Southeast Field Officer Report   - November 21, 2014

Berks County WCO Dave Brockmeier reports that an individual was apprehended for the illegal killing of an antlerless deer, thanks to the good work of the Penn State Berks Campus Police. Multiple charges have been filed including the unlawful killing of big game and shooting on or across highways.

Berks County WCO Eric Anderson reports that while stocking pheasants on state game lands located in Berks County, many hunters were checked and several were found to be in violation by carrying unplugged shotguns. 

WCO Cadet Ben Rebuck, working with Berks County WCO Eric Anderson, reports a man was cited and successfully prosecuted for several range violations occurring on the State Game Lands 43 range.

Dauphin County WCO Mike Doherty reports that Emmanuel Wesleyan Church, in the little town of Gratz, just hosted one of the largest Hunter-Trapper education classes ever in Dauphin County. The class had 117 students, plus dozens of parents and grandparents sitting in as well. “A class this size presents special challenges in teaching and people-management,” he said. “Kudos to HTE coordinator Harold Daub and his volunteer instructors for making it a success.”

Lancaster County WCO John Veylupek and DWCO Justin Brian cited four horseback riders and one mountain biker for riding on non-designated trails on State Game Lands 156.

WCO Cadet Jason Wagner, working with Lancaster County WCO Greg Graham, reports that two men were cited for multiple violations at the Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area including entering the Controlled Area, hunting fall turkey during closed season and hunting without a valid license. One of the individuals had purchased a hunting license without first successfully completing the required Hunter-Trapper Education class. Citations also are being filed against an individual who shot into a safety zone while pheasant hunting, which resulted in pellets striking the state Fish and Boat Commission’s Southeast Regional headquarters building at Speedwell Forge.

Lancaster County WCO Dennis Warfel reports that two individuals, who were stopped for a late-spotlighting violation, were found to be in possession of three unlawfully taken deer. The two doe and a spike buck were taken with a .22 mag. rifle and through the use of a spotlight covered with a red lens. West Lampeter Township Police responded to assist and Officer Richard Buck filed charges for multiple violations relating to the vehicle license plate being stolen and the driver’s license being suspended. The passenger had an active warrant for his arrest and was transported to Lancaster County Prison.

Lehigh County WCO Kevin Halbfoerster reminds all who hunt to be aware of the area they are hunting, and to use common sense. “In my district, I have a very heavily used state game lands that sees activity throughout the year,” he said.  “There is also a rifle and shotgun range located within the game lands. Since the beginning of pheasant season, I had numerous issues ranging from person shot in line of fire for small game, a dog shot, a dog caught in a trap, road hunting, license violations, range violations and other numerous other issues.”

Schuylkill County WCO Kevin Clouser reports that citations will be filed on several pheasant hunters for various violations including of failure to wear required orange and unplugged shotguns.

Schuylkill County WCO Kevin Clouser reports that bears are on the move after a cold weather snap, with several being hit on the highways. The bear hunting forecast for the county looks very good.

Schuylkill County WCO Kevin Clouser reports that several poaching incidents across the county have occurred. Anyone with any information should contact the Southeast Region Office.

WCO Cadet Steven A. Brussese, working with Schuylkill County WCO Kevin Clouser, reports that he is working on an investigation that involves four deer being shot and left to lay where they stood in the Orwigsburg area. The firearm used is believed to be a large caliber rifle or shotgun with a slug.

Philadelphia and Delaware counties WCO Jerrold Czech Jr. reports that workers from Exelon Energy built and installed the new peregrine falcon nest box on the roof of the 11-story main building at the Exelon Eddystone power plant along the Delaware River in Delaware County.  “This will give the falcons a new place to nest due to the demolition of the crusher house, where the falcons nested previously,” he said. “Many thanks to everyone at Exelon for building and installing the new nest box and for all their assistance with the falcons.

Berks and Schuylkill counties LMGS Matthew D. Belding reports that the Food and Cover Corps crews have been busy preparing the roads for the public to drive on during the hunting season. “Check the website for the list of roads open during the hunting seasons,” he said. 

Berks and Schuylkill counties LMGS Matthew D. Belding reports that the crews are finishing up maintaining the boundary lines on several game lands and posting the parking lot with the rules and regulation signs, while picking up the litter that people continuously dump in the parking lots.

Environmental Education Specialist Bert Myers reports that the waterfowl hunting season opened at the Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area with the annual youth hunt. Twenty-eight junior hunters participated and 10 were able to bag a Canada goose. In addition, five ducks were harvested with the bag including black ducks, shovelers and wigeon. “Many thanks to the Susquehanna River Waterfowlers for their assistance in making the day a memorable one for all the participants,” he said.

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