’s license due to a DUI. The subject mentioned that he didn’t think anyone cared because he was driving on dirt roads.  

Potter County WCO Mark Fair reports darting and relocating a bear along Route 6 in Galeton. The 73-pound female was feeding on acorns along the road and was a public safety hazard. State Police in Coudersport assisted with traffic control and illuminating the bear for proper dart placement.

Clinton County WCO Kirk Miller reports multiple individuals were cited for hunting deer in archery season through the use of bait. Charges have been filed and the individuals could face fines totaling up to $300.

McKean County WCO Jeffrey Orwig reports that charges were filed against several individuals for hunting over bait and causing damage to trees. 

McKean County WCO Jeffrey Orwig reports that, with help from WCOs Skyler Gibble, Tom Sabolcik, Mark Fair and Information and Education Supervisor Doty McDowell, an ATV detail resulted in several charges filed against individuals for illegal use of ATVs.

Potter County WCO William Ragosta said violations have included unlawfully taken deer, hunting in a baited area, hunting unaccompanied, fluorescent-orange violations and trapping violations. In addition, several big-game violations are still being investigated.

Tioga County WCO Steve Brussese reports several hunters have been observed this season not wearing the proper amount of fluorescent orange, and hunting with unplugged shotguns.  

Lycoming and Union counties LMO Thomas M. Smith reports the Game Commission will be working with the Union County Conservation District on a stream-restoration project on Spring Creek along the southern boundary of State Game Land 252. The project, which is in the planning and permitting phase, will include bank-stabilization devices and water-flow deflectors that will protect the stream channel, reduce silt deposits, and benefit fish populations.

Potter and McKean counties WCO Tom Sabolcik, along with WCO Jeff Orwig, recently ran a successful decoy operation in the Susquehannok State Forest. Two individuals were cited for locating game by use of a motorized vehicle and possessing a loaded firearm in a motorized vehicle.

Potter and McKean counties WCO Tom Sabolcik, along with WCO Mark Fair, recently stopped and cited seven individuals for operating ATVs and dirt bikes on a Forest Game cooperator property. The company recently cleaned up the area, but there is a considerable amount of trash and debris accumulating on the property. Patrols will continue in the area.

Potter and McKean counties WCO Tom Sabolcik reports that, while on night patrol recently in Potter County, he cited two individuals for late spotlighting. 

Tioga County WCO Rodney Mee had to euthanize several bears with severe cases of mange. Many bears in the western half of Tioga County have been infected with the mite through bait piles and bird feeders. Bears transfer the mange mite at these locations. Mee notes also that the disease can be contracted by humans and pets that come in contact with the mites being shed by the bear.

McKean County WCO Skyler Gibble reports two individuals were charged for hunting within a safety zone. Hunters are reminded barns or equipment sheds are included in the safety zone.

From the Game Commission

Luzerne County WCO Gerald Kapral reports he has received numerous complaints about spotlighters casting beams on homes and barns. Night patrols have been increased in these areas to help alleviate the issue.

Luzerne County WCO Gerald Kapral reports this has been the worst year so far for nuisance bear and damage complaints. Numerous complaints have been answered where bears killed chickens, ducks, and other domestic birds. “I have had up to four bear traps set at one time to deal with the issues,” Kapral said. 

Luzerne County WCO Gerald Kapral reports that, while trying to check a baited archery ground blind, two persons fled from him on an ATV. “While they may have gotten away for now, they left behind many items, including a vehicle remote-entry fob that might help identify them,” Kapral said.

Montour County WCO Michael College reports citing several individuals for failure to wear the required amount of daylight fluorescent orange material.          

Northumberland County WCO Jason Kelley reports citing individuals this fall for baiting and fluorescent-orange violations during the archery deer season. 

Bradford County WCO Eric Kelly reports that multiple charges are pending after an incident where an individual placed bait at a treestand in order to entice deer for an accompanying hunter to harvest.

