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Northwest Region



Keith Harbaugh, Director

Serving the following Counties:Butler, Clarion, Crawford, Erie, Forest, Jefferson, Lawrence, Mercer, Venango, Warren

P.O. Box 31
Franklin, PA 16323

Open Monday - Friday
7:30AM - 4:00PM

Phone: (814) 432-3187, (814) 432-3188

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Updates
Making a Better SGL 314: Stepping Up for Migratory Birds
Logging at SGL 314

News Releases
October 26, 2015: Pennsylvania Game Commission Northwest Region Announces Hunter-Trapper Education Classes
October 9, 2015: Game Commission Announces Pheasant Releases for Northwest Region
September 18, 2015: Pymatuning Special Hunt Opportunity
September 8, 2015: Prescribed Fire Planned for State Game Lands #314
August 26, 2015: Game Commission Northwest Region Announces Hunter-Trapper Education Classes
July 20, 2015: Pennsylvania Game Commission Northwest Region Announces Advanced Hunter Education Classes
July 17, 2015: Bald Eagle Rescued
July 13, 2015: Veterans with Disabilities Goose Hunt Announced
June 30, 2015: PGC Snowmobile Trail Closed
June 24, 2015: Game Commission Northwest Region Announces Hunter-Trapper Education Classes
June 19, 2015: Outdoor Opportunities Abound at Youth Field Day Programs
June 18, 2015: Game Commission Offers Advice To Avoid Attacting Bears
June 15, 2015: PA Game Commission Hunter Access Program
June 8, 2015: Bald Eagle ShotExternal Web Scan - Game
May 13, 2015: Game Commission Northwest Region Announces Hunter-Trapper Education Classes
April 20, 2015: State Game Lands 330 Tour

Seasonal Roads, Designated Routes, Snowmobile Trails and Access for Hunters with Disabilities
Seasonal Roads Open for Hunting & Trapping
Designated Routes for Horses and Bicycles
Snowmobile Trails
Access Routes for hunters with Disabilities

Public Shooting Ranges
Public Shooting Ranges in the Northwest Region

Field Officer Reports - January 29, 2016

Clarion County WCO Jesse N. Bish reports that having a loaded firearm on or against a motor vehicle is not just against the law; it’s very unsafe. Many individuals were cited in rifle deer season for this violation. This safety violation carries a fine of $100 to $200 if the vehicle is not in motion, and can be $150 to $300 if the vehicle is in motion.

Crawford County WCO Mark A. Allegro reports that he has been busy recently with follow-up investigations from deer season, as well as court hearings. The mild weather during the late archery and flintlock seasons resulted in more archers afield than normal.

Erie County WCO Michael J. Stutts, Jr. filed charges after completing an investigation of an unlawfully killed antlerless deer in the Fairview area. The evidence found at the scene showed that the deer was killed with a shotgun during the flintlock deer season. The man also was charged for not having the proper license.

Jefferson County WCO Roger A. Hartless reports that a number of individuals have not responded to citations issued for offenses that took place during the recent rifle deer season. Arrest warrants will be issued for these individuals in the near future. Individuals who fail to respond to a citation within 60 days have their hunting and furtaking privileges automatically suspended.

Venango County WCO Ronda J. Bimber reports that two individuals were cited for killing seven deer at night through use of a light. A penalty of up to $10,000 in fines and up to 18 months in jail can be assessed for each deer. The defendants also were charged with several other offenses that will add to their penalties. Their cases currently are working their way through the court system.

Venango County WCO Ronda J. Bimber reports that it has been a busy hunting season; with license violations being most common detected. Many hunters were cited for not carrying their licenses with them while hunting, and a few were cited for not purchasing a license at all. Since being able to carry hunting licenses in their pockets, hunters often forget to move their licenses from one hunting coat to another. Always be sure to check for your license before going afield.

Warren County WCO Eric M. McBride reports that the small-game population seems to be doing well; as many rabbits, squirrels and grouse have been observed in the district.

Warren County WCO Eric M. McBride reports that coyote hunters have been out in full force, effectively using hounds to locate coyotes.

Mercer and Venango counties LMGS Mario L. Piccirilli reports his Farm Game managers have been actively updating all Farm Game projects in both counties for easier identification. The two counties contain 586 Farm Game cooperators, which is the highest number in the Northwest Region.

Mercer and Venango counties LMGS Mario L. Piccirilli reports the Venango County food and cover crew received a new 2016 Ford one-ton stake body truck to replace the 2001 Ford that had seen much use and was beyond its useful life. The Venango County crew also completed numerous repairs to buildings.

Mercer and Venango counties LMGS Mario L. Piccirilli reports leaking roofs on various buildings at each crew headquarters were finally replaced.

Clarion and Jefferson counties LMGS George J. Miller reports the Pennsylvania Prescribed Fire Council will be holding its annual meeting on Feb. 16 and 17 in State College. All who are interested or who use prescribed fire as a habitat-management tool are invited to attend. If you are interested in learning more or if you would like to register for the meeting, please visit the Pennsylvania Prescribed Fire Council’s website at www.paprescribedfire.org.

Crawford and Erie counties LMGS Shayne A. Hoachlander reports that he participated in the annual mid-winter eagle survey. The survey is conducted at the same points annually following an established protocol to help monitor eagle populations.






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