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Discussion Starter · #1 ·
Northwest Region

Butler County WCO Christopher J. Deal reports that this is the time of year to keep an eye open for visitors or uncommon residents in our state. “In the last week, I’ve seen bald and golden eagles, northern harriers, a goshawk and a merlin,” he said. “Some species mentioned do nest within the state borders, but many others visit as they pass through or hangout to avoid rougher weather in the north. It is always a pleasure to see one of these ‘non-resident hunters.’”

Crawford County WCO Mark A. Allegro spoke to a number of muzzleloader hunters who reported seeing a few large-racked bucks and a good number of deer overall during the post Christmas hunt.

Erie County WCO Michael A. Girosky stated that now is the time to start thinking about an HTE classes for new hunters. “Even though there were quite a few late classes last fall, I had some inquiries after all the classes were completed,” he said. “Spring is the best time to take a course so that you don’t have to rush to find a class in the fall.”

Erie County WCO Larry M. Smith reports that with the break in snow and ice conditions now would be a great time to get a little trapping done. “It’s a great way to help out farmers and landowners who may have wildlife complaints,” he said.

Forest County WCO Daniel P. Schmidt had two hearings in the first week of January and both defendants were found guilty. He also filed a citation on a man for disturbing the traps of legal trappers.

Jefferson County WCO Roger A. Hartless recently responded to a report of two individuals’ road hunting pheasants. “An individual operating a pickup truck dropped off a second individual along a public roadway where several pheasants were milling around less than 20 yards off the roadway,” he said. “The individual that got out of the pickup shot from the road while the operator of the truck drove off, returning a few minutes later to pick up the shooter. No pheasants were killed, although charges are pending for alighting and shooting at game while within 25 yards of the roadway and using a vehicle to hunt.”

Mercer County WCO Lawrence R. Hergenroeder reports recent winter storms haven’t deterred local trappers. “I received reports of several large beavers being taken,” he said. “Trappers are reminded to make sure identification tags are positioned above the waterline when setting traps.”

Mercer County WCO Lawrence R. Hergenroeder reports several cases were adjudicated from violations stemming from the past firearms deer season. Many of the violations included loaded firearms in vehicles, damage to property and illegal taking of big game.

Warren County WCO Dustin M. Stoner and his Deputy WCOs received several complaints concerning safety zone violations by trappers. “Trappers need to remember that the 150 yard safety zone distance applies not only to hunting with firearms, but to trapping as well,” he said.

Venango County WCO Ronda J. Bimber reports that violations continued into the late deer season. “One individual chose to shoot a deer out the window of his vehicle, with a 30-06, and in a safety zone,” he said. “It was a small button buck. I had to wonder if the deer was worth the possible $1,800 in fines.”

Mercer/Venango Counties LMGS Mario L. Piccirilli reports that his Food and Cover Corps crew’s old and worn-out tractors have been replaced with two new John Deere tractors to work on SGLs. “The new tractors will definitely be an advantage for the crews, as the old tractors were in constant need of repair with much downtime,” he said.

Mercer/Venango Counties LMGS Mario L. Piccirilli reports that the bald eagles are now returning to their nest site in preparation for this year’s breeding season. “The eagles can be seen routinely in the Shenango River Lake Area,” he said.

Mercer/Venango Counties LMGS Mario L. Piccirilli reports his Venango County Food and Cover Corps crew has been performing maintenance on equipment, in addition to upkeep and maintenance on SGL buildings.

Mercer/Venango Counties LMGS Mario L. Piccirilli reports his Mercer County Food and Cover Corps crew has been cleaning and maintaining wood duck boxes on SGLs, in addition to routine maintenance on equipment.

Crawford/Erie County LMGS Shayne A. Hoachlander participated in the mid-winter eagle survey.

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Discussion Starter · #2 ·
Southwest region

Allegheny County WCO Beth Fife reports on bald eagle sightings in the area. “I have often received numerous reports of sightings of bald eagles in my district, but had never seen one myself,” she said. “I had more sightings reports this year than last year. While patrolling on Jan. 5, I decided to go over into an area in Upper St. Clair. While driving past the old Mayview Hospital, I did a double take and tried not to wreck the car! There was a mature bald eagle flying west right down the valley.”