Susquehanna County WCO Ben Rebuck reports participating in a law-enforcement detail focused on small-game hunting at Lackawanna State Park. The detail yielded several violations and warnings. One individual was cited for shooting at a pheasant from the road and using a vehicle to locate game.  

Wyoming County WCO Victor Rosa reports a suspect has been arrested for killing a large buck over bait with a shotgun during the archery season.

Lackawanna County WCO Jared Turner reports that there have been safety-zone violations and road-hunting violations occurring at Lackawanna State Park. If anyone sees an individual shoot from a vehicle, from the road, or into a safety zone, please contact the Game Commission’s Northeast Region Office at 570-675-1143.  

From the Game Commission

Berks County WCO Dave Brockmeier reports that charges are pending against an individual for allowing his 14-year-old son to hunt unaccompanied and unlawfully harvest an antlered deer during the antlerless firearms season.

Bucks County WCO Ellyn Henry reports several individuals pleaded guilty for using unapproved bait alongside the bait approved by their attractant permit during the archery deer season.

Chester County WCO Keith Mullin found a small-game hunter out for pheasants and using a shotgun that was not plugged to a three-shell capacity. A citation has been filed.  

Dauphin County WCO Scott Frederick, along with LES Chuck Lincoln and Deputy Executive Director Bryan Burhans, patrolled the Susquehanna River for the opening of duck season, citing one individual for an unplugged shotgun and giving multiple warnings for waterfowlers not having their current license in possession in the field.  

Lancaster County WCO John Veylupek cited individuals for violations involving unlawful spotlighting, unlawful acts concerning licenses, state game lands regulations and failure to wear the required amount of fluorescent orange.

Lancaster County WCO Dennis Warfel reports there were quite a few violations for failure to wear the required fluorescent orange material during the overlap of archery and early antlerless muzzleloader deer season. Eight citations were issued. 

Lancaster County WCO Dennis Warfel reports that the small-game season has been busy and hunting areas have received large numbers of stocked pheasants. One Hunting Related Shooting Incident occurred during a pheasant hunt when two hunting parties lost track of each other. It resulted in a minor, non-penetrating injury to the skin on a lower leg.

Lehigh County WCO Kevin Halbfoerster reports that, during the first day of pheasant season, there were five violations for unplugged shotguns, one for hunting without a license and one for parking in front of a gate. Citations have been filed.

Lehigh County WCO Kevin Halbfoerster reports that range violations continue to happen, and citations have been filed for shooting over the three-round limit, not shooting from the bench, shooting at the range before noon on a Sunday and not possessing either a hunting or furtaker license, or a commission-issued range use permit. 

Montgomery County WCO Raymond Madden reports that over the past few weeks, numerous citations have been filed. Most of these violations occurred during the overlap of the archery and October muzzleloader season. 

Schuylkill County WCO Kevin Clouser reports that charges will be filed for late-night spotlighting and poaching deer.

Schuylkill County WCO Kevin Clouser reports that a bear with a clear plastic container stuck on its head was located, and the container removed. The bear was released unharmed.

Schuylkill County WCO Kevin Clouser reports an eagle was recovered after it had been electrocuted by high-tension wires.

Schuylkill County WCO Joel Gibble reports he has several ongoing poaching investigations due to the success of the new Operation Game Thief program. 

Dauphin and Lebanon counties LMGS Steven Bernardi recently witnessed a hunter walk out of the woods and along a main road carrying a shotgun in his right hand. With his left hand, he was holding a crossbow by the foot ring and using it as a walking stick by placing the butt of the bow on the ground as he walked. When Bernardi got to him in the game lands parking lot, the bow was leaning against his vehicle cocked with a bolt in it ready to fire. When Bernardi explained the danger the hunter put himself in by using the bow as a walking stick, the hunter asked if it was illegal. “I told him that it was not illegal to walk with it as he was, but leaning it against his car was illegal,” he said. “I hate to mention that he had a mentored youth with him.” A citation was filed.

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