Pennsylvania Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – March 29, 2019

SOUTHWEST REGION
From the Game Commission
 

Allegheny County Game Warden Dan Puhala said multiple hunters were cited this season for deer hunting with buckshot in Allegheny County. This type of ammunition has been unlawful in Allegheny County for many years and possessing it carries up to a $200 fine, plus court costs. 

Beaver County Game Warden Mike Yeck reports a resident pleaded guilty to shooting a protected white-tailed deer from his vehicle during the regular firearms deer season. The subject saw the deer from a busy road, stopped in the opposite lane and fired a single shot from the car. In addition to illegally killing the deer, the subject also pleaded guilty to shooting from a public road. The subject was located several days after the violation because of detailed vehicle descriptions provided by observant witnesses.

Beaver County Game Warden Mike Yeck reports a juvenile resident pleaded guilty to the unlawful killing of a white-tailed deer prior to the legal starting time during the regular firearms deer season. The incident was reported by a resident who heard the gunshot prior to daylight. When officers arrived on scene, drag marks and a blood-covered dirt bike were observed at the defendant’s home. Officers arranged an interview with the minor and his parent, during which he admitted to the violation. 

Somerset County Game Warden Zachary Edwards said a plea deal was reached with a defendant accused of killing or injuring six deer in a closed season in early 2018. Fines, restitution and costs totaled over $3,700, as well as forfeiture of the firearm used in the unlawful killing. The defendant was given 18 months of probation and the revocation of his hunting and furtaking privileges for 100 years.

Somerset County Game Warden Shawn Barron reports DNA evidence and collection assisted in charging an individual for possessing an unlawfully taken deer that is believed to have been shot from the road. Surveillance camera footage placed a vehicle in the area when the deer was taken. The vehicle was located, and blood and hair were observed in the vehicle. Samples from the bed of the vehicle and from the location where the deer was taken were submitted for forensic testing and shown to be a match. Charges are pending.

Somerset County Game Warden Shawn Barron said one individual has been charged for failing to check a conibear trap set for beavers. Surveillance cameras showed no sign of the individual checking his trap and, during a subsequent interview, the defendant admitted to the violation.

Somerset County Game Warden Shawn Barron said a case involving the unlawful taking of deer with a rifle and the unlawful taking of deer at night has been adjudicated. One individual involved in the case pleaded guilty to two counts of unlawful killing or taking of big game and will pay nearly $3,000 in fines and penalties. One of the deer that was taken with a rifle out of season was a buck that green-scored 142 inches on the Boone & Crockett scale. The defendant had been convicted previously with nine game-law violations over 10 years. His license had already been suspended from 2012-25. These violations will add another six years of revocation. The other individual pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful killing or taking of big game after admitting that he assisted in harvesting an antlered deer out the window of a vehicle using a spotlight.

Westmoreland County Game Warden Michael J. Papinchak reports a fox was found dead in a trap. Charges were  filed.

Westmoreland County Game Warden Michael J. Papinchak discovered two individuals had killed a deer with a flintlock. Neither had the required muzzleloader privilege. Charges were filed.

Westmoreland County Game Warden Bill Brehun reports two individuals have been charged for shooting without possessing a valid license or range permit at the State Game Land 42 Laughlintown range. Additionally, these offenders were charged for shooting well over the maximum limit of rounds allowed in the magazine and for shooting at a plastic jug that was placed haphazardly on the range. 

Westmoreland County Game Warden Bill Brehun reports a Derry Township man has been charged for shooting and killing two antlerless deer during the deer rifle season without having the required licenses. The individual had conspired with two family members to use their licenses and tags to place on these harvested animals. Both family members have been charged.

Westmoreland County Game Warden Bill Brehun said a Unity Township man has been charged for allowing his pit-bull to run down and attack a white-tailed deer in his partially fenced backyard. In the surveillance video, the dog continued to try to bring the deer to the ground after its initial attack. The deer was able to escape, but it’s unknown if the deer survived its injuries.

SOUTHCENTRAL REGION
From the Game Commission
 

Perry County Game Warden Kevin P. Anderson Jr. reports two men were found guilty of shooting two deer from a road. The judge ordered the men to pay replacement costs of the wildlife, in addition to their fines. They now both face hunting license revocations.

York County Game Warden Justin Ritter said an individual pleaded guilty to shooting from a road, violating safety zone requirements and unlawful taking or possession of game or wildlife,  in Hellam Township. 

Blair County Game Warden Salvadore Zaffuto reports a Tyrone resident pleaded guilty to killing a trophy-class buck with double drop tines, which was killed through the use of bait in DMA 2.

NORTHEAST REGION
From the Game Commission
 

Sullivan County Game Warden Rick Finnegan said that two Bradford County men were found guilty for hunting through the use of bait stemming from an incident on the first day of archery deer season.     

