The Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact is an agreement that recognizes suspension of hunting, trapping and fishing privileges in member states. This means that illegal activities in one state can affect a person's hunting, trapping or fishing privileges in all participating states. Any person whose license privileges or rights are suspended in a member state may also be suspended in Pennsylvania. If a person's hunting, trapping or fishing rights are suspended in Pennsylvania, they may be suspended in other member states as well. This cooperative interstate effort enhances the Pennsylvania Game Commission's ability to protect and manage our wildlife resources.
Pennsylvania is unique, in that it has two separate wildlife agencies. The Pennsylvania Game Commission regulates all hunting and trapping throughout the state and the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission regulates all fishing and boating activities. For application of the compact in Pennsylvania, only hunting and furtaking privileges will be suspended for hunting and trapping violations and only fishing privileges will be suspended for fishing violations.
If a person plans to hunt, trap or fish in another state, and they have a privilege suspension in Pennsylvania, it is their responsibility to contact the other state to see if they can legally hunt, trap or fish there. A person who has had their privileges revoked in a member state must contact the Pennsylvania Game Commission to see if they can legally hunt or trap in Pennsylvania and contact the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission to see if they can legally fish in Pennsylvania.
History of the Compact
The concept of a wildlife violator compact was first advanced in the early 1980s by member states in the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies. Law enforcement administrators and wildlife commissioners from several states began discussing the idea of a compact based on the existing Driver's License Compact and Non-Resident Violator Compact, both of these related to motor vehicle operator licensing and enforcement.
In 1985, draft compacts were developed independently in Colorado and Nevada. Subsequently, these drafts were merged and the Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact was created.
On January 1st of 2011 Pennsylvania became an official member of the compact. Since then hundreds of violators have been entered into the compact for ratification by other states and thousands have been reviewed for ratification from other states by Pennsylvania.
Pennsylvania Game Commission - Compact Criteria
The following is a list of criteria set forth by the legislature. A violator may be entered into the compact for one or a combination of the violations listed below.
- Assault/interference or bodily injury to a Wildlife Conservation Officer.
- Hunting or furtaking while on revocation.
- Unlawful use of lights while hunting.
- Buying or selling game.
- Hunting or furtaking under the influence.
- Shooting at or causing injury to a human.
- Counterfeit, alter or forge a license or tag.
- Threatened or endangered species violations.
- Illegal taking or possession of big game in a closed season.
- Accumulated wildlife violations for which the penalty provided by Title 34 is no less than a summary offense of the fourth degree and the violation is not the only violation in a 24 month period.