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<span style="font-weight: bold">Northwest Region Field Report - December 7, 2012</span>

Butler County WCO Christopher J. Deal reports that citations are pending for unlawful possession of wildlife or their parts in the county this past month. “Citizens are reminded to check local, state and/or federal laws before picking their newest pet or buying ornaments for personal display,” he said. “In many cases, possessing the feathers of a bird is just as illegal as possessing the entire live bird. For those that live near the border of a neighboring state, remember that in many instances it may be legal to sell an animal in one state, but illegal to possess it when you get home to Pennsylvania.”

Butler County WCO Randy W. Pilarcik said he expected to find record numbers of deer hunters out during the warmer weather, but in reality, he and his Deputy WCOs saw fewer hunters than in previous years. “This wasn’t for the lack of deer though,” he said. “On a recent night patrol, I saw more than 100 deer in adjacent fields while driving along the district roadways.”

Clarion County WCO Steven J. Ace reports this was a stellar bear season for Clarion County. “Although the state numbers were down this year, the county number was up considerably,” he said. “A preliminary report shows 74 bears were taken in Clarion County. Depending on where the final tallies fall, this could be a record kill for the county.”

Crawford County WCO Jacob J. Olexsak cited a number of people on the opening day of duck season for license violations, including three individuals hunting without a federal duck stamp and a non-resident hunting without a general hunting license.

Crawford County WCO Jacob J. Olexsak filed citations on an individual for shooting an antlered deer with a rifle in archery season. “The subject took the deer on state park property and was witnessed by other hunters in the area,” he said.

Crawford County WCO Jacob J. Olexsak issued a citation for an individual possessing four wood ducks over the limit on the opening day of the season this year.

<span style="font-weight: bold">Erie County WCO Michael A. Girosky said the computerized license system is working well. “An individual went into the district judge to pay his fine that he had not paid since 2002,” he said. “Earlier, when he tried to purchase a hunting license, he found that he was on revocation for non-payment.”</span>

Erie County WCO Larry M. Smith and WCO Cadet Michael Yeck noticed a sharp increase in the use of bait for hunting purposes this fall. “The areas were posted closed to hunting and impacted a lot of hunters,” WCO Smith said.

<span style="font-weight: bold">Jefferson County WCO Roger A. Hartless and WCO Cadet Salvadore Zaffuto, while patrolling a large cooperator property north of Brookville, were conducting field checks on the first day of rifle bear season. “While talking to a group of hunters, one of the individuals mentioned about the time he served in Joint Base Balad, Iraq,” WCO Hartless said. “WCO Cadet Zaffuto further questioned the hunter and came to find out they both served at the same base in Iraq during the exact same time. To think you are so far away from home and to run into another random individual who served at the same time and place, while on a routine field check. What are the chances?”</span>

<span style="font-weight: bold">Jefferson County WCO Andrew D. Troutman recently apprehended two individuals for shooting a buck out of season with a spotlight. “When stopped, three guns were found in the truck: a shotgun with three rounds in the magazine, a .300 Weatherby Magnum loaded with two rounds in the magazine, and a .204 Ruger with the empty (that killed the buck) still in the chamber,” he said. “The duo tried to say they were out hunting coyotes except the driver was wearing just a T-shirt and was without a coat. Was it mentioned the weather was 36 degrees and raining? Thank you goes out to the concerned citizen who called in the information!” </span>

Mercer County WCO Donald G. Chaybin reports that homes in South Pymatuning and Hempfield townships were struck by rifle bullets during the first week of deer season. “The home in South Pymatuning had a projectile pass through the front living room window and lodge in an interior wall,” he said. “In this case, the hunter fired two rounds at deer with a 45-70 at a distance of more than 650 yards and the bullet crossed the road just before striking the residence. The irresponsible hunter was identified and has already made restitution for the damages, but still faces several charges for the violation.

The Hempfield Township incident had a bullet strike an outside corner of the home and pass through a kitchen cabinet traveling across the dining room where it damaged a half dozen ornaments on the Christmas tree before hitting a wall. The projectile was recovered and the line of fire was determined. This incident still is under investigation with Game Commission officers and the Hempfield Township Police both pursuing leads in this shooting.”

