Pennsylvania Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – November 5, 2021

SOUTHWEST REGION
From the Game Commission

Allegheny, Beaver and Washington counties LMGS Dan Puhala reports baited areas have been discovered on state game lands in recent weeks. 

Cadet April Whitsell reports that, while on field assignment with Allegheny County Game Warden Madison Kyle, she was able to check a black bear harvested by an archer, an impressive feat in Allegheny County.

Beaver County Game Warden Mike Yeck reports the improvements to Watt’s Mill Road, which winds through State Game Land 285 in South Beaver Township, have been completed. In addition to repairing the slide area, township road crews widened and repaved the entire road, installed new guide rails and donated time and materials for much-needed improvements to game lands parking areas.

Cadet Justin Slomian reports that, while on field assignment with Cambria County Game Warden Shawn Harshaw, there have been numerous reports of ATV use on state game lands and Hunter Access properties. Citations have been filed on different occasions for ATV use on state game lands and a loaded crossbow on an ATV. 

Fayette County State Game Warden Zachery Hay reports an individual was apprehended for dumping three partially processed deer carcasses and a large piece of cardboard in a field along a road in Lower Tyrone Township.

Indiana County Game Warden Ned Kimmel reports many violations were observed on the opening day of archery season including hunting through the use of bait, possessing old tags and unsigned licenses, and not possessing license while hunting.

Indiana County Game Warden Ned Kimmel reports several spotlighting violations have been encountered where the individuals spotlighting were in possession of crossbows and compound bows while spotlighting for deer. 

Somerset County Game Warden Brian Witherite reports charges have been filed against multiple individuals for the unlawful taking of an 8-point buck through the use of bait. 

Somerset County Game Warden Brian Witherite reports an individual was cited for driving a motorized vehicle onto lands enrolled in the Hunter Access program. The property was posted closed to travel.

Somerset County Game Warden Andy Harvey reports a Confluence man was cited after operating a vehicle with no license plate on state game lands. The vehicle’s registration was expired by a year and a half, and it didn’t have insurance.

Cadet Jeffrey Gibson reports that, while on field assignment with Somerset County Game Warden Andy Harvey, two hunters were found to be hunting through the use of bait and had committed other violations including littering and having untagged treestands on state game lands.

Cadet Zachary Salsgiver reports that, while on field assignment with Washington County Game Warden Dan Sitler, they had the opportunity to interact with youth pheasant hunters who had successfully harvested birds in Washington County. “Unfortunately, we also checked one adult hunter who also harvested a pheasant during the youth season,” Salsgiver said.

Washington County Game Warden Adam Traynor reports charges are being filed against individuals unlawfully operating off-road vehicles on State Game Land 302 and neighboring Hunter Access properties.

Westmoreland County Game Warden Michael J. Papinchak reports an individual was mentoring a juvenile while in possession of multiple firearms, one an unplugged shotgun. Neither the mentor nor the mentored youth had ID or their licenses in the field. Charges and warnings were filed.

Westmoreland County Game Warden Michael J. Papinchak reports that, while patrolling a wooded area, he came upon a father and daughter archery hunting. There was no record of the daughter completing a Hunter-Trapper Education course. Initially, her father said she had, but eventually he admitted she hadn’t. Charges were filed against the father.

Westmoreland County Game Warden Bill Brehun reports eight individuals were found to be hunting through the use of bait in an attempt to entice deer to their hunting locations on the opening day of the statewide archery opener. Additional violations consisted of hunting without a license, feeding and using urine-based attractants in a CWD Disease Management Area.

Westmoreland County Game Warden Bill Brehun reports criminal charges have been filed for a person possessing drugs and drug paraphernalia in a parking area of Loyalhanna Flood Control property in Derry Township.

Cadet Bradley Hyde reports that, while on field assignment with Westmoreland County Game Warden Bill Brehun, many people have been found to be in violation of CWD regulations.

SOUTHCENTRAL REGION
From the Game Commission

Adams County Game Warden Taylor Knash reports an individual was cited for unlawfully placing bait, and within a CWD Disease Management Area, where feeding deer is prohibited because it causes deer to congregate. 

Bedford County Game Warden Philip Bietsch reports a Bedford County man was warned for spotlighting after 11 p.m.

York County Game Warden Scott Brookens reports a recent party on State Game Land 170 in Perry County resulted in 18 citations being issued for various violations.  

Mifflin County Game Warden Amanda Isett reports an individual was warned for hunting in a safety zone during archery deer season. 

