Southcentral Field Officer Report  - August 29, 2014

Adams County WCO Cory M. Ammerman reports that, in late July, an antlerless deer was shot with a high-caliber rifle at approximately 1 a.m. in Hamiltonban Township. The investigation is still ongoing. The carcass of the animal was left at the scene. Any persons with information are asked to call the Southcentral Regional Office at (814) 643-1831. 

Land Management Group Supervisor Steve Bernardi reports that some folks seem to think it is OK to damage gates on roads that are closed to public access. Roads are closed for a number of reasons; some of which are to reduce disturbance to wildlife, increase habitat protection, stop illegal dumping and to reduce maintenance costs. Someone has damaged our gates several times to gain access through a closed road at State Game Lands 281 in Perry County. When apprehended, fines and costs will be applied. The investigation continues. 

Blair County WCO William Brehun reports that a Bellwood resident was found guilty at a summary hearing after being charged with a permit violation that occurred in February 2014.

Bedford County WCO Jeremy Coughenour reports that a Bedford County man was recently cited and pleaded guilty to purchasing a hunting license while on revocation. The individual was not permitted to buy a license due to a previous poaching incident. He gave false information to an issuing agent in hopes that the computer system would not recognize that he was on revocation. The individual was fined $1,000.

Cumberland County WCO John Fetchkan reports that Big Spring Fish and Game Sportsman Club held its annual Hunter-Trapper Education class recently. 
All of the students passed. Also deer numbers seem to be increasing especially in WMU 4B, based on the number of deer being seen and the reports of roadkills.  

York County WCO Kyle Jury reports that, throughout the month of July, and to some extent over the entire summer, there has been evidence of ATV activity on the State Game Lands in Franklintown.  Neighboring property owners are suspected to be involved in the unlawful activity, at least to the point of providing an access point to the public land. The area where most activity is being reported is located along Gameland Road in
Franklin Township, between Franklintown Road and Clearview Road. The use of ATVs on state game lands is prohibited unless a permitted hunter is using a designated handicapped-access trail.  If anyone has information that may benefit the investigation, please contact the Southcentral Regional Office at (814) 643-1831.
Fulton County WCO Justin Klugh and several other WCOs assisted state and local police agencies in an arrest warrant sweep in Huntingdon County following a two-year investigation by the Attorney General’s office.

York County WCO Steve Knickel reports that nearly a dozen individuals have been cited for using the rifle and pistol ranges on State Game Lands 242 prior to noon on Sundays in the past month. Shooting is not permitted until after that hour.

Snyder County WCO Harold Malehorn closed one case where an individual pleaded guilty on two citations to intentionally running over a fox pup. He filed a citation on an individual for driving a motor vehicle on a neighbor’s field. A few months earlier, the defendant was told by the landowner to not drive on the property. 

Mifflin County WCO Jeff Mock reports that for the first time in 21 years on the job this is the first year that he did not have to take a fawn away from someone. 

York County WCO Shawn Musser reports that charges have been filed stemming from a poaching incident. Two individuals were riding an ATV through a standing cornfield, damaging the corn. They then shot a deer. They hid the ATV and rifle and managed to get the deer out of the field undetected. During the investigation, it was found that a man had borrowed his stepmother’s ATV and his father’s rifle to go on his poaching spree. Furthermore, this poacher is a convicted felon not to possess firearms. He was charged with felony gun possession, felony agricultural crop damage, agricultural vandalism, unlawful taking of  big game in a closed season as well as a plethora of other charges. Charges are also being filed on the father and stepmother for their part in aiding and assisting this individual on his criminal poaching spree.

Huntingdon County WCO Amy Nabozny recently did a bear program for a Camp Cadet for approximately 45 young boys. After placing a tattoo on the inner lip of the bear, the one boy wanted to know if he could also get a tattoo. 

Land Management Group Supervisor Chris Skipper reports seeing several nice bucks on the Raystown property during recent visits. They were in the food plots that were planted for wildlife and it’s nice to see the fruits of the crew’s labor being used.

Cumberland County WCO Tim Wenrich conducted a Pennsylvania hunting orientation at the Carlisle War College. The audience was comprised of this year’s students that recently checked in. They all have wonderful hunting and outdoor experience to share from around the country and, in some cases, even the world. Wenrich stated “We’re honored and proud to host them here in Penn’s Woods and wish them a safe and enjoyable season.”

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