Southcentral Field Officer Report  - October 10, 2014

Adams County WCO Cory M. Ammerman reports that, in the month of September, two individuals were cited for littering on lands open to hunting and fishing. Their fines were in excess of $600. Another individual was cited for a loaded firearm in a vehicle, as well as possession of a small amount of marijuana. Several other citations were issued, including for unlawful taking of waterfowl, and hunting with an unplugged shotgun.    

Perry County WCO Kevin Anderson reports that he is seeking information regarding a buck that was illegally killed on Sept. 29 along Buck’s Valley Road. The animal weighed 228 pounds and its rack green scored 157 inches.  Anyone with information is urged to call the Southcentral Region Dispatch Center at 814-643-1831. Rewards are offered for information leading to a successful prosecution.

Blair County WCO William Brehun reports that numerous illegal tree stands have been found on state game lands in Tyrone and Snyder townships. He wants to remind everyone that it is unlawful to damage any tree when placing a tree stand on state game lands. Any screw-in steps or equipment hangers of any type placed into the tree causing damage will result in a citation.

Bedford County WCO Jeremy Coughenour reports that charges filed in the month of September include; spotlighting for wildlife after 11 p.m., spotlighting for wildlife while in possession of archery equipment and firearms, and placing feed for deer in a Disease Management Area.

Cumberland County WCO John Fetchkan reports that violations during the September goose season were minimal. Several hunters were warned for unsigned duck stamps and a few were cited for not being in possession of their current license. Current deer poaching cases involved five individuals in two separate incidents.  

Land Management Group Supervisor Eric Horsh reports that he is seeking information on the illegal use of mountain bikes on State Game Lands 305 near Boiling Springs in Cumberland County. The illegal activity has established several miles of trials that contribute to the erosion of valuable soils and take up man hours to fix the damage done. Sportsmen’s dollars could be better used to create habitat rather than repairing damage done by reckless acts such as this.

Wildlife Conservation Officers in the area will also be ensuring that all CWD regulations are being followed this hunting season in Disease Management Area 1. DMA 1 includes most of York County north of Route 30, and State Game Lands 242 and 243. For more information on these regulations and DMA boundaries, refer to this year’s Hunting & Trapping Digest.      

Fulton County WCO Justin Klugh said there has been an increase of ATV usage on State Game Lands 65. Two people were apprehended and charges filed.

Mifflin County WCO Jeff Mock reports that two Mifflin County residents are facing charges of possession of a deer that was unlawfully taken.  A concerned citizen tipped off officers that an individual was in possession of a 9-point buck that was clearly shot in the head. The individual was approached and asked about the deer. He indicated that he found it and knew that it was shot in the head. He still thought that it was OK that he take the unlawfully killed deer home, give the meat to another person for a cookout, and keep the head and antlers for himself.

York County WCO Shawn Musser reports that a man was cited for hunting over bait. This occurred on State Game Lands 83. “What makes this more disheartening is the fact that he had his daughter, a junior hunter, with him” Musser said. “It’s bad enough when someone breaks the law, its worse when they teach those habits to the young hunters coming along.”

Huntingdon County WCO Amy Nabozny recently held a Hunter-Trapper Education class in the Northern Huntingdon area. The class was hosted by Twin Creeks Ambulance and there were a total of 29 successful graduates from the class. 

Blair and Huntingdon counties LMO Chris Skipper reports that with the hunting seasons at hand, seasonally opened roads are located throughout the state game lands. Hunters are reminded to be courteous to other drivers, and to keep vehicles out of fields and other areas closed to motorized vehicles.

Cumberland County WCO Tim Wenrich reports he apprehended three individuals for using/possessing a controlled substance and paraphernalia on State Game Lands 170. Charges are pending.

Bedford County WCO Salvadore Zaffuto reports that an Everett man has been charged with having illegal bear parts without first obtaining a valid permit. The individual had picked up a road-killed bear, and took it to work to show it off and remove parts of the bear for keepsakes.

Bedford-Fulton County LMO Jonathan S. Zuck reports he investigating numerous instances where activities conducted by neighboring private landowners and a local municipality are encroaching on state game lands. Zuck states it is unlawful for any person, group, or entity to mow, cut, place structures (other than portable tree stands), or conduct any other activities on game lands without permission from the Pennsylvania Game Commission. The boundaries for the game lands normally are clearly marked with painted white blazes on trees, as well as boundary signs, so there is no legitimate excuse for these activities. Those found encroaching on state game lands can be punished by fines and be forced to pay restitution for any damages.

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