<span style="font-weight: bold">Mercer County WCO Lawrence R. Hergenroeder said several properties have been enrolled in the Hunter Access Program over the past few months. “Hunters are encouraged to seek permission to hunt these properties as restrictions for certain species of game are listed for those participating in the program,” he said.</span>

<span style="font-weight: bold">Crawford/Erie Counties LMGS Shayne A. Hoachlander recently worked on a case with Deputy WCO Cory Turben and the New York Department of Environmental Conservation that resulted in tracking down two people that each shot a buck in Pennsylvania that did not meet the antler restrictions. “Neither hunter had a Pennsylvania hunting license, and they transported the deer back to New York, which is a violation of New York law,” he said. “Aside from the fact that the deer were illegally taken, New York does not permit the importation of whole deer from states that have confirmed CWD within their state, even it if is just in a captive deer herd.”</span>

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<span style="font-weight: bold">Southwest Field Officer Report - December 7, 2012</span>

Allegheny County WCO Beth Fife said the recently held <span style="font-weight: bold">a mid-November HTE class was successful thanks to John Trkula, Lee Averbeck, Kris Kastronis, Doug Dunkerley, Mat Carver, and Rege Denne. “They gave up two hunting days to help certify 62 new hunters,” she said.</span>

Allegheny County WCO Dan Puhala reports that Game Law and municipal ordinance charges recently were filed on a local individual. “A number of processed deer carcasses were reported to and found by the Indiana Township Police Department along with a number of trash bags on a township road,” he said. “The local police contacted me and, upon investigation, information was found leading to the individual who dumped the deer carcasses. Three deer remains were found on the scene – two were legally harvested and one was illegally taken and processed. I filed charges for the illegal deer, and the Indiana Township Police Department filed dumping charges.”

<span style="font-weight: bold">Armstrong County WCO Rod Burns and WCO Cadet Jesse Bish assisted an excited Brady Duncan from Rural Valley with a large male black bear that he harvested near Dayton. “We guessed the weight of the bear at nearly 400 pounds before we lifted it in the truck and several tons after we were done,” he said. “Congratulations to Brady.”</span>

Armstrong County WCO Rod Burns and his Deputy WCOs recently cited two men for driving around with a spotlight trying to kill a coyote. “Coyote hunting is a real challenge for hunters who try to call them in,” he said. “However, driving around with spotlights and loaded rifles and shooting off the roadways is illegal, unethical, unsafe and costly for those who get caught like these two violators.”

WCO Cadet Jesse Bish, while on assignment with Armstrong County WCO Rodney Burns, reports that although night violations such as spotlighting violations, closed road violations and unlawfully taken big game was present in the county, overall night activity was not as prevalent this fall.

Armstrong/Indiana Counties LMGS Art Hamley said, on the Saturday prior to rifle deer season, he spotted three eagles soaring over the confluence of Crooked Creek and the Allegheny River near Rosston in Armstrong County. “I get to fish the middle-upper Allegheny River fairly frequently, so these sightings were not a real surprise as they have become much more common in recent years,” he said. “Their increasing frequency however, does nothing to detract from the thrill I get each time I see one.”

Beaver County WCO Matt Kramer reports there have been multiple sightings of bald eagles at Big Rock Park in New Brighton. “The eagles have been seen on numerous occasions and by several people,” he said.

Beaver County WCO Matt Kramer reports that there are several areas of Raccoon Creek State Park that are closed to hunting. “These areas are usually near camping areas, pavilions and buildings,” he said. “Please read the posted signage that will direct hunters to area where hunting is permitted.”

WCO Cadet Bryan Mowrer, currently working with WCO Shawn Harshaw in Cambria County, reports a surprising low number of bear hunters being checked on the first day. “Hunters in the field even stated that there was a significant decrease in the amount of people compared to years past,” he said. “Some say the weather was too warm to bring the usual numbers of people, and some told us that they did their homework and there was just no food around for the bear numbers to be high. Along with the bears having no food, the hunters are not seeing deer like they have in years past. Many get frustrated but some are successful and enjoy telling their story. We met a man that harvested a 250-pound bear the first day and was very happy about it, other than the mange on its face made it not able to be mounted, but he was still very excited to be able to use that ear tag!”