Allegheny County WCO Dan Puhala reports that a 315-pound male black bear was hit and killed by a motorist on Route 28 in Harrison Township recently. “This makes the second adult male bear killed in the same area over the past year,” he said. “The vicinity where the bears were hit is very close to the Pittsburgh Mills Mall where a young bear wondered into a Sears store that caused national media attention last summer.”

Beaver County WCO Matt Kramer reports that two Freedom area men were involved in the killing of a turkey during the first week of January. “The duo was driving down the road when they spotted a flock of turkeys in a field,” he said. “They parked their vehicle and walked into the field and shot three times into the flock of birds, killing one turkey. When a neighboring landowner approached them about their misdeeds, they tossed the turkey in the brush and left the area. Thanks to the information provided by the concerned landowner, we were able to track down the poachers and both admitted to the violations. Citations are pending.”

Cambria County WCO Shawn Harshaw reports that the bear harvest was down in Cambria County. “After deer season, I had a couple of bear complaints and numerous sightings,” he said. “Next year the bear numbers will remain high with complaints arriving daily. Hopefully, the harvest next season will increase.”

Fayette/Westmoreland Counties WCO Jason Farabaugh reports that a Mill Run man recently pled guilty to killing a 10-point buck with a rifle during archery season. The man also did not have a hunting license.

Fayette/Westmoreland Counties WCO Jason Farabaugh reports that numerous trapping violations have been encountered during the last month. “Violations include failure to check traps every 36 hours and setting traps with bait visible from the air,” he said. “Charges are pending in three separate cases.”

Fayette/Westmoreland Counties WCO Jason Farabaugh filed littering charges in a case involving the dumping of four deer carcasses in plastic bags. “A kill tag was discovered on one of the carcasses that led to the offender,” he said.

Fayette County WCO Brandon Bonin updates a previous report. “Earlier, I reported on a case involving a bear being killed in September, during closed season,” he said. “This has finally been adjudicated, and the individual that shot the bear pled guilty and fined $3,000, plus $1,500 in restitution, and five years loss of his hunting privileges. His friend, who took possession of the bear, was found guilty, and fined $1,000, and faces revocation of his hunting privileges for three years.”

Fayette County WCO Brandon Bonin reports that two separate individuals have pled guilty of taking deer that they did not have a license for. “Each person was fined $1,000, plus $800 in restitution, and each face loss of their hunting privileges for up to three years,” he said.

Fayette County WCO Brandon Bonin filed charges against two deer hunters. “The first harvested an antlerless deer on Dec. 1, but failed to tag the deer, and had his antlerless license in his possession when I field checked him on Dec. 26,” he said. “The second hunter was hunting with an in-line muzzleloader during the flintlock season.”

Fayette County WCO Brandon Bonin reports a charge is pending against a trapper for placing body-gripping traps outside an established watercourse.

Somerset County WCO Brian Witherite reports that with the snow fall the late flintlock season seemed very popular. “I saw numerous hunters out taking advantage of the tracking snow,” he said.

Somerset County WCO Brian Witherite reports that incidents involving road hunting were up this year. “Road hunting was such a problem that within one week, we cited two individuals multiple times for separate offenses of road hunting and shooting deer from a vehicle,” he said.

Washington County WCO Chris Bergman filed charges against a local man for unlawfully driving his truck on an SGL.

Washington County WCO Chris Bergman reports that some hunters continue to hunt the flintlock and extended antlerless deer seasons in WMU 2B, with the heaviest hunting pressure being in Forward Township, Allegheny County.

Westmoreland County WCO Matt Lucas reports two individuals pled guilty to taking antlered deer through the use of a bait in South Huntingdon Township. “Detailed information received through the Turn in a Poacher (TIP Hotline) led us to the violators,” he said.

Westmoreland County WCO Matt Lucas charged an individual with taking an antlerless deer unlawfully in Hempfield Township. “The deer was located from a vehicle and the shooter shot from the roadway after alighting from the vehicle, killing the deer,” he said.

Westmoreland County WCO Brian Singer reports many trappers, as well as local fur buyers, are reporting a low harvest of furbearers. “I have spoken with several local individuals who have said that the raccoon, muskrat, fox, and coyote harvest has been down compared to previous years,” he said. “This will increase the value of your pelts if you were lucky enough to harvest any of these species. Proper handling may net you a good price for prime pelts. Contact your local fur buyer or trappers association for more information on pelt handling.”

