Southcentral Region

Bradley J. Myers, Director

Serving the following Counties: Adams, Bedford, Blair, Cumberland, Franklin, Fulton, Huntingdon, Juniata, Mifflin, Perry, Snyder, York

8627 William Penn Highway
Huntingdon, PA 16652

Open Monday - Friday
7:30AM - 4:00PM

Phone: (814) 643-1831, (814) 643-1835

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March 24, 2015: Guilty Pleas in York Couty Multi-Deer Poaching Case
November 17, 2014: Singer Wetlands Dedication
November 7, 2014: Game Commission Seeks Information on Illegal Bear
October 31, 2014: Additional Reward Offered in Perry Poaching Case

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 Southcentral Region

Field Officer Reports - August 3, 2015

Adams County WCO Cory M. Ammerman reports that one individual received multiple citations for his actions when, in the month of July, he attempted to take a deer from the vehicle using a high-powered rifle. In addition, he was within several safety zones. Another individual was cited for taking a cottontail rabbit out of season through the use of an air rifle.

Franklin County WCO Eric Anderson reported that a Washington Township man has pleaded guilty to discharging a firearm inside a safety zone, as well as unlawfully taking woodchucks.

Blair County WCO William Brehun reports that an increase in law-enforcement patrols has increased on Altoona City Water Authority properties. The increased efforts are needed due to the amount of trespassing and other violations in restricted areas around all reservoirs and treatment facilities. The Altoona City Water Authority has nearly 11,000 acres of land enrolled in the Forest Game Public Access program for hunting, trapping, and other recreation. However, it has had its land posted restricting some activities. The authority asks that the public please respects the land and use it appropriately.

Bedford County WCO Jeremy Coughenour reports that summer patrols on cooperator properties continue to be productive, with unlawful ATV riding and unlawful campsites being discovered.

Adams County WCO Darren David reports that there are two pending cases where people took it upon themselves to pick up injured or assumed orphaned deer fawns in 2014. In one case, several people conspired to keep a young deer for many weeks until it was released locally. Presumably, it died over the winter due to a collision with a vehicle. In the other instance, a deer that was reportedly raised by someone and eventually released, was roaming the neighborhoods of a populated area, where people were routinely petting and feeding it. This deer had to be euthanized due to it being extremely habituated to people, being within the Chronic Wasting Disease Management Area, and therefore posing a threat to people and possibly other deer. In both instances, the deer were bucks and if they survived into the rut of their second year, they would very likely be aggressive to humans and possibly injure people.

Cumberland County WCO John Fetchkan reports that bald-eagle sightings are on the rise, especially near the larger creeks and State Game Lands 169. Unfortunately, however, a juvenile eagle had to be euthanized due to its severe injuries. The eagle most likely was feeding on a fresh road-killed deer when a vehicle hit it as it tried to fly off.

York County WCO Kyle Jury related that law-enforcement efforts in his district have recently been focused on State Game Lands 242 shooting range regulations and general game lands regulations. During a shooting-range detail performed earlier this month, several Game Commission officers detected nine violations resulting in five summary charges. Officers continue to monitor the shooting range throughout the year in an effort to provide a safe and maintainable shooting environment for the public.

Snyder County WCO Harold J. Malehorn reports that he picked up a bald eagle that flew through the windshield of a pickup truck. The driver was headed home to New York, traveling north on routes 11 and 15. The eagle went through the windshield and struck the driver in the face and chest, causing minor injuries.

York County WCO Shawn Musser reports that several people have been cited for mudding in areas closed to vehicle traffic, as well as building bonfires where there are signs clearly indicating such activity is unlawful.

Blair and Huntingdon counties LMO Chris Skipper reported that the Blair County Food and Cover crew recently completed a dirt and gravel road project administered through the Blair County Conservation District. This road improvement on State Game Lands 166 will provide better access for hunters, trappers, fishermen and the residents along the road.

Bedford County WCO Salvadore Zaffuto reports a resident of Bedford pleaded guilty to killing a hen turkey out of season.

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