<span style="font-weight: bold">Cambria County WCO Seth Mesoras, while patrolling during bear season, noticed significantly fewer hunters in the area compared to the previous year. “This lack of hunting pressure led to a very light harvest and will probably lead to a good deal of bear complaints for next year,” he said.</span>

Cambria/Indiana Counties LMGS Dan Yahner reports that the habitat improvement projects in SGLs 262 and 174 in Indiana County seem to be paying dividends. “On SGL 262 the small game hunters were successful on rabbits and the stocked pheasants,” he said. “Also, some natural reproduction of pheasants was observed over the summer on this game land. On SGL 174, the forestry select cuts and prescribed burns, along with the cultivated food plots resulted in an abundance of turkeys and many deer were seen harvested.”

Fayette County WCO Brandon Bonin reports seven bear were killed during the archery bear season in his district. “Two of these bear are currently under investigation for being shot in a baited area,” he said.

<span style="font-weight: bold">Fayette County WCO Brandon Bonin said several charges are pending against hunters from the bear seasons and into the firearms deer season for hunting in baited areas. “One hunter said he had been hunting over a mineral block for the past 18 seasons,” he said.</span>

Fayette County WCO Brandon Bonin said charges are pending against a West Virginia hunter who shot an eight-point buck in Pennsylvania on the first day of the West Virginia deer season, which opens before Pennsylvania’s firearms deer season. “The hunter gave a written statement that he knew he was hunting in Pennsylvania,” he said.

Fayette/Westmoreland Counties WCO Jason Farabaugh said the first day of deer season saw an average number of hunters in the field. Violations encountered included hunting over bait, acquiring hunting licenses without hunter education certification, safety zone infractions, failure to possess additional identification, and countless unsigned antlerless licenses in possession.

Fayette/Westmoreland Counties WCO Jason Farabaugh said charges recently were adjudicated included interference/resistance with officers, late spotlighting, spotlighting with firearms in the vehicle, and fluorescent orange violations.

Greene County WCO Randy Crago reports that 50 students were certified at an HTE class held at the Bobtown Rod and Gun Club, and another 80 students were certified at the Jefferson Volunteer Fire Department.

Greene County WCO Randy Crago reports that three West Virginia men were caught attempting to shoot deer at night. “A Greene County landowner heard shots from one of his fields and went to investigate,” he said. “He discovered the three men and immediately called Deputy WCO Bud Vanata who then called me before heading to the scene. The three men quickly admitted to what they were doing. Charges are pending.”

Greene County WCO Randy Crago said recent two-day enforcement detail was done on the rifle range at SGL 223 due to increased abuse of the facility. “Four citations were issued along with numerous warnings,” he said.

WCO Cadet Brian Sheetz, while on field assignment with Indiana County WCO Patrick Snickles, reports on baiting violations encountered. “On the first day of the statewide firearms deer season several citations were filed for unlawful devices and methods where the hunters were using salt blocks as enticements for deer,” he said.

WCO Cadet Brian Sheetz, while on field assignment with Indiana County WCO Patrick Snickles, thanks all the concerned citizens that called in about game law infractions during bear and deer seasons. “A lot of those tips lead to citations being filed for various violations, some of which included riding ATVs on SGLs, untagged deer and using bait as an attractant,” he said.

Westmoreland County WCO Matt Lucas, during an investigation of a fox taken out of season in Belle Vernon, uncovered two deer taken unlawfully. “One antlered deer was taken through the use of a mineral or salt substance and one antlerless deer was taken without having the proper license,” he said. “The individual is facing minimum fines of $1,650.”

<span style="font-weight: bold">WCO Cadet Byron Gibbs, currently on field assignment with Westmoreland County WCO Matthew Lucas, reports that while patrolling in the district, they found what appeared to be a road-killed deer about 20 yards from the road. “We decided to examine the doe to determine if there was any foul play,” he said. “We found a poorly placed shot from what seemed to be a small caliber center-fire rifle. Throughout the following few days, we found four additional deer with the same wounds near the sides of roads in the area. We do have a description of the poachers. If anyone sees a small light colored car, with two young men, driving suspiciously in that area, please get the best description possible, including a license plate number and call the Southwest Region Office at 724-238-9523.”</span>

