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

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

News Releases
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 - May 22, 2015

Butler County WCO Christopher J. Deal reports that with warmer weather came an influx of people dumping garbage on state game lands and Hunter Access lands. Multiple citations have been filed against people who have disposed waste on these lands.

Butler County WCO Randy W. Pilarcik reports that he is investigating a couple of dumping complaints: one of them involves the dumping of at least 60 bundles of shingles, and the other eight bags of household garbage. He anticipates that charges will be filed soon.

Clarion County WCO Jesse N. Bish reports that a Franklin man was cited and pleaded guilty to a littering charge that arose from an encounter that started with a naked individual in a state game lands parking area in the middle of the day. After a brief investigation, it was determined that the individual was dumping large amounts of paper towels and bags over the bank into a culvert after he would bathe in the spring. Twelve large five-gallon brown paper bags full of paper towels and 50 cardboard paper towel rolls were removed from the scene. The defendant was ordered to pay $500 and costs by the magisterial district judge.

Clarion County WCO Steven J. Ace reports a successful prosecution on a summary appeal hearing regarding a bear that was taken through the use of bait. Clarion County District Attorney Mark Aaron did a fantastic job prosecuting the case. The evidence proved that the individual was guilty, and the courts agreed.

Crawford County WCO Mark A. Allegro reports that he is investigating trespassing and unauthorized destruction of a beaver dam and drainage of approximately 30 acres of wetlands along Williams Road in Hayfield Township. Anyone with information can contact WCO Allegro through the Northwest Region Office at 814-432-3187.

Crawford County WCO Randy R. Crago reports that a New York man was found guilty of killing a deer illegally during the firearms season. He used a WMU 1A antlerless license in WMU 1B.

Erie County WCO Michael J. Stutts, Jr. reports that sportsmen are out in full force across the district. The streams have been stocked with trout, boats are on the lake after walleyes or smallmouths, and turkey hunters are hitting the woods hard.

Erie County WCO Larry M. Smith is noticing an increase in the number of black bears in recent years. Each year, bears are being hit by vehicles and are impacting landowners and beekeepers. If you’re not already a bear hunter, it’s a good time to consider taking up bear hunting this season in Erie County.

Erie County WCO Darin L. Clark reports that turkey season is going well. He reports nice weather and hunters having some success. It appears the turkey population wasn’t affected much by the severe winter.

Jefferson County WCO Roger A. Hartless reminds turkey hunters that the maximum shot size for hunting turkey, and small game for that matter, is No. 4 lead and No. 2 steel. With so many innovations and variations in turkey hunting shot shells these days, some turkey hunters seem to be forgetting to check the shot size when purchasing shells.

Mercer County WCO Donald G. Chaybin reports that the opening of spring gobbler season was rather uneventful. Hunting pressure appeared to be below average and success about the same. Several warnings were given for minor infractions. The second morning produced a “mistake kill” as a hunter killed two jakes with one shot. He reported the incident, completed the mistake kill affidavit, and paid the $20 restitution. That second turkey was then given to another family.

Venango County WCO Ronda J. Bimber reports that the winter thaw has a lot of people out and about. While most people are very respectful of landowners, a few have been crossing the line. Several litter cases are being looked into, as well as a few damage-to-property issues. Remember to ask permission and respect landowners.

Venango County WCO Jason R. Amory reports that multiple charges are pending in separate dumping cases involving Hunter Access properties. Dumping charges will continue to be aggressively enforced on all property open to the public. Charges range from $50 to $250 with the potential for an additional assessment of $10 per piece of refuse in certain areas.

Warren County WCO Eric M. McBride reports that he has received several beaver complaints and is working with landowners as well as trapping some of the nuisance beavers.

Warren County WCO Eric M. McBride reports the ruffed grouse population is doing well. Many birds have been observed and heard drumming.

Warren County WCO Matthew R. Savinda reports that most of the Allegheny National Forest recreational areas are now open. These include the Tidioute Overlook which provides a comfortable and scenic place to walk or picnic. There is also a fair possibility of seeing a few bald eagles.

Clarion and Jefferson counties LMGS George J. Miller reports that the American Chestnut Foundation recently contracted the planting of 24,000 native tree and shrub seedlings on State Game Lands 72 as part of a strip-mine restoration project.

Crawford and Erie counties LMGS Shayne A. Hoachlander reports that the Brokenstraw Watershed Group provided tree shelters and stakes, and planted pin oaks on State Game Lands 154 to help with a grouse-management project. Thanks go out to the group for its donation of materials and services.

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