Pennsylvania Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – Dec. 7, 2018
From the Game Commission
Clarion and Jefferson counties LMGS Jesse Bish said officers caught three spotlighters out after 11 p.m. while in possession of a firearm in southern Jefferson County.
Erie County Game Warden Darin Clark cited an individual for killing a deer off his back porch at 3 a.m. A neighbor reported the gunshot.
Jefferson County Game Warden Roger A. Hartless said that, a few days after the close of the October muzzleloader and special firearms deer seasons, someone dumped a large quantity of deer parts along a DCNR road on Clear Creek State Forest. The deer parts appeared to have come from a deer-processing operation.
Jefferson County Game Warden Andrew Troutman reports a hunter recently called in to report his own violation. He thought he had purchased an archery license, but didn’t, and harvested an antlerless deer with his archery tackle. The man was cited, but due to his honesty, the fine was a fraction of what it could have been.
From the Game Commission
Beaver County Game Warden Matt Kramer reports a Cranberry Township man was cited for archery hunting without purchasing an archery license.
Fayette and Westmoreland counties Game Warden Andy Harvey reports three men were convicted of numerous violations that occurred at the State Game Land 51 shooting range. The trio were shooting multi-projectile ammunition, using targets not made of paper and were not using the established range backboards. They also littered, damaged property and didn’t have the proper licenses or range permits.
Fayette and Westmoreland counties Game Warden Andy Harvey reports charges have been filed against a Connellsville couple for failure to remove a skunk they had caught in a live trap in their yard. The skunk was left in the trap for well over a week before it died.
Somerset County Game Warden Zachary Edwards reports a defendant pleaded guilty to multiple counts of unlawfully taken deer and various other violations over the course of two months. Fines and costs were assessed in excess of $1,300.
Somerset County State Game Warden Zachary Edwards reports a defendant pleaded guilty after being found hunting through the use of bait as an attractant for deer in Shade Township.
Somerset County Game Warden Brian Witherite and Cadet Tyler Barnes cited an individual for hunting deer during the archery season and overlap with the early muzzleloader season for hunting over bait, failure to wear and display the required amount of fluorescent orange and failure to have an identification tag on his treestand, which was on lands open to public hunting. The individual was warned for damage to trees because of several screw-in steps he had installed to hold gear.
Westmoreland and Fayette counties Game Warden Chris Bergman reports a Fayette County individual is being charged with killing a protected deer that didn’t meet the antler restrictions.
Westmoreland and Fayette counties Game Warden Chris Bergman reports charges are being filed against a bowhunter for not possessing his hunting license or secondary form of ID on his person. The individual wasn’t wearing the required orange hat while moving and when Bergman turned the truck around to perform a field check, the individual was gone. He was quickly found hiding under a bridge spanning a small creek by Cadet Daniel Carl.
Westmoreland County Game Warden Bill Brehun reports three Derry Township residents have been charged for littering on public access lands. One defendant has agreed to pay a contractor to clean up the entire parking area.
Westmoreland County Game Warden Bill Brehun reports charges have been filed against a Unity Township man who used controlled substances while archery hunting. The defendant also failed to wear the proper fluorescent orange during overlapping seasons.
Westmoreland County Game Warden Bill Brehun reports two St. Clair Township men each had their antlered deer confiscated and charges filed for taking the deer unlawfully. The violations were detected after both men had shot and killed antlered deer with their crossbows and called for assistance as a bear found their deer and would not let them get near them. During the investigation, the area was found to be baited, keeping the deer and bear coming back to their hunting location.
From the Game Commission
Snyder County Game Warden Harold J. Malehorn filed charges on three individuals for damaging trees and charges on two people for using treestands on game lands that were not tagged. All pleaded guilty to charges.
Snyder County Game Warden Harold J. Malehorn filed charges on an individual for shooting a pheasant while it was flying directly over a road. The pheasant was about vehicle height and only about 20 yards in front of the patrol vehicle when it landed. He pleaded guilty.
Snyder County Game Warden Harold J. Malehorn filed charges on an individual for not tagging a deer and issued a warning for trespassing on private property while hunting. The individual pleaded guilty.
Cumberland County Game Warden Timothy L. Wenrich reports that two individuals were cited for archery hunting in a baited area, trespassing, and fluorescent orange violations in the Carlisle area.
Cumberland County Game Warden Timothy L. Wenrich reports that two hunters shot at pheasants being released from the stocking truck on State Game Land 230. The hunters were 30 and 40 yards from the vehicle and crew members who were releasing them. One hunter killed a pheasant, but did not have the required pheasant stamp.