<span style="font-weight: bold">WCO Cadet Pat Cull, while on assignment with Westmoreland County WCO Brian Singer, sadi two raccoon hunters recently were cited. “Charges were filed for an incident involving shooting into a safety zone and shooting directly in the direction of officers investigating their activities,” he said. “The two could be charged with shooting at human beings for firing in the immediate vicinity of us and officers from the Ligonier Township Police Department. The rounds went past officers and directly into a safety zone nearby. The hunters claimed to not know anyone was there despite having vehicle lights and spotlights turned on from two patrol cars. The pair also claimed that they were shooting at raccoons and not officers.”</span>

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<span style="font-weight: bold">Northcentral Field Officer Report - December 7, 2012</span>

Union County WCO Dirk B. Remensnyder cited two individuals for locating a bear from their vehicle and stopping and shooting at it from the roadway.

Elk County Doty A. McDowell said November is like a blur on Dec. 1. “This is the month that sees most of the big game seasons like, turkey, bear, elk and deer,” he said. These seasons can not only be riddled with many violations, but it requires the WCO to spend most days from sun up to sun down in the vehicle and on foot patrolling. This is the first year that I had a computer in my vehicle and I will say that I have been able to keep up with the emails and paperwork much more efficiently. In the past, office work had to wait until dark and you arrived back home. Now I am able to keep up during the day.”

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Centre County WCO Dan Murray cited a hunter with a bull elk tag for killing a cow elk and not tagging, reporting or retrieving it. Several charges have been filed.</span>

Centre County WCO Dan Murray cited several individuals for locating game by vehicle, loaded firearms in vehicles, and shooting on or across highways when they were caught road hunting.

Centre County WCO Dan Murray cited several individuals for having loaded firearms in vehicles.

Centre County WCO Dan Murray cited several individuals for hunting in baited areas.

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Centre County WCO Dan Murray said several junior hunters were found to be hunting unaccompanied. “Once found, the adults were cited,” he said.</span>

Centre County WCO Dan Murray cited several people for not filling out and attaching big game kill tags to their deer or bear.

Potter County WCO William C. Ragosta has been busy with a myriad of investigations from the recent hunting seasons, including, but not limited to baiting violations, unlawfully taken deer and a case of a mink and muskrat trapper who was getting the jump on all the other trappers by setting up his mink sets several weeks early.

<span style="font-weight: bold">Tioga County WCO Robert F. Minnich </span>said the main hunting seasons are upon us and things are getting busier. “Hunters are getting some nice deer now that the rut has started and looks like it will go into the rifle season,” he said. “Some very nice bucks are being checked in at big buck contests and taxidermists. Butchers are reporting an average kill based upon what they are getting in. <span style="font-weight: bold">I have seen some of the largest buck I have ever seen or checked.”</span>

Tioga County WCO Robert F. Minnich said a lot of nice bear were taken in the area, and he checked several cinnamon phase bear this year. “This year appears to be an average harvest after several record years,” he said.

Lycoming/Union Counties LMGS Thomas M. Smith said, on Nov. 15, a wild fire burned 50 acres of Lycoming County’s SGL 75 at the intersection of Route 287 and Lick Run Road. The fire started at about 3:15 p.m. from a hot ember emitted from a diesel truck’s exhaust and was extinguished by 10:30 p.m. the same day. “Firefighters responded from the Liberty, Morris, and Wellsboro fire departments, DCNR’s Tiadaghton State Forest and the Game Commission,” he said. “The fire burned only the surface leaf litter and there was no timber damage.”

Cameron County WCO Wayne A. Hunt cited an individual for hunting and killing an elk within two safety zones. “The citations resulted in the forfeiture of the antlerless elk harvested, as well as the fines for the two violations,” he said.

McKean County WCO Tom Sabolcik recently cited two trappers for setting traps near bait visible from the air. “The trappers had placed traps near the skinned out carcasses of foxes, raccoons and opossums,” he said. “The case began when an archer scouting for deer in Otto Township discovered a red-tailed hawk in a foothold trap and called the Game Commission. The hawk was released, but later died of its wounds. While scouring the area for the bait, it was discovered that an additional three traps were placed near the bait. Additional traps were discovered with animal parts visible in the area. The trappers were apprehended the next day when they came back to the area and began to reset the traps which had been set off to avoid any additional hawks or owls from being trapped. Charges have been filed along with numerous written warnings.”