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Discussion Starter · #3 ·
Northcentral Region

Cameron/Clearfield Counties LMGS Colleen M. Shannon, while on routine patrol during the fall hunting seasons, had two occasions where she observed a vehicle whose occupants appeared to be road hunting. “In the first case, after observing the vehicle for 3.2 miles, the driver alighted and shot at turkeys on the roadway,” she said. “In the second case, during rifle deer season, I was able to observe a rifle barrel come out the passenger side window and witnessed the shot being fired from the truck at a deer. This behavior is unsafe, unethical, and just plain greedy. It also is costly when the offenders are caught.”

Lycoming County WCO Harold Cole said, if you know of anyone, young or old, that is interested in getting involved in hunting or trapping, please encourage them to take their basic HTE class now. “There were a few people that told me that they knew someone that had a very hard time finding a class,” he said. “This is mostly because they waited too long and the classed filled up. We have several classes earlier in the year that are only half full. Ask them to plan ahead.”

As soon as the weather starts to warm up, the wildlife will start to move around. Be sure to remove any possible food sources so the wildlife isn’t “trained” to come into houses for food. This is how many of the wildlife issues that people call the Game Commission on are started

Potter/Tioga Counties LMGS Denise H. Mitcheltree said, for the first time in several years, there was enough snowfall for the late muzzleloader season that the parking lots required snow removal. “Luckily, the snow was a powdery texture and several of the more heavily used parking lots were cleared within a day or two of the storms,” she said.

Potter/Tioga Counties LMGS Denise H. Mitcheltree said heavy, powdery snowfall has restricted wildlife movement quite a bit in the mountains over the last few weeks. “Yesterday was the first time that I observed deer tracks and turkey tracts for nearly two full weeks,” she said. “In some areas, the snow measures 14 inches of powder.”

Lycoming County WCO Jonathan M. Wyant said, if you like to judge the amount of game by the tracks left in the snow, there are lots of deer and turkey’s left in the woods.

Lycoming County WCO Kristoffer A. Krebs had the opportunity to check a number of successful hunters during the past fall. “There were a number of good bucks taken in the district and hunters in Lycoming county had a safe and successful fall hunting season,” he said.

Lycoming County WCO Kristoffer A. Krebs, through the fall hunting seasons, encountered a number of violations that involved individuals who purchased hunting licenses without completing a basic HTE course. “I would remind folks that hunter education is required by law and purchasing a license without first completing the course is unlawful,” he said. “A number of these folk’s harvested deer and bear during the hunting seasons, which means that these animals were unlawfully taken, as the hunting licenses were not valid.”

Lycoming/Union Counties LMGS Thomas M. Smith said the third phase of the woodcock habitat project started on SGL 252 with the overstory removal of 237 acres of timber. “This canopy removal will allow sunlight to reach the ground and stimulate the growth of desirable native shrub species such as dogwoods, alders, and willows,” he said. “The previously dominate undesirable invasives species - multiflora rose, autumn olive and honeysuckle - have been mowed and herbicided over the past few seasons in an effort to remove them from the understory.”

Elk/McKean Counties LMGS John P. Dzemyan said illegally-killed or road-killed deer are disposed of on SGL 62. “In recent years, bald and golden eagles have increased in numbers to feed on the remains of these animals,” he said. “As of Jan. 7, there are six eagles feeding on deer carcasses there. Last year, we had ten eagles there at one time, along with red-tailed hawks, ravens and other scavengers.”

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Discussion Starter · #4 ·
Southcentral Region

Juniata/Mifflin/Perry/Snyder Counties LMGS Steven Bernardi reported that an adjacent property owner recently was warned for having placed “NO TRESPASSING” signs on an access road to SGL 88 in Juniata County. “The Game Commission has legal right-of-way on this particular road,” he said. “Placing private property signs on Game Commission property is a violation of the Game and Wildlife Code.”

York County WCO Greg Graham reports that firearms deer season resulted in many violations detected and a corresponding number of citations issued. “The season, fortunately, passed without any serious injuries to hunters or non-hunters,” he said.

York County WCO Greg Graham reports compliance with the Executive Order for Chronic Wasting Disease was excellent in his district. “Only a few cases were reported of deer harvested within the Disease Management Area taken outside of the DMA,” he said. “Through the cooperation of hunters, CWD may be contained within the DMA.”

York County WCO Greg Graham and his Deputy WCOs conducted deer decoy operations in the district and were successful in apprehending an individual for road hunting. Continued use of the decoy will hopefully curb this unsportsmanlike, unsafe and unlawful activity.