Mifflin County Game Warden Amanda M. Isett is investigating several night poaching cases.
Bedford County Game Warden Brandon Pfister said two individuals where charged with disorderly conduct, possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia.
Bedford County Game Warden Brandon Pfister reports that two Bedford County men have been charged with the unlawful taking of buck out of season.
From the Game Commission
Berks County Game Warden Tom Kline reports that he received a confidential tip from a concerned hunter on the Operation Game Thief hotline about a deer illegally killed at a baited area in Heidelberg Township. After a thorough investigation, the defendant was confronted and admitted to baiting the deer for months with a corn-and-molasses mix. He refreshed the area a few days before killing an antlerless deer in that area. The defendant pleaded guilty to multiple charges resulting in over $1,100 in fines and a potential three-year hunting license revocation.
Berks County Game Warden Tom Kline reports that, since opening access roads on State Game Land 110, multiple people have been cited for operating vehicles on a road designated only for disabled hunters.
Berks County Game Warden Tom Kline reports that multiple treestands have been reported with artificial bait placed in the immediate area.
Chester County Game Warden Matthew Johnson reports that an unlawful deer case from the 2017-18 season has recently been adjudicated with a guilty plea. The defendant was a Coatesville man who was seen dragging an antlerless deer through a yard one morning last November. When challenged by the property owner for trespassing, he provided a false name and fled, leaving the deer behind. The deer was not gutted or tagged, and after an extensive investigation, the hunter was identified, and he was found to have not purchased any antlerless tags for the WMU where he shot the deer. The investigation also revealed that he had stolen another person’s trail camera that same morning while bringing the deer out of the woods.
Dauphin County Game Warden Scott Frederick and Cadet Ryan Zawada were on patrol Oct. 27, the opening day of the fall turkey season and spotted turkeys along the road. They hid their vehicle while keeping the turkeys in sight, then witnessed a vehicle stop, and its driver retrieve a shotgun and pursue the turkeys into the woods. Charges are pending.
Dauphin County Game Warden Michael Doherty reports a bowhunter received six citations when he killed a buck within 30 yards of several houses, without wearing orange, in a residential neighborhood.
Lancaster County Deputy Game Warden Justin Brian cited two archery hunters who were not displaying the required 250 square inches of fluorescent orange clothing while moving to and from their hunting locations during the overlap with early muzzleloader season.
Lancaster County Deputy Game Warden Haines Henry cited an individual for archery hunting for deer without purchasing the required archery license.
Lancaster County Game Warden John Veylupek cited three individuals for using and possessing controlled substances on state game lands.
Lancaster County Game Warden Greg Graham said charges were filed against a father who allowed his son to harvest a 10-point buck during the antlerless muzzleloader season. Another case involved citations being filed against two individuals who picked up an injured deer, then killed it with a hunting knife. In another case a father let his 13-year-old son hunt without the required fluorescent orange. He also did not take the required HTE course, so his license was unlawful.
Lancaster County Game Warden Greg Graham reports that several archery deer hunters were found to be hunting over bait on the first day of the season. When questioned about their hunting licenses, it was determined that they had never completed the required HTE course and therefore were hunting with invalid licenses. Neither had used any fall restraints or safety equipment while using their treestands.
Lehigh County Game Warden Tyler Kreider said a 48-year-old Allentown man has pleaded guilty to all charges stemming from an incident on Memorial Day weekend on state game lands. Charges included resisting arrest, interfering with an officer, operation of a motor vehicle in disregard for the safety of others, and possession of a controlled substance.
Northampton County Game Warden Brad Kreider reports that a local individual decided to address his “squirrel problem” by setting up a drip feeder filled with antifreeze. A concerned neighbor reported the violation to the Game Commission. The antifreeze dispenser was removed and several citations were filed.
Schuylkill County Game Warden Jason Macunas is investigating the theft of treestands in Reilly and Tremont townships.
Schuylkill County Game Warden Joel Gibble reports that charges will be filed against an individual for shooting a trophy-class whitetail buck through the use of bait and transporting it without a tag.
Schuylkill County Game Warden Joel Gibble reports that charges have been filed against two individuals in West Penn Township for shooting a whitetail buck and transporting it without a tag.
Schuylkill County Game Warden Gibble of Schuylkill reports that charges have been filed against an individual in Tamaqua for shooting a whitetail buck without properly tagging it. In addition, the individual possessed an invalid license since he had never taken an approved HTE course.