<span style="font-weight: bold">McKean County WCO Tom Sabolcik recently had a hearing scheduled for three people caught operating ATVs on a Seneca Resource Property, which has nearly 100,000 acres open to public hunting through the agency’s Hunter Access Program. “Although all three were found guilty, it was somewhat apparent that the defendants did not appreciate the fact that Seneca allowed all forms of recreation on their property, but - for reasons of liability and vandalism - they did not want ATVs running amuck,” he said. “One defendant asked how was he to pay a $160 fine when he was making payments on his $10,000 ATV.”</span>

McKean County WCO Tom Sabolcik is investigating illegal activity on SGL 59 in Potter County. “A party was held over the Labor Day weekend where a truck was burned and another truck was totaled by a drunken driver,” he said. “Most of the responsible parties have been identified and will be interviewed when they return from college and the appropiate charges will be filed.”

Lycoming County WCO Harold Cole reminded hunters to submit harvest reports for any deer, turkey, bobcats or fishers harvested this year. “This information helps the biologist give recommendations to the Board of Commissioners,” he said. “Also, remind your family and friends to send in their cards, too.”

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<span style="font-weight: bold">Southcentral Field Officer Report - December 7, 2012</span>

<span style="font-weight: bold">Adams County WCO Kevin Anderson reports hunting violations have spiked since the beginning of rifle deer season, and the most common violation being reported is safety zone violations. “Many investigations have yielded citations for hunting within the home’s 150 yard safety area,” he said. “Hunters are encouraged to be sure they are at least 150 yards from a home if they do not have permission from the current occupant of the home.”</span>

<span style="font-weight: bold">Adams County WCO Darren David filed charges on two men for offenses committed during the first week of the regular deer season. “One brought in a protected deer to the CWD check station claiming it was a mistake kill, but his story did not make sense,” he said.<span style="text-decoration: underline"> “The other had a loaded rifle mounted on a bipod on top of the trunk of his car.</span> Both did not know their actions were unlawful because neither were ever certified in the required HTE course before purchasing their licenses.”</span>

<span style="font-weight: bold">Adams County WCO Darren David was on a well-traveled roadway during the regular firearms deer season and discovered a man wearing no fluorescent orange, sitting directly below the road’s guardrails holding a loaded rifle. “Around him were several beer cans, some full and some empty,” he said. “Although it was determined he was not yet intoxicated, he is facing charges for not displaying the required fluorescent orange and littering.”</span>

Bedford County WCO Jeremy Coughenour checked several deer in Bedford County with previous years’ deer tags in the ear. “On purpose or by mistake, this is a violation,” he said. “Hunters should not be carrying old licenses with them to help prevent any mix up in tagging their deer with the correct tag.”

Bedford County WCO Chris Skipper reports opening day of rifle deer season produced arrests for baiting, loaded guns in vehicles, orange violations and untagged deer.

Mifflin County WCO Jeff Mock reports three Lewistown residents are facing multiple charges related to poaching deer, spotlighting after 11 p.m. and spotlighting with a gun in the car. “The investigation was initiated after a domestic disturbance call that was handled by the Granville Township Police Department,” he said.

Snyder/Juniata Counties WCO Harold J. Malhorn filed charges on an individual who shot two antlerless deer on the second day of the first week in a WMU in which antlerless deer are not in season during the first week. <span style="font-weight: bold">“The other problem is that the individual never purchased any antlerless licenses,” he said.</span>

Snyder/Juniata Counties WCO Harold J. Malhorn is completing an investigation on a trapper who did not check his traps in a 36-hour period and had numerous untagged traps. “Similarly, I’m investigating an individual who has numerous untagged traps in another location,” he said.

York County WCO Greg Graham reports that deer hunters had an exceptional first week of firearms deer season. “Many nice bucks were harvested including some large-racked mature bucks,” he said. <span style="font-weight: bold">“Compliance with the Executive Order regarding CWD has been excellent.”</span>

York County WCO and Deputy WCOs Matt Miller, George Erskine and Kevin Clouser apprehended two individuals from Maryland who did not have Pennsylania hunting licenses. “Both were taken into custody after a foot pursuit, and charges are pending,” he said.

York County WCO Greg Graham filed seven charges on an individual, including a misdemeanor charge of possessing instruments of crime. Game law violations charged were hunting while on revocation, possessing a loaded firearms in vehicles, shooting on/or across highways, safety zone, unlawful taking or possession of big game and unlawful devices and methods.

