Pennsylvania Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – April 24, 2020

SOUTHWEST REGION
From the Game Commission

Allegheny County Game Warden Douglas Bergman reports a trophy-class buck was killed in the Glassport area before the after-Christmas late season. 

Allegheny County Game Warden Douglas Bergman reports charges are being filed against an Elizabeth Township woman for operating an ATV on Hunter Access property. This individual may also be held responsible for restitution to fix a newly seeded area of a recently constructed gas line where the unlawful activity occurred. 

Allegheny County Game Warden Zeb Campbell reports a deer hunter harvested an antlered deer during the late season using corn as bait. The deer was shot with a crossbow out of a window and died in a city park. The deer was confiscated, and the hunter received fines in excess of $550.   

Allegheny County Game Warden Zeb Campbell reports the ranges at State Game Land 203 are closed due to the COVID-19 virus in order to ensure social distancing during this unprecedented situation.  

Beaver County Game Warden Mike Yeck reports an observant sportsman reported an Ohio resident who unlawfully harvested an antlerless deer in WMU 1A on the opening day of the regular firearms deer season. Except on DMAP properties, antlerless deer were not allowed to be harvested in WMU 1A for another week. However, the deer was tagged using a WMU 2B antlerless license, where antlerless hunting was open. In addition to fine, the hunter faces the loss of his hunting privileges for at least three years.

Cambria County Game Warden Seth Mesoras reports a recent surge in outdoor activity. With this increase, there have been increased complaints about illegal activity on state game lands and Hunter Access properties. Numerous citations have been issued for illegal ATV activity and littering. 

Fayette County Game Warden Charles T. Schuster reports an individual whose dog chased and injured a white-tailed deer recently received a citation.

Fayette County Game Warden Charles T. Schuster reports an individual recently received a citation for driving a motorized vehicle on state game lands.

Fayette County Game Warden Brandon Bonin reports several citations have been filed for trucks and ATVs being operated in areas closed to motorized vehicles on state game lands and Hunter Access properties. 

Greene County Game Warden Christopher Bence reports an individual was cited for having several untagged traps.

Greene County Game Warden Christopher Bence is continuing an investigation on traps set using bait visible from the air. 

Westmoreland County Game Warden Bill Brehun reports a Derry Township man pleaded guilty to charges filed against him after he and his son – a mentored youth – were found hunting through the use of bait during the statewide deer rifle season.

Westmoreland County Game Warden Bill Brehun reports charges have been filed against four defendants for unlawfully riding dirt bikes on State Game Land 42. These unlawful users created numerous miles of trails that cut through and damaged the natural state of the land. Brehun and Land Management Group Supervisor Anderson surveyed one specific area where this damage occurred and mapped over a 4-mile-long trail that was created. Additional costs will be added to the original charges due to these damages. Some of these defendants also are being charged for fleeing and eluding.

Westmoreland County Game Warden Bill Brehun reports a Unity Township man has been charged for littering by depositing a burnt-up boat on U.S. Army Corp of Engineers property in Derry Township, also known as State Game Land 411. After inspecting the boat, it was found someone tried to grind off all the identification numbers. At the conclusion of the investigation, multiple people were found to be involved. The persons responsible for dumping this boat are being held accountable for expenses of $1,200 for the towing and proper disposal of the inboard engine and remains of the fiberglass boat.

Westmoreland County Game Warden Bill Brehun reports three Unity Township men have been charged for shooting at a state game lands range without first securing a hunting license or range permit and for littering; they left behind empty ammo boxes, cans, targets and other debris. Warnings were given for shooting over the permitted number of rounds and for shooting at targets not permitted on the state game lands ranges. These violations were identified after videos of these men were taken and sent out on Snapchat.

SOUTHCENTRAL REGION
From the Game Commission

Cumberland County Game Warden John Fetchkan reports that game-lands use has been up during this pandemic and people using these lands are reminded to read the signs posted there, especially if they are new to these areas. State Game Land 169 in Newville has a large temporary propagation area where entry isn’t permitted until June 15. 

Fulton County Game Warden Justin Klugh is investigating the illegal possession of an owl for a second time in the last couple of months.  

Juniata County Game Warden Eric Kelly reports investigating dumping violations on state game lands and Hunter Access properties.

York County Game Warden Scott Brookens reports poaching activity is still happening in York County, with some shooting deer and leaving them lay.

York County Game Warden Justin Ritter reports there has been a rise in off-road-vehicle use on state game lands.

NORTHEAST REGION
From the Game Commission

Luzerne County Game Warden Justin Faus cited numerous individuals for scattering wooden pallets, cans and other debris on State Game Land 187. 

Monroe County Game Warden Praveed Abraham reports filing charges for an October 2019 illegal dumping incident that required game lands maintenance crews to make three trips to clean up. Due to the large amount of materials dumped, Abraham is requesting up to $1,000 in additional fines. 

Wayne County Game Warden Adriel Douglass reports that citations were issued in several instances for operating vehicles off-road or on closed roads on state game lands. Reports of nuisance bears are also coming in with the warm weather.

Sullivan County Game Warden Rick Finnegan reports that two individuals were found guilty in Sullivan County court for unlawfully taking deer through the use of bait. Another person was found guilty for taking a bear through the use of bait.

Susquehanna County Game Warden Ben Rebuck reports investigating an incident where 83 tires were dumped on Jeffer’s Tree Farm in Harford Township. The property is enrolled in the Game Commission’s Hunter Access program. Anyone with information is asked to call the Game Commission Northeast Region Office at 570-675-1143.

Wyoming County Game Warden Victor Rosa reports that added patrols are taking place on SGL 57 due to reports of unlawful ATV activity. 

Pike County Game Warden Patrick Sowers reports a significant increase in state game lands abuse in his district. There are groups of people riding ATVs on the game lands and people driving their full-sized vehicles around gates. 

Northumberland County Game Warden Derek Spitler reports charges will be filed against a Washington Township resident for unlawfully possessing big game, littering and permit violations. 

Montour and Northumberland counties Game Warden Jared Turner reports that the Game Commission is seeking information concerning a deer that was shot in the head from the road, in the area of Yeagle Road, in Anthony Township, Montour County, on the evening of March 13.

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