|Barry Zaffuto, Director
Serving the following Counties:Cameron, Centre, Clearfield, Clinton, Elk, Lycoming, McKean, Potter, Tioga, Union
1566 South Route 44 Highway
P.O. Box 5038
Jersey Shore, PA 17740
Open Monday - Friday
7:30AM - 4:00PM
Phone: (570) 398-4744, (570) 398-4745
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Prescribed Burn Units for State Game Land 176
2010 Scotia Barrens Controlled Burn Fire Units Map
August 8, 2014: Game Commission Plans Prospective Deputy Open Houses
Seasonal Roads, Designated Routes, Snowmobile Trails and Access for Hunters with Disabilities
Seasonal Roads Open for Hunting & Trapping
Designated Routes for Horses and Bicycles
State Game Lands 176 (The Barrens) Designated Routes brochure
Access Routes for Hunters with Disabilities
State Game Lands 311 Equestrian Trail
Public Shooting Ranges
Public Shooting Ranges in the Northcentral Region
Field Officer Reports - July 17, 2015
Tioga County WCO Rodney Mee reports he's dealt with several bear complaints in the Wellsboro area. Bear complaints, however, have been very light in Wellsboro, likely due to public compliance with not having food available in the form of birdfeeders or trash. The extended bear season in WMU 3A also helps to keep the bear population in check there, he said.
Tioga County WCO Steve Brussese reports that, so far this year, many small animals had to be tested for rabies due to being in contact with people or domestic animals. While young wild animals may be cute and fuzzy, people should do their best to keep their distance from them because they are indeed wild animals.
Union County WCO Dirk Remensnyder reports that he has cited a guy for picking up six young skunks, which subsequently had to be euthanized and tested for rabies because the individual had direct contact with them.
Clinton County WCO Kirk Miller reports multiple individuals will be cited for riding motorcycles on state game lands.
McKean County WCO Tom Sabolcik, while on patrol in Otto Township, broke up an unlawful party that was about to start at a Senour Lumber property. Since they had not yet tapped the beer and no damage had yet been done to the property, and all but one person was over 21, they were allowed to leave with the keg of beer, but only after the driver was cited for driving on closed roads.
McKean County WCO Tom Sabolcik, and DWCO Dale Thielges investigated a report of several four-wheel-drive vehicles ripping and tearing through a farmer's field. The farmer got the license plates of the vehicles and reported them to the officers. After a brief investigation it was determined that only one vehicle actually damaged the fields and the driver stepped forward and admitted his involvement. Charges will be filed and the farmer is seeking between $300 and $500 in damages.
Elk County WCO Jason Wagner reports that two individuals were cited for operating an ATV and a dirt bike on state game lands, as well as property enrolled in the Game Commission's Hunter Access Program.
Potter and Tioga counties Land Manager Denise Mitcheltree reports that the Food and Cover crews have been challenged to complete planting on the many wildlife herbaceous openings on cooperator and state game lands this month due to the many rainy days. Most of the intended fields did get planted due to their perseverance and are growing quite well in spite of the heavy downpours that seemed to occur daily.
Elk County WCO Susan Edmiston reports a man from Kane picked up a gray-fox pup and had it for several days. While he had it out of the cage and in the yard, the pup bit his 9-year-old granddaughter. He took the girl to Kane Community Hospital the following day for treatment. Hospital staff notified Northcentral Region dispatchers of the incident. The fox was collected, euthanized and submitted to state Department of Health for rabies testing. Thankfully, the rabies test results were negative. Unlawful possession of wildlife charges are pending.
McKean County WCO Jeffrey Orwig reports that black-bear numbers look good and hunters should have a successful fall season.
McKean County WCO Jeffrey Orwig reports that charges were filed on two individuals in possession of a controlled substance while on co-op property.
Cameron County WCO Wayne A. Hunt reports assisting DCNR Forestry District 13 with an interpretive project regarding an old auxiliary Game Refuge once located in the Lick Island area of the Elk State Forest. DCNR is erecting information kiosks in that area to better inform the public.
Clearfield County WCO Mark Gritzer reports that two nonresidents from Ohio pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of elk antlers that were removed with a handsaw.
Clearfield County WCO Mark Gritzer reports that the Karthaus elk poaching case originating in September 2014 has reached a final disposition with Jeffrey Bickle, of Bellefonte, being sentenced. President Judge Fredric J. Ammerman imposed a sentencing order of $10,783.32, which includes fines and restitution. Bickle will serve one to six months in jail, and his hunting license will be revoked for 14 years.
Centre County WCO Michael Ondik reports that two individuals were recently cited for unlawfully riding motorized vehicles, a motorcycle and an ATV, on State Game Lands 176. Interestingly enough, just a few months prior, these same individuals were given written warnings for the exact same offense.
Potter County WCO Mark Fair reports receiving information from the public regarding individuals traveling the roads at night, looking for animals crossing the road to beat to death with a club. Animals such as opossums and porcupines are common targets. The practice is unlawful and will be prosecuted. Please contact the Game Commission with information about this crime.
Lycoming County WCO Jonathan M. Wyant reports many bald eagles are being observed in and around Lycoming County. One, in fact, is a regular visitor to the City of Williamsport.
Lycoming and Union counties LMO Thomas M. Smith reports that ticks are very abundant in both counties and advises hunters to check themselves and their pets after spending the day afield.
Potter County WCO William Ragosta reports having recently cited an individual for allowing his pit bull to kill a whitetail fawn.
Lycoming County WCO Harold Cole reports that he has been having several calls on bears with mange. He states that he has been spending a lot of his time informing the public on mange, which is spread by contact between animals or their use of common areas. One thing people can do to help lessen the potential for mange to spread is to prevent the habituation of bears to people and buildings. Bears are easily habituated to easy food sources. Intentional habituation occurs when people put food out specifically to attract wildlife. Unintentional habituation occurs from food sources that are around the house or buildings, examples are water sources, pet food, unsecured garbage, burn barrels and grills. Both types of feeding brings bears in and habituates them to people and buildings. This human behavior causes the bears to become habituated to food sources and lose their fear of humans.
McKean County WCO Skyler Gibble reports that two individuals were traveling on an ATV and killed a turkey from the back of the vehicle. The individuals were charged with hunting through the use of a vehicle.