<span style="font-weight: bold">York County WCO Greg Graham reports that big game violations during the first week of firearms deer season have kept him and his Deputy WCOs busy. “The most common violations encountered were untagged deer, unlawful devices and methods, baiting and no hunting license,” he said.</span>

York County <span style="font-weight: bold">WCO Shawn Musser </span>filed criminal charges against an individual <span style="font-weight: bold">after a report came in about two people riding an ATV with rifles on their backs and dragging a deer behind the ATV on an elementary school property. “After further investigation, two search warrants were applied for and executed,” he said. “Numerous deer parts were found as well as other evidence gathered from both properties that were searched. After speaking to his attorney, the one suspect gave us a written statement as to the accounts. For his involvement, he was charged with being a person not to possess firearms, charges for unlawfully taking three whitetail deer, and several violations of the Crimes Code (Title 18) and Game and Wildlife Code (Title 34). <span style="text-decoration: underline">There were a total of 13 offenses resulting in 20 counts filed on him. He was remanded to York County Prison in lieu of $75,000 bail. As of this report, investigation into others suspects involved still is ongoing.”</span></span>

York County WCO Shawn Musser, on the opening day of rifle deer season, received a report of people hunting over bait. “As I got out of my truck to check on the stand, I heard a shot that was very close,” he said. “I walked up to the treestand to find a father with his 16-year-old son. Dad said ‘my son shot his first buck.’ Unfortunately, his son wasn’t permitted to keep the deer as indeed there was a tube feeder strapped to a tree not 20 yards away with corn flowing from the open end. The father was cited for the actions of his son for hunting through the use of bait, and also the unlawful taking of the deer. Although I think it was bad on dad realizing that his actions cost him two citations, worse his son would not be able to take home his first buck.”

Juniata/Perry/Mifflin/Snyder Counties LMGS Steve Bernardi reports this past deer season several individuals were charged for untagged or improperly tagged deer. “One individual was cited because he used is old license deer tag instead of the current year’s tag,” he said.

WCO Cadet James McCann, working in Adams County, thanks all the hunters who harvested deer within the Disease Management Area whom brought their deer to the mandatory check station at SGL 249. “With your help we can monitor the wild population for CWD,” he said. “It also was nice to see all the trophy bucks harvested by hunters within the Disease Management Area.”

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<span style="font-weight: bold">Northeast Field Officer Report - December 7, 2012</span>

<span style="font-weight: bold">Wayne County WCO Frank J. Dooley said warrants were issued for several New Jersey residents who killed three bears in baited areas and without being properly licensed. “Penalties for these poaching incidents have been assessed in excess of $8,000,” he said. </span>

Montour/Northumberland Counties WCO Rick Deiterich said a Sunbury pled guilty to hunting deer without a valid and current hunting license.

Montour/Northumberland Counties WCO Rick Deiterich said a Danville area man pled guilty to violating posted signs on PPL property.

Montour/Northumberland Counties <span style="font-weight: bold">WCO Rick Deiterich cited a Benton man in Columbia County for archery hunting without displaying fluorescent orange material, possessing another person’s license and allowing his mentored son to kill a gobbler and not tag the bird.</span>

Pike County WCO Mark Kropa cited a Northampton County man for hunting deer over bait. “There was a deer feeder and salt blocks in the area where he was hunting,” he said. “The individual faces fines up to $300.”

Pike County WCO Mark Kropa said a man faces charges of shooting a bear over bait during the archery bear season. “The individual used sunflower seeds and barbeque sauce as bait,” he said. “He faces fines of up to $1,300 and the possible loss of hunting privileges.”

Bradford/Susquehanna Counties LMGS Rich Lupinsky reminds individuals that feral cats and dogs have a destructive impact on wildlife. “Birds and small mammals to can be targets of cats, and dogs can chase deer,” he said. “If you own dogs or cats, please keep them under your control.”

Bradford/Susquehanna Counteis LMGS Rich Lupinsky said it has been more than one year since the 2011 hurricane events and SGLs still are damaged. “We still are recovering from the storms, and by next summer we should be back to 100 percent on SGL 12,” he said.

