Southwest Field Officer Report  - March 27, 2015

Allegheny County WCO Dan Puhala reports that a local man recently pleaded guilty at a summary trial for killing an antlered deer after dark behind his home. The deer was shot with archery equipment about two hours after dark in a residential area. Local residents witnessed the violation and reported it, as they were very upset about seeing this happen in their neighborhood. As part of a plea agreement, the individual was assessed a $1,000 fine and will face the possibility of a hunting-license revocation.

Allegheny County WCO Dan Puhala reports that a local hunter recently was convicted of hunting deer with a muzzleloader during the archery season and not tagging a deer earlier that he shot with a crossbow.

Allegheny County WCO Dan Puhala reports that a local hunter recently pleaded guilty to hunting deer with a centerfire rifle in Allegheny County, and for shooting at random with that rifle while hunting on State Game Lands 203 this past deer season. The hunter was assessed $500 in fines for the violations.

Beaver County WCO Matt Kramer reports that Hunter-Trapper Education courses for spring are now posted on the Game Commission’s website. All first-time hunters and trappers are required to take this course.  Register early to reserve a spot. These courses, taught by a team of volunteer instructors, are full of excellent information about laws, hunting techniques and safe hunting.

Beaver County WCO Matt Kramer reports that a Washington County resident was found guilty of hunting with a centerfire rifle in Allegheny County, a Special Regulations Area. The hunter was hunting for coyotes using a .243 rifle.

Fayette County WCO Andrew Harvey reports that he recently investigated four deer shot in closed season inside numerous safety zones.

Greene County WCO Amanda Powell reports that individuals have been cited for using the State Game Lands 223 shooting range without possessing a range permit, hunting or furtaking license.

Indiana County WCO Chris Reidmiller reports that a Seward woman recently pleaded guilty to assisting in the unlawful taking of an antlerless deer. The woman held the spotlight for her cousin to shoot the deer at approximately 2 a.m. A hearing is being held for the other defendant at a later date.

Indiana County WCO Chris Reidmiller reports that the dumping of household trash is beginning to occur on lands open to public hunting. “Many people tend to clean up around the house as the weather warms up and instead of paying for trash service or taking the trash to a landfill, some individuals choose to just throw it where they don’t think anyone will find it. Not only is this a serious misuse of our beautiful woodlands and swamps, it can cost the individual hundreds, and potentially thousands of dollars, depending on the severity of the dumping,” he said.

Somerset County WCO Brian Witherite reports that, despite the cold winter in the Laurel Highlands, wildlife seem to be enduring well. On recent patrols, flocks of turkeys and herds of deer have been observed.

Somerset County WCO Brian Witherite reports that an individual was found guilty in court for killing a bear during the archery bear season in an area that was baited. Fines and costs were $2,600 and the loss of the individual’s hunting and trapping privileges for several years will be applied.

Somerset County WCO Brian Witherite reports that the annual Hunter-Trapper Education instructor training workshop was conducted at Oakhurst Tea Room in Somerset. Instructors received training on program changes and administrating the program.

Somerset County WCO Brian Witherite reports that an individual who shot and killed multiple deer in one episode without the required big-game tags during the firearms deer season had all charges bound over to court at a recent preliminary hearing. This individual faces large fines and the loss of his hunting privileges. 

Somerset County WCO Brian Witherite reports that with the spring thaw arriving, wildlife has emerged. Despite the harsh conditions here in the Laurel Highlands the critters have weathered well.

Washington and Allegheny counties WCO Chris Bergman reports that two individuals have pleaded guilty to riding ATVs on Hunter Access property in Forward Township.

Washington and Allegheny counties WCO Chris Bergman reports that charges have been filed against two Allegheny County residents for killing an antlerless deer during a closed season in Jefferson Borough. 

Washington and Allegheny counties WCO Chris Bergman reports that numerous charges have been filed against individuals transporting high-risk parts from harvested deer into Allegheny County from a CWD Disease Management Area.

Washington Allegheny counties WCO Chris Bergman reports that an individual pleaded guilty to archery hunting during the late archery season without buying an archery license.










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