Pennsylvania Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – Nov. 23, 2018
From the Game Commission
York County Game Warden Justin Ritter reports two York City men were charged with unlawful taking and possession of big game, hunting through the use of bait, and possessing a license they were not entitled to. The charges come after a report from an individual seeing the two stuff a large buck into a sedan trunk.
Bedford and Fulton counties Game Warden-LMO Jonathan S. Zuck reports that, during one November weekend, he stopped a vehicle each day for spotlighting well after legal spotlighting hours. He found the passenger in one of the vehicles to be in possession of a compound bow with a quiver of arrows equipped with broadheads.
Bedford and Fulton counties Game Warden-LMO Jonathan S. Zuck reports that, during the late evening hours of an October weekend, he came upon a man standing beside an ATV on a public road. The man, who appeared to be intoxicated, said he’d been driving the ATV when it overheated and shut off. The individual also was found to be in possession of marijuana and a smoking pipe. He was taken into custody on suspicion of operating the ATV while under the influence of drugs and alcohol, then taken to a local hospital for testing.
Bedford and Fulton counties Game Warden-LMO Jonathan S. Zuck reports that, in October, new bridges were constructed by Habitat Management crews on two Bedford County game lands. On State Game Land 97, a bridge replaced a culvert pipe on a small stream. The pipe was clogged and restricted stream flow. In addition to providing a reliable stream crossing on an access road, the bridge allows the stream to return to a more natural flow pattern. The second bridge replaced a damaged one on State Game Land 49. The new bridge permits for a more reliable access for crews to stock pheasants and manage wildlife habitat on over 400 acres of game lands.
Cumberland County Game Warden John Fetchkan reports that violations such as unplugged shotguns, failure to wear required orange, and not having a license in possession were common in October. Illegal bear and deer harvests also have been investigated.
Bedford County Game Warden Jeremy Coughenour reports that feeding deer in a disease management area and hunting through the use of bait continue to be the most common violations encountered.
Perry County Game Warden Kevin P. Anderson Jr. reports that a senior hunter was recently charged with multiple violations stemming from a road-hunting incident during the October special firearms season. The defendant shot and killed a doe from his truck while he was on a public road and within several safety zones. A concerned citizen reported the violations and their observations were critical in identifying the defendant and securing a successful prosecution.
Blair and Huntingdon counties LMO Chris Skipper reminds hunters to give Habitat Management staff plenty of room while they are stocking pheasants. The crews get the birds out as quickly as possible, so please be courteous and allow the crew to get out of the area before shooting at the birds.