WCO Cadet Aaron Morrow, working with Wyoming County <span style="font-weight: bold">WCO Victor Rosa, charged an adult and a juvenile with three counts of the illegal taking or killing of big game. “Two eight-point and one six-point bucks were shot and killed with a crossbow at night in October,” he said. “Charges have been filed and the two defendants each face fines up to $7,500, and multiple years of license revocation.”</span>

WCO Cadet Aaron Morrow, working with Wyoming County WCO Victor Rosa, filed charges on a suspect for killing an adult doe on the Sunday before the regular firearms season.

Susquehanna County WCO Mike Webb reports that many quality deer were taken throughout the county. “A number of research deer also have been taken, providing valuable information on the deer herd,” he said. “As in previous years, some hunters have attempted to hunt unlawfully, usually by using a vehicle or bait. The overall hunting pressure has been light to moderate this year.”

<span style="font-weight: bold">Wyoming County WCO Victor Rosa reports that the use of crossbows to unlawfully take deer at night has risen significantly, making detection more difficult.</span>

<span style="font-weight: bold">Luzerne County WCO Gerald Kapral said the number of mistake kills in the opening days of deer season this year rival that of the first year of antler restrictions. “Almost all of the kills involved larger four-point racks, and the shooters must be hoping to see brow tines on the racks, only to be disappointed to find none once they get to the animal,” he said. “If a hunter is not positively sure of the legality of the buck, don’t shoot.”</span>

<span style="font-weight: bold">Luzerne County WCO Gerald Kapral received many reports of dead deer that were shot and left lying, or had the antlers or entire heads removed.</span>

Luzerne County WCO Gerald Kapral reports that violations this year are on the upswing, and the major complaints are shooting from vehicles, shooting after legal hours, and hunter trespass. “Anyone witnessing these or any other violations should report them as soon as possible,” he said.

<span style="font-weight: bold">Luzerne County WCO David P. Allen encountered numerous individuals on SGLs who are not involved in hunting or trapping and they were not wearing the required amount of fluorescent orange material. “Remember, if not involved in hunting or trapping, fluorescent orange material is required to be worn while on SGLs between Nov. 15 and Dec. 15,” Allen explained. </span>

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<span style="font-weight: bold">Southeast Field Officer Report - December 7, 2012</span>

Berks County WCO Dave Brockmeier reminds everyone that in order to travel on SGLs roads designated as accessible to disabled persons, you must possess a Game Commission’s issued Disabled Person Permit.

WCO Cadet Nathaniel Kimmel, working with Berks County WCO Matthew Teehan, reports that multiple charges are being filed on an individual t hunting in a propagation area, after legal hunting hours and under the influence of alcohol. “Deputy WCO Dan Lynch responded to an incident involving reports of the individual chasing after two bucks through a field and into a propagation area,” he said. “Officer Lynch suspected individual was under the influence of alcohol, because the individual had trouble standing and following simple orders. WCO Teehan and I responded and performed field sobriety testing. The individual failed all tests and was transported to the local hospital for blood work, which later revealed the individual to be nearly twice the legal limit.”

<span style="font-weight: bold">WCO Cadet Nathaniel Kimmel, working with Berks County WCO Matthew Teehan, reports that multiple big game violations recently were uncovered as a direct result from a tip received from two individuals. “A call into our Southeast Region Office reported a baited area and signs of a deer being killed in the vicinity of the bait site,” he said. “Upon further investigation, two non-resident suspects were confirmed to be directly involved with the baiting site. The suspects had killed one doe through the use of bait, without hunting licenses, and used firearms during the archery season. We encourage anyone to report violations as quickly as possible. Two responsible individuals reported this bait site and by that evening, we knew the entire story of what had happened there.”</span>

Bucks County WCO Richard Macklem II filed citations on an individual who harvested a buck and then used his son’s tag on it. He was cited for possession of another’s license tag and for attempting to take another buck.

Bucks County WCO Richard Macklem II filed citations on an individual who was hunting deer in the two-week rifle/shotgun deer season over bait and for not purchasing his license. He was also cited for not wearing the required fluorescent orange.

Dauphin County WCO Mike Doherty reports that mistake kills have been coming in two or three times a day during this firearm season.

