Pennsylvania Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – November 11, 2022

SOUTHWEST REGION
From the Game Commission

Armstrong County Game Warden Christopher Bence reports charges have been filed against an individual for hunting using bait.

Armstrong County Game Warden Christopher Bence reports charges have been filed against an individual for unlawful possession of a road-killed whitetail buck. Bence reminds the public that it is unlawful to possess wildlife, dead or alive, without securing a permit from the Pennsylvania Game Commission.

Indiana County Game Warden Ned Kimmel reports multiple illegal treestands were found on local game lands. In some cases, the treestands had been there for years without being properly marked with an identification tag. In many cases, treestands begin damaging trees when left attached for long periods of time.

Somerset County Game Warden Brian Witherite reports an individual was apprehended for shooting an antlered deer at night and removing its head. Charges have been filed in the incident. “Thank you to those who provided information and assisted in the investigation,” Witherite said.

Somerset County Game Warden Andy Harvey reports a Somerset man was cited after he harvested a 6-point buck during the October muzzleloader season. Only antlerless deer can be taken during this time.

Washington County Game Warden Daniel T. Sitler reports that, while using social media, Southwest Region Overt Special Investigator Shawn Barron got a tip that an individual shot a pheasant with a crossbow on opening day. After further investigation, he admitted he didn’t have a pheasant permit at the time of harvest.

Westmoreland County Deputy Game Warden Ben Bawden reports he came across an individual with a Jeep stuck on the canoe launch in New Alexandria. He was attempting to cross the water at that location. It required a large crane-type wrecker to remove the Jeep. Several charges were filed, and restitution for damage to the launch area is being requested.

Westmoreland County Game Warden Michael J. Papinchak reports he and Deputy Warden Ben Bawden were working an area after dark when Bawden observed an individual spotlighting. When that person recognized Bawden’s marked vehicle, he took off. When stopped, he was found to be in possession of a crossbow while spotlighting. Charges were filed for driving in a closed area and having the crossbow.

Westmoreland County Game Warden Michael J. Papinchak reports an individual was found hunting pheasants within the safety zone of a home near State Game Land 419. Charges were filed.

Westmoreland County Game Warden Michael J. Papinchak received limited information, through an Operation Game Thief report, of a person possessing an eastern cottontail rabbit. With the help of Investigator Shawn Barron, the person was located and admitted possessing the rabbit. Charges were filed.

Westmoreland County Game Warden Bill Brehun reports three individuals were found hunting using bait in Derry Township on Hunter Access property. Criminal charges have been filed.

Cadet James Crown reports that, while on field assignment with Warden Bill Brehun in Westmoreland County, the season started slow, but picked up. There have been two bears harvested in the district and several decent-sized bucks. On the violation side, three individuals were charged for hunting over bait in Derry Township. Another individual was cited for hunting over bait on a property neighboring St. Vincent College.

Cadet Helen Karp reports that, while on field assignment with Warden Madison Pugh in Allegheny County, citations were filed for an individual who shot an antlerless deer in multiple safety zones with a crossbow.

Cadet Helen Karp reports that, while on field assignment with Warden Madison Pugh in Allegheny County, they responded to a treestand accident which resulted in a fatality. Hunters are reminded to use a fall-arrest system and haul rope while treestand hunting.

Cadet Luke Mentzer reports that, while on field assignment with Warden Brian Witherite in Somerset County, he investigated two hunting-related shooting incidents. He reminds all hunters to exercise firearms safety and situational awareness.

Cadet Sheldon Helm reports that, while on field assignment with Warden Christopher Bence in Armstrong County, reminds mentors they may only have one mentored youth hunter with them at a time when hunting.

Cadet Sheldon Helm reports that, while on field assignment with Warden Christopher Bence in Armstrong County, charges are pending against an archery hunter for hunting through the use of bait after he failed to remove all bait and residue at least 30 days before hunting the location.

Cadet Sheldon Helm, while on field assignment with Warden Christopher Bence in Armstrong County, reminds hunters a muzzleloader license is required to hunt whitetails, but not bears, during the early muzzleloader season.

NORTHCENTRAL REGION
From the Game Commission

McKean County Game Warden Jeffrey Orwig reports that, thanks to the state game lands habitat-management crews and foresters, several new roads were opened to allow access to remote areas for this hunting season.

Tioga County Game Warden Richard C. Lee reports Tioga County has vast amounts of public land, and he encourages hunters to take advantage of the opportunity it provides. While hunting, especially on public land, hunters are encouraged to wear fluorescent orange even when it’s not required.

Potter County Game Warden Blaine Groshek reports a case involving two illegally killed deer spawned the recovery of 11 unlawfully possessed firearms and more than 800 grams of marijuana.

Tioga County Game Warden Thomas Nelson reports seeing numerous large flocks of turkeys in the northern part of the county while on daily patrol.

Lycoming County Game Warden Harold Cole reports that, despite not seeing many turkeys over the summer, he has seen hens with a decent number of poults more recently. Cole states he is not sure where they were hiding.

Clearfield County Game Warden Mark Gritzer encountered a person baiting deer and elk on public property.

Elk County Game Warden Susan Edmiston reports prevalent baiting complaints this season, and many warnings issued for parked vehicles blocking gates.

Lycoming County Game Warden Andrew Butler advised if you are out hunting with your dogs, make sure to check them for ticks.

Lycoming County Game Warden Jonathan M. Wyant reports the recent apprehension of someone who was hunting even though their license was revoked. The suspect ran but was caught following a foot chase and now is likely to see six more years of license revocation.

Clearfield County Game Warden Kolton Mueller reports there have been increased illegal baiting reports.

Clearfield County Game Warden Thomas Henry reports individuals have been cited for feeding in a chronic wasting disease management area. 

Union County Game Warden Dirk Remensnyder reports an increase in crop damage complaints from farmers, which they attribute to the dry summer and the deer seeking moisture from crops.

SOUTHCENTRAL REGION
From the Game Commission

Bedford County Game Warden Brandon Pfister reports a Blair County woman has been found guilty of driving under the influence of a controlled substance, along with resisting arrest. She was sentenced to serve at least one year in prison, in addition to fines.

Snyder County Game Warden Austin Adams reports four people were charged with shooting at a furbearer from a vehicle, and one person was arrested for driving under the influence.

Franklin County Game Warden Philip Bietsch reports four Franklin County men were charged with various hunting violations when they were observed using their vehicles to locate and hunt squirrels. Additional charges included not wearing the required 250 square inches of fluorescent orange material and hunting with an unplugged shotgun.

Franklin County Game Warden Philip Bietsch reports numerous deer have been unlawfully shot after dark in the Mercersburg and Greencastle areas. The deer all were shot with a small-caliber bullet, consistent with a .22 caliber rifle. During one incident, a witness observed the suspects in a silver, gray or gold color small SUV, similar to a Honda CRV, flee the area after they shot a fawn. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Game Commission at 1-833-742-4868 (1-833- PGC-HUNT). A reward may be available for information leading to a conviction.

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