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Southeast Region

Southeast

Bruce Metz, Director

Serving the following Counties: Berks, Bucks, Chester, Dauphin, Delaware, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia, Schuylkill

253 Snyder Road
Reading, PA 19605

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

Phone: (610) 926-3136, (610) 926-3137

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Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area
Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area & Visitor Center information
Pennsylvania Game Commission
Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area
Kleinfeltersville, PA 17039
Phone: (717) 733-1512
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News Releases
March 1, 2016: Prescribed Grassland Fire Planned for Game Lands in Berks County
September 29, 2015: Special Deer Hunts At Middle Creek Set For Dec. 16 And Jan. 13
May 11, 2015: Charges Filed Against 5 For Killing Excessive Snow Geese

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 Southeast Region

Field Officer Reports - March 25, 2016

Berks County WCO Matt Teehan reports there are three active bald-eagle nests sites in the northeastern part of his district. Two nests were productive last year, but a new nest has appeared this year. The construction of the new nest started late. Perhaps a pair of eagles that nested initially in western Berks County, only to lose their two eggs to a storm earlier this month, has moved in.

Bucks County WCO Shawna Burkett reports investigating continued misuse of State Game Lands 157. The warm weather has yielded an influx of graffiti and illegal campfires near various parking areas on Haycock Mountain, despite increased enforcement efforts. The public is encouraged to report suspicious activity here to the Game Commission’s Southeast Region Office.

Chester County WCO Matthew Johnson reports that activity at the State Game Lands 43 rifle range has increased with the warm weather. Officers often find multiple violations when conducting law-enforcement checks at the range. If you visit a Game Commission range, remember that you are required to have a hunting or furtaker license or a Game Commission Shooting Range Permit, and have it with you while using the range. Also, before firing a shot, make sure you familiarize yourself with all rifle-range regulations, which are posted at ranges.

Dauphin County WCO Scott Frederick, along with Perry County WCO Kevin Anderson, discovered some illegal trapping sets in the Susquehanna River area between their two districts. Electronic and physical surveillances have been employed and the case is ongoing.

Delaware County WCO Justin Ritter reports that an individual was charged with three counts of unlawful taking or possession of game or wildlife. Information came in that the individual poached deer over bait in the backyard of his residence. The Bethel Township Police Department assisted the Game Commission in the search of the individual’s garage, which led to the seizure of 13 sets of antlers. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources and DWCO William Cosenza also assisted in the investigation.

Delaware County WCO Justin Ritter reports that two individuals were charged with safety-zone violations, unlawful hunting through the use of bait, unlawful taking or possession of game or wildlife, and the unlawful killing or taking of big game. The charges originated after the individuals tried to elude DWCO William Cosenza and Ritter during a field check.

Lancaster County WCO Greg Graham reports that the unlawful operation of drones marred the spectacular spring migration of snow geese at Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area. Many observers’ viewing and photographic opportunities were ruined by the irresponsible behavior in at least four incidents where drones were flown into the Controlled and Propagation Areas, resulting in the disturbance of flocks of snow geese that numbered in the tens of thousands. Resting and feeding snow geese unnecessarily burned precious energies needed for their long migration to Arctic breeding grounds. Additionally, in two cases, drones flew critically close to nesting bald eagles. Numerous criminal charges are pending.

Lancaster County WCO Greg Graham assisted at the National Archery in Schools Program state tournament in State College. Nearly 950 archers from fourth through 12th grades competed for an opportunity to qualify for nationals. This program is growing in popularity across the state. Ask your local school to contact the Game Commission to find out how to enroll.

Lancaster County WCO Greg Graham is investigating an incident where a black vulture was shot. The bird is recovering at a local wildlife rehabilitator.

Lebanon County WCO Brian Sheetz reports that it has been a very busy snow-goose season. Numerous citations have been filed for not having the correct license, not having a federal duck stamp and not possessing the required conservation permit.

Lebanon County WCO Brian Sheetz reports that one snow-goose hunter was charged with violations involving shooting on or across a roadway, violating safety-zone requirements, having a loaded firearm in a vehicle and 17 counts of unlawful taking or possession of wildlife. The hunter also did not have the required conservation permit that would allow him to hunt the in the late snow-goose season. “This successful prosecution was all thanks to concerned citizens coming forward and calling the new Operation Game Thief (OGT) tip line,” Sheetz said. “This same hunter was charged a month earlier for possessing waterfowl over the limit, also thanks to a call to Operation Game Thief at 1-888-PGC-8001.”

Lehigh and Northampton counties WCO Tyler Kreider reports that a Freemansburg man has pleaded guilty to charges resulting from damaging trees on private property during the late archery season. A reminder that damaging trees, whether alive or dead, without the express permission of the current landowner is unlawful while engaging in hunting-related activities.

Northampton County WCO Brad Kreider reports that black bears are out and about generating the first calls and complaints for this year.

Northampton County WCO Brad Kreider reports that two new bald-eagle nesting locations in the county have been reported and confirmed.

Schuylkill County WCO Joel Gibble reports he is seeking information about a case involving a deer that was unlawfully taken with an untagged snare off Route 61, north of St. Clair. In addition, other snares were found in the area near to the State Game Lands 326 parking lot.

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