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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2015 Youth Field Days
2015 Youth Field Days

Pymatuning Goose Hunt for Veterans with Disabilities
Application, Qualifications and Instructions

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

News Releases
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 - August 28, 2015

Clarion County WCO Steven J. Ace reports having a booth at the Clarion County Fair. He was invited on Friday afternoon to do a program in the children's barn. Last year, they requested a bluebird program and the ability to build bluebird boxes. This year, the same request was made. When you have something that is such a hit that the kids enjoy, there is no sense in changing things up. He was surprised there were so many different kids this year, and expects he will be there again next year.

Crawford County WCO Randy R. Crago reports that someone dumped a load of shingles in a parking lot on State Game Lands 199. Anyone with any information is asked to call the Northwest Region office.

Erie County WCO Darin L. Clark reports that most cases for the illegal taking of wildlife start with information from the public. Game Commission officers can't be everywhere and need your help. Recently, a concerned sportsman called when he witnessed an individual shoot a fox out of season. Due to his actions, the individual was cited for the violation.

Forest County WCO Daniel P. Schmidt reports seeing several nice antlered deer during the first week of August. Additionally, many doe with single fawns have been seen. He has also seen several doe with twin fawns. Schmidt reports seeing several nice flocks of turkeys at the end of July. One flock contained 19 birds and the second had 21.

Forest County WCO Daniel P. Schmidt reports he held a bluebird-box program for West Forest summer school. Also, Schmidt and Forest County Deputy Wildlife Conservation Officers Jason C. Quinn, Herb Clevenger and Robert T. Cochran manned the Seneca Fun Run at the Forest County Youth Field Day.

Jefferson County WCO Roger A. Hartless reports that hunters who plan to hunt on State Game Lands 54 this fall might encounter what appears to be ATV trails that run through wooded areas of the game lands. These trails were made by a track machine used by a natural-gas exploration company that was contracted by the owner of the gas rights. Like many of the game lands located throughout the state, the gas or mineral rights on much of State Game Lands 54 are not owned by the Game Commission, and the owner has the legal right to access their gas or minerals.

Venango County WCO Jason R. Amory reports that charges are pending regarding an incident in Clarion County where a man killed a male black bear. Amory alleges that the individual in question could have chosen not to confront the black bear, but did anyway, leading to the death of the bear and the subsequent charges.

Warren County WCO Eric M. McBride reports that he is working on an investigation involving illegal dumping.

Warren County WCO Eric M. McBride reports that a lot of deer are being observed in the district, including several mature bucks.

Warren County WCO Matthew R. Savinda reports that nuisance beavers are running amok in the county. Many have been trapped and relocated.

Mercer and Venango counties LMGS Mario L. Piccirilli reports he and his Venango County crew have been seeing a lot of black-bear activity. This should add up to a great season for hunters in search of bruins.

Mercer and Venango counties LMGS Mario L. Piccirilli reports his crews have just started mowing, a good two months later than normal as a result of a very wet, rainy summer.

Crawford and Erie counties LMGS Shayne A. Hoachlander reports that recent bat maternity colony surveys in Erie County were depressing. Two of the three colonies surveyed had no individuals, one of which used to contain over 500.

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