Lancaster County WCO John Veylupek investigated cases involving junior hunters not being properly accompanied by an adult, failure to wear the proper amount of fluorescent orange, safety zone violations and restrictions on shooting.

<span style="font-weight: bold">Lancaster County WCO Dennis Warfel said local butcher shops in his district are very much ahead of last year’s numbers in regards to the number of deer being brought in for butchering.</span>

Lancaster County WCO Dennis Warfel reports that violations for late spotlighting are down this year in southern Lancaster County.

Lancaster County WCO Dennis Warfel reports that small game hunters around the Muddy Run area where very pleased. “The increased numbers of pheasants stocked this year gave a lot of opportunity for a successful pheasant hunting experience this season,” he said.

WCO Cadet Michael Greiner, working with Lancaster County WCO Denny Warfel, filed charges on seven individuals involved with off-roading and littering on Chester Water Authority Property, a cooperator with the Game Commission. All seven individuals were in their teens, including one juvenile who’s parents were notified.

WCO Cadet Michael Greiner, working with Lancaster County WCO Denny Warfel, reports that 11 mistake kills were turned in after the first week. “Hunters need to be sure of what they are shooting and take the extra second to double-check and confirm it is a legal deer,” he said.

WCO Cadet Philip Kasper, working with Lebanon County WCO Mike Reeder, reports that there was a good turnout for the opener of the statewide firearms deer season. “Many of the SGL parking lots in Lebanon County were parked full during most of the day,” he said. “The hunter turnout seemed to be on par with what you would have expected for the first day of the season.”

WCO Cadet Philip Kasper, working with Lebanon County WCO Mike Reeder, said citations will be filed for multiple violations throughout the firearms deer season. “We have had numerous tagging violations, several deer harvested unlawfully, as well as safety zone violations,” he said. “I urge hunters to remove old licenses from their license holder and only carry the current hunting license on their person while in the field. <span style="font-weight: bold">Several of the violations we encountered may have been avoided if the hunter didn’t have several years back tags on his person when tagging the harvested deer.”</span>

Lehigh County WCO Kevin Halbfoerster said the first week of the rifled deer season was very busy. “Cases included hunting with the use of bait, safety zones violations, no licenses, illegal deer, orange violations, property damage by gunfire and illegal dumping of carcasses,” he said.

WCO Cadet Cory Ammerman, working with Northampton County WCO Brad Kreider, reports that at least one bear was harvested in the county on the first day of the bear rifle season and at least seven bear have been harvested in the extended season.

WCO Cadet Cory Ammerman, working with Northampton County WCO Brad Kreider, reports that officers have dealt with several violations in the first week of deer rifle including multiple tagging violations and three loaded firearms in vehicles. Officers in the county field checked several large racked bucks and multiple other deer taken by hunters.

<span style="font-weight: bold">Schuylkill County WCO Will Dingman reports several large racked bucks shot illegally in the district. “Thanks to the calls from hunters, prosecutions are in the works,” he said.</span>

WCO Cadet Ryan Gildea, working with Schuylkill County WCO Kevin Clouser, checked a group of six small game hunters. <span style="font-weight: bold">“Two of the hunters said they purchased their hunting licenses online but were unable to provide any proof,” he said. “Upon further investigation, it was discovered that the two did not have the required license. Citations were issued for hunting without a license.”</span>

WCO Cadet Ryan Gildea, working with Schuylkill County WCO Kevin Clouser, observed a group of hunters standing behind their vehicles with a deer ready to be loaded into their truck. “When checking to ensure the doe was properly tagged, we saw that the hunter failed to fill out any of the kill tag as required by law,” he said. “The hunter was cited for failure to properly tag the deer.”

<span style="font-weight: bold">Environmental Education Specialist Bert Myers said, based on observations at the Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area, it would seem waterfowl are still moving south. “As of early December, observations include a small number of tundra swans, a large number of migrant Canada geese and a wide variety of duck species,” he said. “Duck species include northern shovelers, black ducks, mallards, ruddy ducks, ring-neck ducks, green-wing teal, buffleheads, hooded and common mergansers.”</span>

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It appears the violations for not possessing a hunting license is on the rise. The no display law making people more daring... my guess.

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Thank you for posting that...The guy that took the 650 yard shot with the 45/70 and hit the house is rather disturbing...then again, any homes getting hit is disturbing.
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