|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
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 - September 25, 2015
Butler County WCO Chip L. Brunst reports investigating a litter violation that occurred on Labor Day. Brunst observed a young man throwing litter from his truck. License-plate information was gathered and charges are pending.
Butler County WCO Chip L. Brunst reports that, for 20 years, he has been a licensed blaster and used this tool to remove beaver dams. For the last time as an agency, before blasting licenses expired, LMS Richard T. Cramer, WCOs Mark A. Allegro and Brunst removed one last beaver dam. It felt rather sad to see an era pass, but the liability simply outweighed the benefit.
Butler County WCO Chip L. Brunst reports investigating the reported death of a bald eagle. The caller who reported the incident was able to email pictures of the nearest houses and of the carcass. She gave very good directions to accompany them. From his office, Brunst looked at the carcass and noticed what appeared to be a white breast. Wanting to make sure; he proceeded to the location and found a badly decomposed carcass with a waterfowl beak. It was not a bald eagle but rather a Canada goose. Brunst contacted the caller to let her know he found the carcass. She felt really bad about sending him on a "wild goose chase." Brunst explained to her that he will gladly investigate every report so as not to miss one that really is a bald eagle.
Clarion County WCO Jesse N. Bish reports that throughout the summer months many suspects were apprehended for violations on state game lands. The violations consisted of damage to property, operating ATVs on game lands and littering.
Crawford County WCO Mark A. Allegro reports he recently investigated and charged an individual for dumping a fairly large amount of household trash along Ridge Road in Hayfield Township. After admitting that he dumped the garbage, the defendant related that he was told by "someone" to dump it in that location and that the township road crew would clean it up. It was suggested to the defendant that maybe "someone" would help him pay his fine for making the suggestion.
Erie County WCO Michael J. Stutts, Jr. reports that charges are pending against a McKean Township man who hunted woodchucks without a hunting license.
Erie County WCO Darin L. Clark reports checking several goose hunters on the opening day of goose season with expired temporary eDuck stamps. Hunters need to be aware if they buy their duck stamp online or at a point-of-sale vendor, that the eDuck stamp is only valid for 45 days. Within that time, a duck stamp will be mailed to them. If they do not receive the stamp in a timely manner, they should contact the vendor at 1-800-852-4897 to find out why.
Forest County WCO Daniel P. Schmidt reports the bear in his district are starting to cause damage to local cornfields. Schmidt hopes the abundance of soft (cherries and apples) and hard mast (acorns) keep most bears in the woods and out of the fields. Schmidt trapped a large 385-pound male in one field and the trail camera showed pictures of another large bear, a smaller bear that has been tagged before, and a sow with several cubs.
Forest County WCO Frank E. Leichtenberger reports that he saw three bats feeding in the skies above his backyard recently, which is something he has not seen for two years. As most people know, a disease called white nose syndrome has decimated bat populations in recent years. Unfortunately, some people have a number of negative misconceptions about bats, fueled by superstition and horror movies, and that might cause them to wonder why having fewer bats is a bad thing. In real life, bats are an important predator of flying insects, consuming up to a quarter of their body weight in insects in a single feeding. They are unique in that they are the only flying mammal and use echo location to avoid obstacles and find their prey while flying at night. Leichtenberger said he hopes that his observation is a sign of recovery for the species and not an anomaly.
Jefferson County WCO Roger A. Hartless asks hunters and trappers to take a minute to store Game Commission contact numbers in their cellphones prior to heading out to hunt or trap this fall. Whether reporting sick or injured wildlife, requesting emergency assistance, or providing information relevant to a violation, a timely call made by the hunter or trapper still in the field can make a huge difference in the outcome. Phone numbers for the six game Commission region offices can be found in the Hunting & Trapping Digest, or online.
Jefferson County WCO Michael A. Girosky reports that retired Deputy Wildlife Conservation Officer Clyde Gearhart recently passed away. He was an officer for 23 years, a constable for 30 years, and was an icon in the community. He will be greatly missed.
Lawrence County WCO Byron D. Gibbs reports that state game lands parking lots have been found to be the source of several violations recently. Charges have been filed against several individuals for various offenses to include littering and use of illegal substances.
Warren County WCO Eric M. McBride reports that he has received several tips on after-hours spotlighting, as well as incidents of possible poaching. Enforcement efforts are increasing in response to reported activities.
Warren County WCO David W. Donachy reports citing two men for hunting geese in a safety zone. He reminds hunters that waterways are not exempt from the 150-yard safety-zone law.
Crawford and Erie counties LMGS Shayne A. Hoachlander reports the food and cover crew repaired the shooting benches at the shooting range on State Game Lands 109 in Erie County. Visitors are reminded that a valid hunting license or range permit is required to use the range.