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 - May 8, 2015

Adams County WCO Cory M. Ammerman reports that drug charges will be filed against three Fayetteville residents who were found to be in possession of synthetic marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Franklin County WCO Douglas Barrick reports that one individual was charged with littering after the carcass of the deer he killed was found on another's property – the hunter's tag still attached to the ear of the deer.

Blair County WCO Bill Brehun reports that a Tyrone resident pleaded guilty after being charged for littering behind Smith Transport trucking company.

Adams County WCO Darren David reports that several investigations are underway. One involves a live deer fawn taken from the wild last year, and kept in someone's home before being released weeks later. The deer, a yearling buck, had lost its fear of humans. If it had not died over the winter, it might have represented a serious danger to the public during the fall rut. In another case, teenage boys allegedly destroyed a goose nest by stomping on it, and in another trash was dumped on the Michaux State Forest. Also, nighttime shooting was reported to have occurred recently in an orchard area.

Franklin County WCO Eric Anderson reported that a Greencastle man is facing charges for trapping after the close of the season, as well as the unlawful taking of raccoons.

Cumberland County WCO John Fetchkan reports that two deer were poached from a residence that had salt and corn placed in a convenient spot so the person could just shoot from the house. A search warrant was obtained and evidence from the incident was seized.

York County WCO Kyle Jury reported that, in the northern York County area, charges recently have been filed stemming from a search warrant served in the Dillsburg area. The warrant involved a local taxidermy shop and charges filed include alleged game and wildlife violations and criminal violations. Not all charges from the Carroll Township case have been adjudicated at this time.

Perry County WCO Kevin Anderson reported that a Perry County man recently pleaded guilty to hunting under the influence. The man was encountered during a foot patrol in October 2014 and consented to a blood test after failing field sobriety tests. A forensic blood test determined his blood alcohol level was 0.128 percent. He was ordered to pay $1,500 in fines, serve a six-month probation, and pay for the cost of the blood test.

Fulton County WCO Justin Klugh filed a citation on an individual for littering after Fulton County Food and Cover workers found trash dumped in a parking lot on State Game Lands 128.

York County WCO Steve Knickel reports that two individuals recently pleaded guilty to more than 30 charges relating to the killing and taking of various game and non-game animals through bait, traps, BB guns, and other unlawful devices. Animals included but were not limited to songbirds, squirrels, deer, and a red-tail hawk.

Huntingdon County WCO Richard Macklem reports that, while patrolling his district with Waterways Conservation Officers from the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission, he has noticed the ice on Raystown Lake is almost gone and there are some people already taking advantage of it by fishing and some even starting to boat.

Snyder County WCO Harold Malehorn filed citations against two individuals for dumping garbage. One incient occurred on State Game Lands 188 and the other was on private property.  Each defendant faces a minimum $250 fine.

Mifflin County WCO Jeff Mock reported "When you put food out for wildlife, you don't get to
choose which wildlife eats it." He repeats that several times a week this time of year, explaining
to people with birdfeeders that bears really do like sunflower seeds.

Blair and Huntingdon counties LMO Chris Skipper reminds hunters not to throw unfired ammunition onto the state game lands. During a recent prescribed fire on State Game Lands 99, two to three rounds of ammunition went off adjacent to a parking lot.

Cumberland County WCO Tim Wenrich reports there have been five recent cases of unlawful off-road vehicle activity on a local hunter access property, despite efforts by the landowner to block trails and deter unwanted vehicles. "Those who are found in violation not only face the charge for driving on the property unlawfully, but also a charge for damage to the property caused by them," Wenrich said.

Bedford County WCO Salvadore Zaffuto reports a Six Mile Run resident was found guilty of being in possession of five deer over the limit and an illegally taken bobcat. This individual is facing a fine of $10,000 and loss of license for up to 15 years.

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Pennsylvania Game Commission, 2001 Elmerton Ave, Harrisburg Pennsylvania 17110-9797