Pennsylvania Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – Dec. 21, 2018

From the Game Commission

McKean County Game Warden Jeffrey Orwig reports that, with the help of Deputy Mike Valine and Bradford Township Police, charges were filed against four Bradford individuals for poaching deer at night. Two individuals were hiding in the woods from officers. 

McKean County Game Warden Jeffrey Orwig reports that citations will be filed against three Elk County residents for shooting at game at night from the vehicle. One shot was taken right in front of the officer. 

Clinton County Game Warden Kirk Miller reports that an individual was cited for unlawfully purchasing a license without first completing the required Hunter-Trapper Education course. The individual could face fines totaling up to $200.

Lycoming County Game Warden Kristoffer Krebs reported that three area juveniles have been charged in connection with a Nov. 27 incident. Those involved took two antlerless deer that night through the use of an artificial light and killed a gray fox. None held a valid furtaker license. The group now faces charges for the unlawful taking of big game, the unlawful taking or possession of a gray fox and loaded firearms in vehicles. Charges are pending.  

Lycoming County Game Warden Harold Cole reports that two men have charges pending for an incident on State Forest property. A DCNR ranger came upon a vehicle stopped in the middle of the forestry road and watched the passenger pass a loaded crossbow to the driver.  The driver then pulled the crossbow up like he was going to shoot and the ranger saw a deer run deeper into the woods. The ranger activated his vehicle’s emergency lights and made contact with the occupants. The two men were brothers and their grandsons, ages 9 and 15, were in the back seat. There were violations of the Game Law and the Vehicle Code. Cole states charges were filed against both men for using a vehicle to locate game and possessing a loaded firearm in a vehicle. The driver also was charged for driving without a driver’s license and operating an unregistered vehicle. A ride had to be contacted for them because the vehicle was not registered and the adult passenger did not have a valid driver’s license either.

Clearfield County Game Warden Mark Gritzer reports that two adult hunters were apprehended for hunting through the use of bait while they were accompanying junior hunters.

Clearfield County Game Warden Mark Gritzer reports that a senior lifetime license holder was encountered hunting in his backyard unlawfully through the use of bait.

Clearfield County Game Warden Mark Gritzer reports that a live deer was removed from a storm basin in front of the DuBois Hospital and released back into the wild.

Clearfield County Game Warden Mark Gritzer and Game Warden Cadet Charlie Schuster report that an individual was apprehended for feeding elk.

McKean County Game Warden Skyler Gibble reports that a group of individuals were discovered spotlighting with a crossbow in the vehicle. Upon further investigation it was discovered that a deer had been shot that night and another was discovered that had not been tagged. The individuals involved have been charged with multiple violations.

Land Management Group Supervisor Rodney Mee reports that, with the help of DCNR rangers, a joint operation on Tioga State Forest and State Game Land 335 in Tioga County was conducted to interdict illegal Jeep use on state land. Fourteen Jeep owners were apprehended on DCNR property, and identification of many individuals responsible for damage in May 2018 also was secured. Damages to Game Commission property alone were estimated at over $16,000. Citations will be issued upon completion of the investigation.

Elk County Game Warden Susan Edmiston reports that multiple people have been cited for traveling on roads closed to motorized vehicles on State Game Lands 44. Even if a gate is open, if the road is marked closed to motorized vehicles, it is unlawful to travel upon.

Lycoming County Game Warden Jonathan M. Wyant reports that the eagle populations are doing well in Lycoming County. During the migration, one individual reported seeing 11 eagles in one day.  

Centre County Game Warden Michael Ondik reports that three juveniles recently were cited for purposely riding ATVs behind closed and locked gates on State Game Land 100 in northern Centre County. The three also illegally used state and township roads to get to the game lands.   

From the Game Commission

Bradford County Game Warden Eric Kelly reports that six individuals were charged on the opening day of firearms deer season for hunting through the use of bait.

Bradford County Game Warden Blake Barth reports citing a New Hampshire resident who killed a spike buck during antlered deer firearms season. The investigation included cooperation with New Hampshire Fish and Game Wardens. The defendant faces $1,000 to $1,500 in fines and license revocation.

Northumberland County Game Warden Jared Turner reports that two antlerless deer were shot in the area of Butler Road and Blue Church Road in a safety zone and the shooter fled, leaving the deer behind. The incident is under investigation.

Sullivan County Game Warden Rick Finnegan reports he encountered several persons possessing loaded guns in vehicles, and several hunters not wearing sufficient fluorescent orange clothing during the bear and deer firearms seasons. 

Sullivan County Game Warden Rick Finnegan reports he cited one individual for hunting under the influence of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and other charges.

Bradford County Game Warden Michael Goodenow reports that charges are pending against five individuals for separate incidents involving locating game with a motor vehicle and shooting and killing game from the road. Multiple citations are pending for all persons involved, with possible maximum fines for each totaling up to $1,800 and one month in prison.

Bradford County Game Warden Michael Goodenow reports that charges are pending against three individuals after they were found with loaded firearms in or on a motorized vehicle. 

Lackawanna County Game Warden Aaron Morrow reports that a Monroe County man recently entered a guilty plea for the unlawful killing of a black bear in August. The defendant shot and killed a 519-pound bear that was rummaging through his garbage. The defendant was charged with a misdemeanor and was assessed over $3,000 in fines and penalties. The defendant will also be on license revocation for five years.

Lackawanna County Game Warden Aaron Morrow reports that two Lackawanna County men were charged with killing a black bear through the use of bait in Wayne County. Both defendants were hunting for deer and bear in a baited area when the bear was harvested.  

Lackawanna County Game Warden Aaron Morrow reports that two men from the Philadelphia area were charged with the unlawful killing of two antlerless deer during the antlered-only season in Wildlife Management Unit 3D.   

Susquehanna County Game Warden Ben Rebuck reports citing the same individual on two separate occasions in a two-week period for using a motorized vehicle to locate game, trespassing, shooting from a road and not wearing enough fluorescent orange. 

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