Berks County WCO Dave Brockmeier and Berks/Schuylkill County LMGS Matthew D. Belding report that the annual State Game Lands 110 tour was held Oct. 19. The tour goes across the top of Blue Mountain, straddling the Berks and Schuylkill county line. “We had 711 people in 285 cars, participate in the 8-mile trip,” said Belding. “Unfortunately, everyone was gone when a mature bald eagle glided over the location where we had our display tent located,” added Brockmeier.
WCO Cadet Eric M. Kelly, working with Berks County WCO Matt Teehan, reports that while on field training on opening day of antlerless muzzleloader season, they handled multiple incidents including an orange violation, federal duck stamp violation and an incident involving dove hunters with one shooting over the limit and another shooting across a road.
Berks County WCO Eric Anderson reports that a woman is currently under investigation for the possession of illegally obtained exotic pets. “A hybrid cat has been allowed to roam the neighborhood and has even killed a few of her neighbor’s chickens,” he said.
WCO Cadet Eric McBride, working with Bucks County WCO John Papson, addressed several violations involving deer-attractant permits. Owners were warned and feeder locations were shut down for 30 days. Permit holders are reminded to follow the provided regulations.
WCO Cadet Eric McBride, working with Bucks County WCO John Papson, reports an investigation is underway following the illegal killing of two antlerless deer. The deer were killed at night from the road.
WCO Cadet Eric McBride, working with Bucks County WCO John Papson, reports that they have checked several groups of successful hunters during the youth pheasant season.
Dauphin County WCO Mike Doherty reports every bowhunter would be wise to take a Successful Bowhunting class offered by the Game Commission. The course teaches hunters how to make their shots count, and track a wounded animal.
Lancaster County WCO John Veylupek reports that DWCO Jack Bennett apprehended an individual speeding on a dirt bike on State Game Lands 156. Multiple charges, including resisting or interfering with an officer, have been filed.
WCO Cadet Thomas Kline, working with Lancaster County WCO Greg Graham, reports two archery hunters were cited on Saturday for failing to wear the proper fluorescent orange required during the overlap with the early muzzleloader season.
WCO Cadet Justin Ritter, working with Lancaster County WCO Dennis Warfel, reports that there have been numerous violations with archery hunters not wearing the required amount of orange during overlap seasons. Also, a hunter was cited for illegal possession and transportation of an untagged deer.
Lehigh County WCO Kevin Halbfoerster reports that an individual was cited for taking two deer without a valid hunting license, and charged with two counts of hunting without a required license, two counts of not tagging the deer, as well as with unlawfully acquiring a license without taking the mandatory Hunter-Trapper Education class, and for not signing a license. The fines and replacement costs for the deer could add up to more than $6,000.
WCO Cadet Amanda Powell, working with Lehigh/Northampton County WCO Shawna Burkett, reports that they have been getting several calls about baited stands during this archery season. “I want to remind hunters that food for animals should be cleaned up 30 days prior to any hunting season,” she said.
Schuylkill County WCO Kevin Clouser reports that citations will be filed on several people for shooting in a safety zone and across a highway while attempting to kill a deer.
WCO Cadet Jeremy Febinger, working with Schuylkill County WCO Kevin Clouser and Lebanon County WCO Brian Sheetz, reports that a potential trophy-class buck was taken illegally through the use of bait on State Game Lands 211. Multiple items were seized including the antlers, hide, meat, a tree stand and several game cameras. “The antlers will be scored to determine if the trophy restitution of $5,000 will be sought,” he said. He also reports that two people were charged for placing bait on the game lands and hunting through the use of bait, as well as unlawful taking or possession of game or wildlife.