York County Game Warden Cameron M. Murphy reports he recently cited an individual for hunting through the use of bait in Penn Township, York County, on the opening day of archery season. There were two large mineral blocks within 40 yards of the hunter’s treestand. The individual stated he didn’t know mineral blocks were considered “bait” to attract the deer. Appropriate charges are forthcoming. 

Fulton County Game Warden Justin Klugh has handled an increase of illegal spotlighting reports throughout his patrol area as the weather has cooled off. Patrols will be increased. 

Fulton County Game Warden Justin Klugh has filed charges against two individuals who illegally trespassed and placed trail cameras on private property. 

NORTHEAST REGION
From the Game Commission

Luzerne County Game Warden Dale Ambosie reports citing an individual for placing out grain and mineral products on State Game Land 141 in Carbon County. 

Bradford County Game Warden Praveed Abraham reminds the public that there have been multiple changes in game law regulations for the 2021-22 season. These updates can be found in the current Pennsylvania Hunting and Trapping Digest. Questions may be directed to any regional office. 

Wayne County Game Warden Adriel Douglass reports a New York man was charged for unlawfully possessing four striped skunks that were taken from the wild. The man intended to de-scent the skunks and keep them as pets.

Wayne County Game Warden Adriel Douglass reports that a joint investigation with the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission resulted in three individuals being charged for littering and misusing state property.

Columbia County Game Warden Justin Faus reports that, throughout the summer months, he and Game Warden Ricky Deiterich issued many citations at the State Game Land 58 shooting range for individuals shooting shotguns with buckshot and birdshot loads. 

Sullivan County Game Warden Rick Finnegan reports that an individual was cited for hunting through the use of bait on the opening day of archery season. The man had mineral blocks near his treestand on the Loyalsock State Forest. Charges are pending.

Monroe County Game Warden Dillon Gruver reports citing several individuals for riding ATVs on state game lands in September and October and cited another individual for attempting to drive his truck around a locked game lands gate.. 

Susquehanna County Game Warden Ben Rebuck reports investigating several incidents of individuals hunting through the use of bait during the first week of statewide archery season.

Susquehanna County Game Warden Mike Webb cautions that wildlife acting abnormally might signal an illness that can be transmitted to people. Recently, a skunk in his district that was behaving aggressively was euthanized tested positive for rabies.    

Northumberland County Game Warden Michael Workman reports seeing an increase in hunters failing to sign their licenses or Federal Duck stamps. He reminds hunters to sign their licenses and stamps before heading afield. 

SOUTHEAST REGION
From the Game Commission

Berks County Game Warden Alex Murray reports a Cumru Township man recently was cited for hunting over bait. He was using a large pile of apples to attract the deer to his stand.   

Bucks County Game Warden Hannah Robinson warned three juveniles for harassing wildlife in Northampton Township.

Bucks County Game Warden Shawna Burkett reports checking several bait stations for compliance in the Southeast Special Regulation Area.

Chester County Game Warden Matthew Johnson reports an Exton woman was charged and found guilty at trial for two counts of possessing wildlife. She took in two raccoons and posted the activity on social media, which led to multiple tips to the Game Commission.

Dauphin County Game Warden Russell Kreider reports an individual was charged for dove hunting without the required license. As a reminder, a Migratory Game Bird license is required to hunt doves.

Lancaster County Game Warden Greg Graham reports filing citations against numerous individuals for violations detected during late-night patrols. They include loaded firearms in vehicles and various state game lands violations for possessing drugs and drug paraphernalia, and having unregistered and uninspected vehicles. 

Lancaster County Game Warden Daniel Gibble reports charging a waterfowl hunter for not having a Federal Duck Stamp while hunting waterfowl. Per the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service website: “One of the easiest ways that anyone can support bird habitat conservation is by buying Federal Duck Stamps – among the most successful conservation tools ever created to protect habitat for birds and other wildlife. Federal Duck Stamps are conservation revenue stamps; 98 percent of the purchase price goes directly to help acquire and protect wetland habitat and purchase conservation easements for the National Wildlife Refuge System. Wetlands acquired with Duck Stamp dollars help purify water, aid in flood control, reduce soil erosion and sedimentation, and enhance outdoor recreation opportunities.”

Lebanon County Game Warden Derek Spitler reports an individual got lost on State Game Land 210, resulting in a search. The individual went missing around 11 a.m. and was located around midnight by Game Wardens and members of the Game Commission’s Woodland Tracking Team. The individual was wet and cold, but in good condition, and was checked out by local paramedics.

Montgomery County Game Warden Raymond Madden reports a busy September in the district.  “We had multiple violations involving individuals hunting for migratory birds with more than three shells in their shotguns, along with multiple illegal baiting sites that were checked on the opening day of the archery season,” he said. “Multiple citations were issued for the above violations.

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