York County WCO Greg Graham reports that duck hunters are having average success on Lake Marburg. “Most of the bag consists of diving ducks but there are a few puddlers around as well,” he said. “Hunting shortly after a cold front is your best bet for success. Canada goose numbers are good throughout the district.”

Cumberland County WCO John Fetchkan and his Deputy WCOs in Cumberland and Franklin counties did an outstanding job in handling the many incidents and violations in deer season. “It seemed this year had many more violations reported and encountered than previous years,” he said.

Fulton County WCO Kevin Mountz reports that, in mid December, Deputy WCOs Robert Strait and James Fittry conducted a vehicle stop on a pick-up truck that was spotlighting after hours near Burnt Cabins. “Two Huntingdon County actors had a loaded .270 rifle covered by a garment between the front seats,” he said. “There were fresh deer parts and visible blood in the bed. After a written statement was taken, the driver revealed that they missed a doe and killed a six-point buck three nights before during the same criminal episode near the same location. Multiple game law charges, including four misdemeanor counts, are pending.”

Snyder County WCO Harold Malehorn filed charges on three individuals recently. “One of the three shot a bear and did not have a bear license,” he said. “Another put his tag on it and a third helped them get the bear out of the woods and transport it. There is another investigation I’m working on that stemmed from this incident.”

WCO Harold Malehorn of Snyder County submitted the following statistics from his 2012 activities: information and education hours completed, 301; sportsmen club meetings attended, 15; HTE courses held, 11 (1 cancelled due to low registration); students certified in HTE courses held, 227; cable restraint classes held, 1; students certified in cable restraint, 24. As for law enforcement actions, incidents handled that were reported to Southcentral Region Office (including nuisance wildlife, violations, road-killed deer, etc.), 342; citations finalized, 50 (including some from 2011); citations issued in 2012, 76 (some cases still open); citations pending, 38; guilty verdicts, 48; not guilty verdicts, 2; written/verbal warnings issued, 75; fines collected, $7,025; and mistake kills reported, 15 deer and 7 turkeys.

Adams County WCO Darren David said a concerned citizen-sportsman reported a road-hunting incident in Menallen Township during the last week of the regular deer season, and obtained the offender’s license plate number. “While investigating the matter, not only did I find evidence at the suspect’s home that confirmed the report, but while there I uncovered yet another unlawfully taken deer shot from the road, from a different day and involving another suspect,” he said. “Both of them eventually confessed. Thanks to the witness’ decisive actions, multiple charges will be filed against the two suspects, which will involve thousands in fines as well as revocation of their hunting privileges.”

Adams County WCO Darren David, while investigating an unrelated violation in Letterkenny Township in Franklin County on the last Saturday of the regular deer season, saw a vehicle parked along a roadway. “After first discovering a loaded rifle in the vehicle, the occupant was soon arrested for both hunting and driving under the influence of alcohol,” he said.

Adams County WCO Darren David has never had so many violations of loaded firearms in vehicles until this past firearm season for deer.

Perry County WCO Steve Hower cited two individuals for a recent incident involving hunting through the use of a vehicle. “One of the men also was charged with trespassing and the unlawful killing of a deer after he shot the deer and then entered posted property,” he said. “Once they realized they had been seen by a witness they fled the area, leaving the deer behind.”

York County WCO Kyle Jury cited two individuals from Wellsville after they posted a deer on Facebook that was taken through the use of hand thrown spears. “Both individuals, as well as another person involved, have been charged with Unlawful Taking or Possession of Game or Wildlife, Prohibited Devices and Methods, as well as Unlawful Acts Concerning Licenses,” he said. “The deer was killed with two spears just outside of Dillsburg, on Dec. 28, and confiscated by the Game Commission the next day. Spears are not a legal hunting device in the state of Pennsylvania.”

York County WCO Shawn Musser filed charges against an individual who fell from his treestand. “It was found that the ‘hunter’ was hunting during the last few days of archery season with a rifle,” he said. “The individual did not have a current hunting license for the past two years and, to top it off, his blood alcohol content was twice the legal limit. He also admitted to shooting at two deer while he was in his treestand.”

