Allegheny County WCO Dan Puhala reports that, with the arrival of fall, shooting range use at the State Game Lands 203 once again has begun to steadily increase. “Over the past couple of weeks, several individuals have been cited for using the range without a valid hunting or furtaker license, or range-use permit. Also, several shooters were found to have hunting licenses from 2013-14, which expired June 30,” he said. “Those using the range are encouraged to make sure licenses or permits are current and kept in possession while at the range. The fine for using the range without a valid license or range-use permit is a $100 to $200, plus court costs. A range-use permit is $30 and an adult resident hunting license is $20.70.”
WCO Cadet Andrew Harvey – while on field assignment with Allegheny County WCO Dan Puhala – reports that multiple citations were issued for hunting through the use of bait. “Everyone is reminded that all bait must be removed in its entirety 30 days prior to the start of hunting season. Anyone who comes across a baited area can report it to the Southwest Region office at (724) 238-9523,” he said.
WCO Cadet Blake Barth – while on field assignment with Armstrong County WCO Rodney Burns – reports seeing an impressive number of deer while on patrol throughout the county and also was involved in processing a black bear on his first day of his assignment.
WCO Cadet Blake Barth – while on field assignment with Armstrong County WCO Rodney Burns – reports on an interesting case on the first day of patrol for the archery season. “The hunter saw us coming and decided he wanted to get away. He ran out of his blind, but only made it several yards before the heavy growth of greenbrier stopped him in his tracks. The man was found to be hunting through the use of bait and not having an archery license,” he said.
Beaver County WCO Matt Kramer reports that, on the opening day of early goose season, a hunter was hunting geese without the required federal duck stamp. “The hunter had purchased his hunting license the day before, a Sunday, and was unable to go to the local post office to purchase her duck stamp. The $15 duck stamp ended up costing over $150 in the form of a citation,” he said.
WCO Cadet Ben Rebuck – while on field assignment with Cambria County WCO Seth Mesoras – reports three individuals were cited for hunting through the use of bait on the opening day of archery season.
Fayette/Westmoreland counties WCO Jason Farabaugh reports that several citations were filed recently on a Connellsville man for providing false identification, making false statements, and operating an unregistered ATV on the Hanson Aggregates cooperative access property.
Somerset County WCO Shawn Barron reports that illegal ATV use is increasing in Somerset County. Some of the trails and roads on State Game Lands 111 are receiving severe damage due to illegal riding and patrols have been stepped up.
Somerset County WCO Shawn Barron reports that illegal baiting of wildlife is becoming more frequent with each passing year. Hunters are reminded that all manmade and natural attractants that have been placed to entice game or wildlife must be removed 30 days prior to the season that the individual wishes to hunt.
Washington County WCO Richard W. Joyce reports that charges have been filed on four individuals for driving on fields and attempting to flee from officers in Greene County.
Washington County WCO Richard W. Joyce reports charges have been filed on two individuals for spotlighting after 11 p.m. in Greene County.
Washington County WCO Richard W. Joyce reports that a case from last deer season has finally been adjudicated at Washington County Court of Summary Appeals. “The defendant was found guilty for the second time at the appeal hearing. The defendant was found guilty of unlawful possession of game or wildlife, false or fraudulent statements on reports and trespass on private property while hunting. The defendant was fined a total of $900 and an additional $750 in restitution as well as a possible revocation of hunting licenses for one year,” he said.
Westmoreland County WCO Michael J. Papinchak reports that on the opening day of the 2B early archery season, two individuals were found hunting through the use of bait. The investigation uncovered evidence that one of those individuals had taken a turkey over the limit in an earlier spring turkey season. Citations have been filed.
WCO Cadet Matthew Johnson – while on field assignment with Westmoreland County WCO Brian Singer – reports that prior to and including the first day of archery deer season, several hunting locations had been identified where bait had been placed to attract deer. “Several hunters were found at these locations and were issued citations for hunting through the use of bait,” he said.