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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 - March 28, 2016

Adams County WCO Cory M. Ammerman reports an individual was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol. Toxicology reports confirmed the defendant’s blood-alcohol content to be 0.263 percent, which is more than three times the legal driving limit. Ammerman also reports that two underage individuals were cited for possession of alcohol while on a Pennsylvania Game Commission cooperator property.

Blair County WCO William Brehun reports that an Altoona resident has been found guilty of possessing an untagged antlered deer during deer rifle season. The defendant was discovered attempting to load the deer on top of his vehicle without having the deer lawfully tagged. The harvest ear tag must be fully completed and attached to the ear before moving a big-game animal from the location of harvest.

Cumberland County WCO John Fetchkan reports that all of last year’s citations have been adjudicated successfully. Meanwhile, preparation and training for Hunter-Trapper Education is underway, and classes are being posted on the Game Commission’s website.

York County WCO Kyle Jury reports several reports of deer carcasses and parts being dumped in the northern York County were received in February. In most dumping cases, the culprit resides within a few miles of the dump site, so vehicles commonly seen in the area are a good clue for officers.

Fulton County WCO Justin Klugh reports that recent weeks have been busy with court proceedings. Defendants have been found guilty or pleaded guilty to multiple illegal-deer-possession, DUI and drug-possession cases.

York County WCO Steve Knickel reports 36 citations were filed against 35 individuals for violations of the Game Commission executive order pertaining to chronic wasting disease and Disease Management Area 1 in York and Adams counties. Most of these violations were for animals harvested within the boundaries of DMA 1, then taken to butcher shops outside DMA 1. Deer harvested within a DMA cannot be transported outside the DMA unless the high-risk parts (the head and spinal column) are removed first. Hunters who live outside a DMA in which they’re hunting should locate a processor within the DMA before heading afield, so they can take any deer they harvest there. Or they can make plans to visit a site on game lands where dumpsters have placed for the collection of high-risk parts. There, high-risk parts can be removed and properly disposed of before a hunter heads home.

Huntingdon County WCO Richard Macklem reports that an individual was cited for cutting firewood on state game lands. He has pleaded guilty.

York County WCO Shawn Musser reports that illegal dumping is increasing on game lands and Hunter Access properties. Lately, most illegally dumped trash has been construction waste. If anyone sees or has information on illegal dumping, please contact your region office and let the local WCO know.

Huntingdon County WCO Amy Nabozny has recently investigated several complaints of dogs pursuing deer. This is a serious offense, and if a deer is killed or seriously harmed by a dog, the owner is responsible for replacement costs associated with the deer, in addition to fines.

Bedford County WCO Brandon Pfister reports that two individuals from Huntingdon have charges pending for killing a turkey on Feb. 27, during a closed season.

Franklin County WCO Amanda Powell reports many bald-eagle nests are being monitored during the nesting season across Pennsylvania.

Blair and Huntingdon counties LMO Chris Skipper reported that many habitat activities are taking place on state game lands. Although sometimes not readily apparent, these all have a very specific goals. If you have questions about habitat projects on state game lands, contact your respective Region Office and talk with your local land manager or forester.

Cumberland County WCO Tim Wenrich reports he received final disposition on a case involving a bear being taken unlawfully two seasons ago. There were multiple offenders and the entire case would not have been prosecuted without a little information from some concerned sportsmen.

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