York County WCO Shawn Musser cited for road hunting. “He was driving along, saw a group of deer cross the road in front of him, so he stopped his vehicle got out and began to hunt them, while in his shirt, tie and loafers,” he said. “The individual followed the deer into a grassy area and shot. His problems got even bigger when a homeowner came out to question him about shooting within about 75 feet of their house. When officers arrived, he was found to be in five different safety zones, did not have an antlerless tag, was trespassing in addition to his road hunting and not having the proper license. To make it worse, when questioned about previous violations, he lied about that as well.”

Bedford County WCO Jeremy Coughenour checked several deer in Bedford County that had the previous year’s tag attached. “On purpose or by mistake, this is a violation,” he said. “Hunters should not be carrying old licenses with them to prevent tagging their deer with the improper one.”

Adams County WCO Kevin Anderson is investigating a case in which a home was struck with a bullet in early December. “The homeowner was sitting in his living room when a bullet came through the front window, went through the head rest of another couch and came to rest in the wall,” he said. “During an interview with the homeowner, it was learned that his wife normally sits on section the couch that bullet went through. Luckily, she was not home at the time. A suspect has been identified; a rifle was subsequently seized and is waiting ballistic testing at the PSP forensic lab.”

Bedford County WCO Chris Skipper reports the most common violation encountered during the rifle deer season was failure to wear the proper amount of orange.

Cumberland County WCO Tim Wenrich reports that additional cases have been adjudicated from the hunting seasons, including unlawfully taken deer, hunting through the use of bait, hunting in a safety zone, spotlighting violations and SGL and shooting range violations.

Cumberland County WCO Tim Wenrich reports that bear complaints continued until the week of Christmas, including damage to beehives in Wheatfield Township, Perry County. “Hopefully the change in weather will reduce their activity until spring,” he said.

Cumberland County WCO Tim Wenrich reports that HTE classes are being planned and scheduled for the year. “Scheduling is being built around the new six-hour course curriculum,” he said. “There will be a class at the Carlisle Fairgrounds in September, during an Outdoor Show, being hosted at the fairgrounds.”

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Discussion Starter · #5 ·
Northeast Region

Carbon/Luzerne/Monroe Counties LMGS Mike Beahm reports the Food and Cover crew in Carbon County has been busy on SGL 141, Broad Mountain, cutting five acres of browse and day-lighting roads along the fire tower road. “They will be moving over to the Unionville side to cut a larger 21 acre block that will promote aspen regeneration,” he said. “The crew reported seeing lots of deer sign taking advantage of the fresh browse.”

Carbon/Luzerne/Monroe Counties LMGS Mike Beahm reports Food and Cover Crews in Monroe County have been continuing their effort to open up interior roads on SGL 127 near Tobyhanna. “Much of this work had to cease in the 1980s because this SGL was old artillery range during WWI and WWII, and there were unexploded shells on the property. The Game Commission worked with DEP and the Army Corp of Engineers to hire a contractor to remediate the existing hazards. As this work continues it will open up the door to many new habitat projects that have been halted for many years.”

Northumberland County WCO Jason Kelley urges hunters to respect landowners before, during and after the hunt. “Please discard of animal carcasses in the proper manner and do not drag your carcass somewhere and dump it on someone else’s property,” he said. “This creates a distain for hunters from land owners.”

Wayne County WCO James McCarthy reports that a Simpson man faces several charges after he shot an antlerless deer on the last day of the regular deer season without having a valid antlerless deer permit. The deer was found in the basement of his house in the process of being butchered.

Columbia County WCO John A. Morack recently cited an individual for unlawfully failing to report taking possession of a road-kill deer. Fines and costs for taking a road-kill deer without securing a permit to do so totaled $169.

Wyoming County WCO Victor Rosa said reports of night-time shooting were down, although the incidents of unlawfully taking of deer have risen. “While the penalties used as a deterrent have increased, some individuals still feel the need to just go out and shoot something,” he said. “Involvement in the public is vitally important in apprehending these individuals and stopping this type of unlawful activity.”

Bradford County WCO Joe Wenzel reports that night-time deer poaching incidents continue to occur, even after the rifle deer season. “One incident occurred late at night following the last day of the rifle season,” he said. “Homeowners confronted four teenagers while they spotlighted a field next to their home well after legal spotlighting hours. A dead doe was found gut shot the following morning in the field where the teens were confronted. In another incident, which occurred in the same township, two different homeowners were awakened by what they thought to be rifle shots. Upon investigating, they saw someone spotlighting from a truck by their homes in the early morning hours. Fortunately, one of the homeowners was vigilant enough to get a license plate number. Neighboring Tioga County WCO WCO Rob Minnich has had similar incidents on our border, and we are aggressively investigating and patrolling this area.”