Lackawanna County Game Warden Aaron Morrow reports that two Lackawanna County men entered guilty pleas for the unlawful taking and possession of four white-tailed deer. The defendants each killed two deer in an area where bait had been used an enticement. Total fines and penalties were just under $3,000 and they face multiple years of license revocation. 

SOUTHEAST REGION
From the Game Commission
 

Bucks County Game Warden Shawna Burkett is seeking information concerning a residence damaged by a gunshot on Jan. 19 on Point Pleasant Pike in Plumstead Township. The shot came from the direction of Bradshaw Road and damaged a front window of the home. 

Chester County Game Warden Matthew Johnson said charges were filed against a Douglassville man for shooting a doe from the road in Union Township on the Sunday night prior to the regular firearms opening day. The deer was shot with a shotgun at about 9:20 p.m. and within the safety zones of three houses. The subject was confronted by residents of two of those houses while he was recovering the deer. One of the witnesses reported the subject’s identity and vehicle plate number to the Game Commission online. Evidence was collected and the subject made a confession the next day. He had been the subject of a similar incident at the same location two years prior, but there was insufficient evidence to charge him for that violation. The subject has already pleaded guilty and paid fines and restitution in excess of $2,300. 

Chester County Game Warden Matthew Johnson reports encountering multiple incidents of Canada goose hunters re-arranging corn cobs in harvested fields so that the cobs are located within the decoy sets, which is a violation of baiting law.

Lancaster County Game Warden John Veylupek is following up on a number of cases of hunters unlawfully removing high-risk cervid parts from Disease Management Areas and transporting them into Lancaster County.  

 Lancaster County Game Warden John Veylupek investigated a case in which an individual drove to SGL 156 and dumped large amounts of trash. Veylupek tracked  down the violator; charges are pending.

Lancaster County Game Warden Greg Graham said charges are pending against an individual who shot at a deer decoy from a road. The hunter spotted the decoy from his vehicle, parked and then stalked the decoy.  

Lancaster County Game Warden Greg Graham filed charges against two individuals who unlawfully hunted over bait, then shot a deer. Trail-camera evidence showed the bait was placed before the season, but still was present at the time the hunters were apprehended. And neither hunter had taken the required HTE course. 

Lancaster County Game Warden Greg Graham is investigating an incident where numerous individuals were discharging firearms at random on state game lands. Reckless endangerment, disorderly conduct and other game law charges are pending.

Lehigh County Game Warden Tyler Kreider said a 32-year-old Jim Thorpe man has pleaded guilty to the operation of a motor vehicle, while on state game lands, in willful and wanton disregard for the safety of others and property. He was ordered to pay a $200 fine, plus court costs. 

Northampton County Game Warden Brad Kreider reports multiple late-season trapping violations were detected, including bait visible from air and unmarked traps. Citations were filed.

Schuylkill County Game Warden Jason Macunas recently performed a license check on an Ashland area man hunting on County Water Authority property near Frackville during the regular firearms deer season. The man was hunting without a license and had previously been convicted of a felony offense, making it unlawful for him to possess a firearm. The individual was taken into custody and charges filed.  

Schuylkill County Game Warden Jason Macunas said that two Lebanon County men were found to be in possession of loaded firearms while in a motorized vehicle. The men were hunting in the Bear Valley area in Hegins Township during the opening day of the statewide firearms deer season. Both individuals pleaded guilty for the violation. 

Schuylkill County Game Warden Jason Macunas encountered a Pottsville area man that had an active warrant for his arrest. He was in possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. 

Schuylkill County Game Warden Jason Macunas reports that an Eldred Township man recently pleaded guilty to two counts of unlawful taking or possession of game or wildlife. A call was initially received through the agency’s tip line that sparked an investigation. The individual was charged with the illegal killing of a nice 6-point buck and an antlerless deer. 

Schuylkill County Game Warden Joel Gibble reports two men pleaded guilty to hunting through the use of bait. One of the men pleaded guilty to harvesting an antlerless deer with a license from another WMU.

Schuylkill County Game Warden Joel Gibble reports that two men were charged for hunting white-tailed deer on state game lands during a closed season. One man pleaded guilty, and the other was found guilty in court.

Schuylkill County Game Warden Joel Gibble reports a trapper pleaded guilty to trapping with a license he obtained without completing a HTE course. He also pleaded guilty to trapping a skunk and raccoon unlawfully.

Schuylkill County Game Warden Joel Gibble reports a man pleaded guilty to purchasing a hunting license without completing the required HTE and harvesting a buck that did not have the required 3 points on its antlers.

Schuylkill County Game Warden Joel Gibble said a man pleaded guilty to hunting through the use of bait during deer season. When he was discovered, he had a juvenile with him whom he was teaching to hunt.

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