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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
February 11, 2016: Game Commission Northwest Region Announces Hunter-Trapper Education Classes
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 - March 25, 2016

Butler County WCO Christopher J. Deal reports citations have been filed against individuals cutting firewood on state game lands. PennDOT recently cut trees that border the state road that runs through State Game Lands 164. When trees are cut on state game lands, they are often left on site to provide habitat and food for the area’s wildlife. Personal use of the resource is not permitted.

Clarion County WCO Steven J. Ace reports seeing many gobblers strutting in fields in recent weeks. One field in southern Clarion County had over 100 turkeys in it. It’s the first time in years Ace observed that many turkeys in one field.

Erie County WCO Michael J. Stutts Jr. reports several people around the district were not sure how to report suspected violations they have run into. Anyone can report a violation through the Northwest Region Office at 814-432-3187 or by calling Operation Game Thief’s toll-free hotline, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year at 1-888-PGC-8001.

Erie County WCO Larry M. Smith has been getting information on increased sightings of both fishers and otters in the area. Consider watching for wildlife along small streams and watercourses for a chance to see fishers as they travel; and along larger streams and wetlands for otters.

Jefferson County WCO Roger A. Hartless reports he is investigating an incident pertaining to a raccoon discovered in a foot-hold trap more than three weeks after the close of trapping season. A passerby noticed the raccoon along a township road and near a small stream. The trap was tagged and the trap owner will be interviewed.

Mercer County WCO Donald G. Chaybin reports that although small-game seasons have been extended to run through the month of February, they just aren’t long enough for some hunters. On the first Saturday in March, illegal hunting was reported in South Pymatuning Township, near the Shenango Reservoir. Two hunters, a father and young son, were contacted as they returned to their vehicle from hunting “squirrels, rabbits, and such.” Fortunately, they hadn’t killed any game. The dad said he didn’t realize the season had ended, though he had a Hunting & Trapping Digest in the car that he could have easily checked. Charges are pending against the adult.

Venango County WCO Jason R. Amory reports that charges have been successfully adjudicated against an Ohio man for blowing up a beaver dam with explosive.

Warren County WCO David W. Donachy reports spring weather has prompted house-cleaning chores. He has prosecuted two garbage-dumping cases already.

Warren County WCO Matthew R. Savinda reports that charges are pending against two individuals who were caught abusing Hunter Access cooperator property. There were three pickup trucks, three ATVs and a camper located on a road closed to vehicular traffic. They did severe damage to the road and surrounding land. One of the young men was cited for the same violation in 2013 in the same area.

Clarion and Jefferson counties LMGS George J. Miller reports 73 bluebird nesting boxes placed and maintained on State Game Lands 63 in Clarion County. Fifteen were used by bluebirds, three by swallows, two by wrens, one by a chickadee, 26 by mice and 12 were not used. These numbers are typical, as a variety of critters will readily use these nesting structures. What is hard to wrap his head around, though, is the fact that 14 boxes were missing! It makes him wonder what happened to them.

Crawford and Erie counties LMGS Shayne A. Hoachlander reported that his first woodchuck sighting for the spring was on March 4. Woodchucks are being observed regularly and spring activity is starting to arrive in the extreme northern regions of Pennsylvania.

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