Northcentral Field Officer Report  - December 5, 2014

Cameron County WCO Wayne A. Hunt reports an increase in illegal motorized access to Forest Game Cooperator property belonging to Seneca Resources. The cooperator has thousands of acres of property open for public use by hunters under walk-in only conditions.

Lycoming County WCO Jonathan M. Wyant reminds successful hunters to send in harvest report cards. This helps the Game Commission determine how many animals are harvested, and it’s an obligation by law.

McKean County WCO Tom Sabolcik reports several citations have been issued to individuals for unlawfully operating ATVs on properties posted against ATV use. The ATV riders were trapping. One individual arrogantly stated that he was conducting a public service by trapping coyotes and that he felt that his trapping efforts trumped the landowner’s property rights.

Elk County WCO Susan Edmiston reports the investigation of a self-inflicted Hunting Related Shooting Incident (HRSI) occurring on Nov. 25 in Highland Township. An individual was hunting squirrels, when his .22 rifle became tangled in some brush he was walking through. When he pulled on the rifle to free it, the firearm discharged, striking the hunter in the inside of the lower left leg. The individual drove himself to Kane Community Hospital, where he was admitted and the bullet was removed from the outside of the left ankle during surgery. Thankfully, the hunter’s injury was not more serious. Edmiston reminds all hunters to always keep firearm muzzles pointed in a safe direction.

WCO Dirk Remensnyder reports citing a hunter for the second time in two years for hunting while on license revocation.

Potter County WCO Bill Ragosta reports a lot of nice bucks being harvested in the rifle deer season and a large number of prosecutions for violations of the game law. Those citations include but are not limited to a large number of baiting violations, orange violations, tagging violations, unlawfully killed deer, nonresidents hunting in Pennsylvania without the required license, and ATV violations.

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