|Pat Anderson, Director
Serving the following Counties: Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Cambria, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Somerset, Washington, Westmoreland
4820 Route 711
Bolivar, PA 15923
Open Monday - Friday
7:30AM - 4:00PM
Phone: (724) 238-9523, (724) 238-9524
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Field Officer Reports - January 29, 2016
Allegheny County WCO Doug Bergman reports that charges for furtaking violations were filed against an individual from North Huntington. Charges included bait visible from the air and trap-tagging violations.
Allegheny County WCO Doug Bergman reports that charges were filed against a North Versailles woman for acquiring a hunting license without having the required Hunter-Trapper Education certification. All first-time license buyers, regardless of age, are required to become certified through completion of a basic course.
Allegheny County WCO Dan Puhala reports that, on the last day of the extended firearms antlerless deer season, several individuals were cited for various license and device violations. The violations included hunting for antlerless deer without a WMU 2B license, possessing a WMU 2B license belonging to another, hunting antlered deer with an inline muzzleloader during flintlock season, and hunting for coyotes during firearms deer season without a furtaker license.
Armstrong County WCO Rod Burns reports that incidents involving hunters not having purchased their hunting licenses increased this year in his district. Eight hunters checked in deer season had not purchased a hunting license. Also, several hunters checked in archery and muzzleloader season had not purchased the required license for that season.
Armstrong County WCO Rod Burns reports that a joint investigation with officers from Jefferson County led to charges being filed against a poacher who killed five bucks. Three of the bucks were killed in Jefferson County and left to rot, and two – including a trophy class buck that scored 131 1/8 – were killed in Armstrong County.
Armstrong and Indiana counties GLMGS Art Hamley reports that illegal activity and vandalism at the State Game Lands 248 shooting range in Indiana County has been reduced significantly since users have been required to possess either a shooting-range permit or valid hunting license. All users now have a vested financial interest in the range. Between that and the efforts of local WCOs and deputies, things are much better.
Armstrong and Indiana counties GLMGS Art Hamley reports vandalism on state game lands continues to cost thousands of dollars per year in wages and materials in this land-management group alone. “This includes damage to gates, locks, signs and other property as well as garbage dumping, and it all comes out of the pockets of hunters and trappers,” he said. “Imagine the amount of habitat work, infrastructure improvements or the number of pheasants that could be stocked with that money. If you witness someone vandalizing or abusing SGL property, please try to safely gather any information you can and report the violation to the appropriate Game Commission regional office. As a license buyer, I don’t appreciate paying the way for these bums. Neither should you!”
Beaver County WCO Matt Kramer reports that 43 students successfully completed a cable restraint certification course held at Ambridge Sportsmen’s Club. Successful completion of the course is required to use cable restraints to pursue coyotes and foxes. The students were instructed on the laws and regulations pertaining to cable restraints, the requirements for the equipment and how to set the restraints. For other courses, please see the Game Commission website.
Cambria County WCO Seth Mesoras reports that recent snow and cold temperatures seem to have put predators on the move, searching for food and mates. More and more coyote tracks have been observed over the past several weeks.
Fayette and Westmoreland counties WCO Andrew Harvey reports that charges have been filed against numerous individuals for multiple shooting range violations. Everyone should review regulations before using State Game Lands shooting ranges.
Indiana County WCO Chris Reidmiller reports two individuals recently were cited for possessing an antlered deer head unlawfully. The pair had found a deer that a hunter had lawfully harvested and removed the head without the hunter’s knowledge.
Somerset County WCO Brian Witherite reports that two individuals pleaded guilty to spotlighting with a firearm. These individuals were spotlighting during the two-week rifle deer season when spotlighting is prohibited. The information was provided by those who want to make a difference. If you see game-law violations taking place, please report them to a regional office or through the Operation Game Thief hotline at 1-888-PGC-8001.
Somerset County WCO Brian Witherite reports that, with the recent snow accumulation, snowmobile activity has increased. Complaints have been generated on properties enrolled in the public access program. As a reminder, it is unlawful to operate a snowmobile on property that you do not have permission to be on. As to operation of snowmobiles on State Game Lands, only certain tracts of land and designated trails are open to travel.
Washington County WCO Dan Sitler reports that several individuals have been stopped and cited on Hunter Access cooperator properties. The activity is occurring at night with a variety of violations occurring.
Washington County WCO Dan Sitler reports that hunting pressure was low during the fall season. Hunters are reminded that “red tags” valid for antlerless deer are being issued to farms enrolled in the deer depredation permit program. Hunters should send a self-addressed stamped envelope to the appropriate Game Commission regional office with a letter requesting a list for a specific county. Hunters can then make contact with the individual farmers to secure a tag for that property. The season starts Feb. 1. This is a great way to help farmers, and put some meat in your freezer, as well.
Washington and Allegheny counties WCO Chris Bergman reports that, now that the deer seasons in WMU 2B and Allegheny County have come to an end, numerous cases are being adjudicated at district judges’ offices.
Washington and Allegheny counties WCO Chris Bergman reports that investigations and increased patrols are underway for individuals responsible for driving through the fields of farmers enrolled in the Hunter Access program.
Washington and Allegheny counties WCO Chris Bergman reports that a McKeesport man pleaded guilty to killing a protected buck during the firearms deer season. The man dropped the deer off at a processor during closed hours. He cut the head off of the deer and took it home with him, then left an antlerless tag along with his order for steaks, chops, and roasts.
Westmoreland County WCO Matthew Lucas reports an investigation on the Sunday following the regular deer season led to charges being filed against a North Huntingdon man. The man killed an antlered deer from his kitchen window with a compound bow over a pile of corn at 7 p.m. Sunday.
Westmoreland County WCO Matthew Lucas reports a Connellsville man pleaded guilty to shooting at antlerless deer after alighting from the vehicle in South Huntingdon Township. “I happened to be in the right place at the right time. I heard a gunshot, crested a hill and found the man leaning on a fence post with the truck parked halfway on the road with the door hanging open. He had a look of disbelief when he turned and saw my truck approaching,” he said.
Westmoreland County WCO Brian Singer reports that, on the last day of regular rifle deer season, officers responded to a safety-zone complaint in the last few hours of daylight. “To our surprise, we discovered two antlerless deer that were not properly tagged or taken by someone without a tag for that management unit. The deer were discovered after finding an adult hunter hiding in an enclosed tree stand a mere 20 feet from the ATV and unlawful deer,” he said.
Westmoreland County WCO Brian Singer reports a motorist reported a group of hunters that looked as if they were under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance. At the conclusion of the investigation, officers arrested two individuals for hunting under the influence of marijuana and oxycodone. One individual was a felon not to possess firearms, and had shot and killed two protected deer with an AR-15 rifle and full metal jacket ammunition. Officers also discovered a marijuana grow site 30 yards from where the pair was arrested.
Westmoreland County WCO Brian Singer reports that, during regular rifle deer season, officers responded to a complaint about an individual who fired six rounds from a 9mm handgun at a group of deer that just crossed the road in front of the vehicle. Before officers arrived, the owner of a nearby home already had confronted the hunter. “The suspect shot directly at a residence while striking and eventually killing one of the deer. During the confrontation, the homeowner demanded the suspect’s driver’s license and hunting license,” he said. “The driver fled the area, but not before the woman was able to get a good driver, vehicle and license-plate description. Subsequent interviews with the suspect revealed that he was scared of the irate woman and fled because he had a “few beers” prior to the incident. Criminal charges are pending.”