|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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|September 18, 2015: Game Commission Prepares For Controlled Burn on Bedford County State Game Lands|
|September 17, 2015: Game Commission Seeks Help in Finding Person Who Shot a Bald Eagle|
|August 11, 2015: Wildlife Conservation Officer assigned to Franklin County|
|July 9, 2015: Poached Bear Found in Belfast Township, Fulton County|
|July 7, 2015: Blair County Facility No Longer Can Accept Wildlife|
|April 8, 2015: Poached Bear Found in Buchanan State Forest|
|April 8, 2015: Hunter-Trapper Education Instructors Recognized|
|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
Access Routes for Hunters with Disabilities
Public Shooting Ranges
Public Shooting Ranges in the Southcentral Region
Field Officer Reports - November 6, 2015
Franklin County WCO Eric Anderson recently reported a Mercersburg man admitted to taking an 8-point whitetail with a rifle during archery season. The violator also assaulted a witness. Several charges are pending.
Perry County WCO Kevin Anderson reports that he is currently investigating a hunting related shooting incident where a dove hunter shot, and seriously injured, someone with whom he was hunting.
Bedford-Fulton County LMO Jonathan S. Zuck reports that a logging business illegally removed trees from State Game Lands 41 in Bedford County. Most of the trees were very large oaks, ranging from 24 to 36 inches in diameter. In addition to providing an important food source for wildlife, many of the trees also served as boundary lines for the game lands. Due to the theft of the trees, a portion of the boundary line had to be surveyed again, and repainted. The logging company was charged and found guilty of timber theft and for damaging the game-lands boundary. In addition to fines, the company was also ordered to pay $12,469.84 in restitution for materials and labor.
Blair County WCO William Brehun reports that an Altoona resident has been cited for archery hunting although his license had been revoked for failure to pay previous game-law fines.
Bedford County WCO Jeremy Coughenour reported that three Bedford County teenagers have been charged with killing two deer at night with a spotlight. One teen was riding in the bed of the pickup armed with a bow. A .22-caliber rifle was also present in the truck as they spotlighted for deer. Along with killing two deer, they also were charged with killing a raccoon out of season.
Cumberland County WCO John Fetchkan reports three individuals were involved in killing a deer, and attempting to take another. One of the violators was prohibited from possessing a firearm, and he is in Cumberland County prison awaiting his next court hearing.
York County WCO Kyle Jury reports recent violations in the Mount Wolf and York Haven areas. The Brunner Island property is closed to hunting and the prohibition is being strictly enforced. Violations encountered during the month of October included hunting through the use of bait, trespassing while hunting, not wearing the required amount of orange, and license violations. Hunters always are urged to secure permission from the landowner prior to hunting.
Fulton County WCO Justin Klugh reports encountering archery hunters who neglected to wear the required amount of fluorescent orange during the overlap with muzzleloader season, and that it was a bigger issue this year than in past years. Multiple citations have been filed.
York County WCO Steve Knickel reports that 35 citations were issued or filed last month for everything from drug use and mudding on public access land, to hunting without, with an unplugged shotgun, through the use of bait and failing to properly tag deer.
Mifflin County WCO Jeff Mock reports that three incidents of poaching deer are under investigation. All three deer were killed through the use of a spotlight. They were shot between 7:30 p.m. and 9 p.m.
Bedford and Huntingdon counties WCO Brandon Pfister reports charges are pending against three people from Saxton for the killing of five deer during the summer at night.
Blair and Huntingdon counties LMO Chris Skipper reminds hunters to brush up on tagging requirements, safety zones and fluorescent-orange requirements before heading out into the field.
Cumberland County WCO Tim Wenrich reports that he and his deputies encountered multiple incidents involving archery hunters not wearing the required fluorescent orange during the early muzzleloader season overlap. This specific regulation is applicable whether on private or public property and is subject to a summary citation.