Northwest Region Field Report  - October 24, 2014

Crawford County WCO Jacob J. Olexsak reports a man was recently charged with possession of lead shot and a loaded shotgun in a motorized vehicle while hunting geese on Conneaut Lake.

Crawford County WCO Jacob J. Olexsak reports that charges have been filed on two individuals hunting geese in a closed area on State Game Lands 214. Neither man had the required migratory bird license and one individual, who is a Texas resident, purchased a fraudulent general license.

Crawford County WCO Jacob J. Olexsak reports that eight hunters are facing charges for hunting geese during the closed season on State Game Lands 214.

Crawford County WCO Jacob J. Olexsak reports that a yearlong investigation has resulted in four individuals being charged for killing or possessing 14 illegal deer. Many of the deer were shot at night and others were killed during archery season with a firearm by unlicensed individuals. A total of 58 citations were filed in the case with possible fines, costs and restitution reaching upward of $60,000.

Crawford County WCO Jacob J. Olexsak reports that two junior hunters were discovered hunting unaccompanied over a large bait pile on the first day of archery season. Charges will be filed against the adult who was responsible for their actions.

Erie County WCO Michael A. Girosky reports that there were two search warrants served in the Girard area where many parts of protected birds including hawks, owls, gulls and turkeys, were seized. Charges are pending.

Erie County WCO Darin L. Clark reports that with hunting season getting in full swing he is checking a lot of licenses and finding numerous problems. Hunters need to check their licenses after they purchase them to ensure all licenses and tags they need are present. Clark has checked several hunters who thought they had licenses that they did not. Also make sure the license is signed in all required places. Forgetting to sign antlerless licenses is a very common problem.

Jefferson County WCO Roger A. Hartless reports that while patrolling one evening during the first week of archery season, he encountered a vehicle parked in a remote area where people commonly hunt. As he approached the vehicle on foot, he noticed that there were three individuals seated inside the vehicle. One of the individuals had drug paraphernalia lying on the seat next to him in plain view. The state police were contacted and a trooper responded. A quantity of suspected marijuana and synthetic marijuana were recovered from the vehicle by the trooper. The state police have taken control of the case and charges are pending.

WCO Cadet Michael Goodenow, working in Jefferson County, reports that during the first week of the archery deer season several individuals were discovered hunting through the use of bait. Some of these hunters were also found to be damaging trees by utilizing screw-in steps or cutting trees for shooting lanes. There was one violation for operating an ATV on property controlled by the commission. Charges are pending.
Jefferson County WCO Andrew D. Troutman recently cited several people for riding ATVs and dirt bikes on a cooperator property. Most didn’t even know who the landowners were. Two adults said they rode there when they were kids but never asked permission. Bottom line:  GET PERMISSION!

Warren County WCO Jason R. Amory reports that charges are pending against two individuals for hunting through the use of bait on State Game Lands 29 in Warren County. The individuals were using mineral substances to artificially attract wildlife at six separate stand locations. WCO Amory reminds hunters that hunting through the use of bait is illegal and that any feeding on lands under ownership or control agreement with the Pennsylvania Game Commission is also prohibited.

Butler/Lawrence County LMGS Jeffery T. Kendall reports soft mast is great in some areas of the game lands. Acorns are plentiful in some areas while in others they are very scarce. If you do your homework, you should find some good hunting this year.

Crawford/Erie County LMGS Shayne A. Hoachlander recently attended Prescribed Fire Training that is required to hold the position of burn boss at prescribed fires. The training involves classroom instruction, as well as a practicum in which each participant conducts and leads live prescribed fire exercises.

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