|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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Making a Better SGL 314: Stepping Up for Migratory Birds
Logging at SGL 314
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
Access Routes for hunters with Disabilities
Public Shooting Ranges
Public Shooting Ranges in the Northwest Region
Field Officer Reports - November 20, 2015
Butler County WCO Christopher J. Deal reports night patrols have detected multiple illegal deer kills. In one case, an individual waited until nighttime to remove a deer that was killed over bait. In another case, a beautiful buck was shot at night through the use of a spotlight. Charges have been filed in both cases.
Butler County WCO Chip L. Brunst reports initiating an investigation on an unlawfully taken deer. Brunst found the carcass when he pulled over on a backroad to make a phone call. While talking, he observed something moving about 500 yards away. Using his binoculars, he observed a bald eagle eating at what appeared to be a deer carcass. A quick walk revealed that it was, indeed, a dead deer. Without the white of the mature bald eagle, he never would have seen this deer.
Clarion County WCO Jesse N. Bish reports that two Clarion County residents were apprehended for hunting squirrels in a closed season.
Clarion County WCO Jesse N. Bish and Waterways Conservation Officer Gregory Pochron report that two individuals were apprehended for spotlighting wildlife well after 11 p.m. in the Kahle Lake area.
Clarion County WCO Jesse N. Bish reports that a Knox individual was apprehended for hunting and killing a deer through the use of bait. The fines and penalties imposed for such acts might reach $2,200.
Clarion County WCO Jesse N. Bish reports that an individual was apprehended and pleaded guilty for hunting through the use of bait in Millcreek Township. The fines and penalties imposed for such acts might reach $300.
Clarion County WCO Jesse N. Bish reports that a Knox individual was apprehended and pleaded guilty for hunting through the use of bait in Ashland Township. The fines and penalties imposed for such acts might reach $300.
Crawford County WCO Mark A. Allegro reports he is investigating several nighttime deer-poaching incidents. He encourages anyone with knowledge of wildlife crimes to report them to their region office.
Crawford County WCO Randy R. Crago reports a 10-point buck was illegally killed in the area of Wilkins Road, Bloomfield Township. The deer was killed on or about Oct. 23. Anyone with information is asked to call the Northwest Region Office.
Venango County WCO Jason R. Amory reports that an individual who did not qualify to hunt with a rifle was cited in Worth Township for hunting with a rifle during the Special Firearms season for antlerless deer.
Venango County WCO Jason R. Amory reports that several individuals from Worth Township, Mercer County, were warned for casting the rays of an artificial light upon livestock and buildings. One individual was cited for spotlighting with a loaded firearm in a vehicle.
Warren County WCO Eric M. McBride reports that charges are being filed against two men who were found driving through a field after shooting two deer at night. The arrest was made possible because of information from an informant.
Warren County WCO Eric M. McBride reports that charges are being filed against an individual who dumped several bags of garbage near a stream. The individual was located, then cleaned up the garbage, thus avoiding additional cost.
Warren County WCO Matthew R. Savinda reports that charges are pending against a man who was hunting on the Allegheny National Forest. The individual’s tree stand was overlooking a log onto which had been poured what was described as acorn juice. The man also used a screw-in bow hanger.
Warren County WCO Matthew R. Savinda reports that a man has been cited for unlawfully parking his ATV in a game lands parking lot. He used a township road to get there, had no helmet, and his registration was hidden by mounting hardware.
Warren County WCO Matthew R. Savinda reports that charges have been filed against two men who, after road-hunting for turkey, pulled their vehicle onto Hunter Access cooperator property, past signs marking the road as closed to motorized vehicles. One of the men got out and fired one shot at a turkey just behind a house, well within a safety zone.
Mercer and Venango counties LMGS Mario L. Piccirilli reports an individual arrived at the Mercer County Food and Cover headquarters on Shenango Lake with a seagull that was totally entwined in fishing line and two treble hooks from a fishing lure. After about 10 minutes the seagull was freed from the entanglement. Once outside, the seagull looked around, took a hop and was airborne, never looking back. Another satisfied customer.
Mercer and Venango counties LMGS Mario L. Piccirilli reports his crews have been busy stocking pheasants, performing maintenance on equipment and razing one old building on state game lands that was constructed originally in the 1930s. He further reports adding a Temporary Game Farm Worker, David Croskey, to the Venango County Food & Cover crew, as one member of the crew is off for an extended period of time.
Crawford and Erie counties LMGS Shayne A. Hoachlander reports that crews conducted a prescribed fire on State Game Lands 314 in November to promote shrub habitat.