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Discussion Starter · #6 ·
Southeast region

Bucks County WCO John Papson reports that the late deer season is slowly drawing to a close. “The regular deer season was successful with some nice bucks being taken, but from what I’m seeing, there are still plenty running around,” he said. “We have been successful with numerous prosecutions ranging from unplugged shotguns for small game, to unlawfully taken deer.”

Lancaster County WCO Greg Graham reports that small numbers of snow geese have been showing up and then leaving the Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area, only staying for short periods of time. “Weather conditions greatly affect the snow goose migration,” he said. “Cold temperatures, frozen impoundments and lakes, winter storms and warm southwesterly winds all determine the numbers of snow geese that will utilize MCWMA as a stopover during the northward migration. Hunters should pay close attention to weather reports from the south to help schedule their hunting excursions for snows. And, be sure to obtain the necessary Conservation Stamp for the late season.”

Lancaster County WCO Greg Graham reports that bald eagle activity will soon be evident as the birds return to the area for nesting. “There are four known active nests within the district offering viewing opportunities,” he said. “Remember to respect the fragile buffer zone surrounding these nests by not approaching and disturbing the nesting pair.”

Lancaster County WCO Greg Graham reports that late season coyote and fox hunting is still good in his district. “Cold, still nights offer the best opportunities,” he said. “Remember to be sure to ask permission to hunt on private property and respect safety zones.”

Lebanon County WCO Michael J. Reeder received a call on Christmas night from State Police-Jonestown about two deer that had just been shot. “I responded and found that two deer were shot from a vehicle around 8 p.m.,” he said. “A witness was able to obtain a vehicle plate number and we were able to solve this Christmas day killing. Charges are pending against the individuals.”

Montgomery County WCO Raymond Madden reports that charges have been filed in district court for a case that occurred the Monday after deer season closed. “An individual was found to be in possession of two unlawful deer, one of which was shot with a .22 rifle,” he said.

Montgomery County WCO Raymond Madden reports that on Christmas Eve day a report came in about a group of individuals who had just shot two wild turkeys out of season on an SGL. “Thanks to assistance from Deputy WCOs and the local police, as well as concerned citizens who witnessed the event, these individuals were found and citations have been filed for the unlawful taking of big game out of season,” he said.

Northampton County WCO Brad Kreider reports that Canada goose hunters are definitely on the increase, as well as the number of snow goose hunters. “Officers field checking waterfowl hunters are seeing many more hunters from outside the valley hauling trailer loads of decoys to field hunt the snows and Canadas,” he said.

Northampton County WCO Brad Kreider reports that officers from the county will be helping Dr. Brandes from Lafayette College conduct a second year study relative to golden eagles that may winter along the Delaware River corridor.

Schuylkill County WCO Kevin Clouser reports citations were filed on a group of hunters that harvested deer, using shotguns in place of muzzleloaders.

Chester/Lancaster/York Counties LMGS Linda Swank said her Food and Cover Corps crews are working on SGL boundary lines this time of year. “It takes many hours to walk the boundary line, mark the trees, apply boundary tags and mark corner and line markers,” she said. “The crews also are doing border cuts, pruning fruit trees and depending on weather, working on cleaning out wildlife nesting boxes to prepare for the next season of wildlife renewal.”

Bucks/Lehigh/Montgomery/Northampton Counties LMGS Dave Mitchell reports that work is underway on two wintertime projects in his group. “We are removing three hedgerows on SGL 234 to increase the field size to encourage their use by geese,” he said. “We also started cutting a 130 acre block on SGL 217 to create browse and future seedling/sapling habitat.”

Environmental Education Specialist Bert Myers reports that, on Jan. 7, Game Commission personnel conducted the annual mid-winter waterfowl survey at Middle Creek WMA. The results included more than 4,000 Canada geese, 1,300 tundra swans, 600 black ducks and 200 mallards. Other duck species identified included northern shovelers, pintails, ruddy ducks, green-winged teal, gadwall, and mergansers. “An unexpected bonus was the 13 bald eagles seen on the lake,” he said.

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Pretty cool, I always like reading those. I was pretty shocked to see that my college roommate from freshman year at Shippensburg is now a WCO in Lycoming County. Our cabin is up there so who knows, maybe I'll run into Kris sometime in the future.
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