|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
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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
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
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Seasonal Roads Open for Hunting & Trapping
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Public Shooting Ranges
Public Shooting Ranges in the Southeast Region
Field Officer Reports - January 29, 2016
Berks County WCO Matt Teehan reports an increasing number of high-profile cases over recent years. These cases might involve multiple big-game violations, harvests well over the bag limit, execution of search warrants large-scale marijuana cultivation on game lands or extensive damage to property. “This may seem to be the norm for the newer officers, but officers with a couple of decades under their belts have seen a major increase in the threat to our natural resources, and to officer safety,” he said.
Buck County WCO Shawna Burkett reports investigating several dumping complaints over the course of the hunting seasons. One instance involved someone leaving several striped bass carcasses in a Game Commission parking lot. Another included a hunter who disposed of three antlerless deer carcasses on private property. “Hunters are reminded that such waste is able to be disposed of with their household trash,” she said.
Chester County WCO Matthew Johnson reports that charges were filed against multiple hunters this season for transporting the high-risk parts of harvested deer out of Disease Management Area 2. The deer parts were found at multiple butchers in Chester County by officers and other Game Commission employees. “It is the hunter’s responsibility to be aware of Disease Management Area boundaries and the rules related to those areas,” he said. Refer to the Game Commission’s website or the deer section in the Hunting & Trapping Digest for full details. Hunters also are advised DMA boundaries might change as new cases of chronic wasting disease are detected, and sampling occurs throughout the year. The latest information, however, always is available at the website.
Chester County WCO Keith Mullin reports that the eagles in the Homeville area have built two new nests to replace the nest that fell last season. The pair has not yet decided on which nest it will use this year. There are also reports of a new eagle nest at the Maryland line. Mullin has found what appears to be a nest but cannot yet confirm if eagles are using it.
Dauphin County WCO Scott Frederick of cited two individuals on the Susquehanna River for waterfowl violations that included not having Federal Duck Stamps and not carrying identification or their current, valid hunting licenses with them. “Even if one has purchased their hunting license and fails to have it with them while they are engaged in a hunting activity in the field, it can result in a citation equal to that for not buying a hunting license at all,” he said. “Make sure you have your license with you.”
Delaware County WCO Justin Ritter reports that an individual has been charged for the unlawful taking of an antlerless deer on Christmas eve. The individual did not possess any antlerless tags and the deer season was not open. The individual was caught after a concerned citizen called Radnor Police Department; which in return called a Deputy Wildlife Conservation Officer to assist.
Delaware County WCO Justin Ritter reports that a five waterfowl hunters have been cited for various violations. The violations include unplugged shotguns, possessing lead or toxic shot, not having a Federal Duck Stamp and unsigned stamps. Other violations included not reporting harvested deer and an unsigned license. Pennsylvania State Police made the initial stop of the hunters followed by a Deputy Wildlife Conservation Officer.
Lebanon County WCO Brian Sheetz reports that eagle nests in the district all seem to have nesting activity. He has been able to see the pair working on most of the nests.
Lebanon County WCO Brian Sheetz reports that all Hunter-Trapper Education classes have been scheduled for Lebanon County. The first two classes are almost full, so please make sure if you need a class this year, to schedule early enough.
Lehigh and Northampton counties WCO Tyler Kreider reports that a Freemansburg man that was charged for shooting an arrow into a local resident’s back patio door has pleaded guilty and will pay fines and restitution totaling $1,450.
Montgomery County WCO Raymond Madden reports that he is working on multiple ongoing relating to unlawful killing of deer.
Northampton County WCO Brad Kreider reports that bald-eagle sightings are common with extended warm weather.
Northampton County WCO Brad Kreider reports that high concentrations of snow and Canada geese are drawing waterfowl hunters from across the state, and a few nonresident hunters were field checked, too. “Some hunters are traveling several hours just to hunt snows, with some groups coming in the day prior to set up 1,000 plus decoys,” he said.
Schuylkill County WCO Joel Gibble reports that charges have been filed against an individual who shot a doe over bait after the close of the season, and also shot a deer in the fall and did not tag it.
Chester, Lancaster and York counties LMGS Linda Swank reports that the crews worked together with the region foresters to take down a deer enclosure fence around an old timber cut on State Game Lands 156. The regrowth is now large enough in the enclosure that the fence is no longer needed. “With everyone working together, the fence was down and materials stockpiled before the big snow hit,” she said. “Great job, everyone.”