WCO Cadet Eric M. Kelly, working with Berks County WCO Matt Teehan, reports that, while on field training on opening day of the regular archery season, they handled multiple incidents, including an illegal deer case. They conducted multiple interviews and the seized venison from the two illegally taken deer. The other incident involved two baited tree stands, damage to property, and other pending charges.
Berks County DWCO Dan Lynch wants to remind hunters and trappers that now is the time to secure permission for both hunting and trapping. Hunters can avoid trespassing violations if they make contact prior to heading afield.
Berks County WCO Eric Anderson reports that a county man was cited for setting snare traps in a residential area in an attempt to catch deer. The traps were set in a safety zone and the individual did not possess a hunting license.
Bucks County WCO John Papson reports that warnings have been given to several individuals for failure to properly follow the deer-attractant permit. In addition, the area will need to be cleaned up and may not be hunted for 30 days. Papson also reports that several mistake kills have been turned in.
WCO Cadet Eric McBride, working with Bucks County WCO John Papson, reports that several archery deer hunters, as well as dove hunters, were checked on the opening day of archery season. All hunters were in compliance with PGC regulations.
Lancaster County WCO Greg Graham reports that increased nighttime patrols have netted late spotlighting violations. “Please read your digest and understand the restrictions on recreational spotlighting,” he said.
Lancaster County WCO Greg Graham reports a mature bald eagle was found dead underneath a power line. “This was less than a mile from a known nest but it has not been determined if it was one of the mated pair that successfully hatched three eaglets this past spring,” he said.
WCO Cadet Thomas Kline, working with Lancaster County WCO Greg Graham, reports that hunting locations near bait sites seem to be a popular violation in the area. On the opening day of archery deer season, three hunters were found hunting around a site baited with corn and a salt block. Bait, along with all residue, must be removed at least 30 days prior to hunting.
WCO Cadet Justin Ritter, working with Lancaster County WCO Denny Warfel, has noticed that there has been numerous raccoon and human interactions. Over the first week in October, two people were attacked by raccoons while letting their pets outside. “Raccoons can carry rabies as well as other dangerous diseases,” he said.
Lehigh/Northampton County WCO Shawna Burkett reports seeing very few archery hunters on the opening day. The rainy, cold weather kept most hunters indoors, but there were many deer to be seen all across both counties.
WCO Cadet Amanda Powell, working with Lehigh/Northampton County WCO Shawna Burkett, would like to remind hunters that the overlapping muzzleloader deer season begins on the Oct. 18. Hunters should remember to check their digests for fluorescent-orange requirements for their particular sport.
Montgomery County WCO Raymond Madden reports that deer season has just started in the special regulations area and he is already receiving multiple calls ranging from unlawful bait stations to spotlight issues. “If you are having issues concerning game-law violations, specifically unlawful bait sites and spotlighting, call immediately,” he said. “The time to make us aware of these problems is when they are current so something can be done about them.”
Montgomery County WCO Raymond Madden was recently contacted by a local police department about a deer call police were handling. The deer was lying on a back porch and would not move. “Normally, this is not unusual since injured deer sometimes end up next to homes,” he said. “What was unusual was that this porch was actually elevated with about eight steps between the porch and the ground.” After Madden arrived, the deer, appearing to not be injured, came walking down the steps and walked into the woods.
Northampton County WCO Brad Kreider reports that the 30th class of cadets has started their 10 weeks of field training across the state. Each cadet will spend 10 weeks of the hunting seasons with three different field training officers before returning to Harrisburg to complete their training.
Northampton County WCO Brad Kreider reports that, so far, one black bear has been harvested in Northampton County during the early 5C archery season.
Schuylkill County WCO Kevin Clouser reports that a 332-pound black bear was hit and killed on Route 901 in Butler Township.
Schuylkill County WCO Kevin Clouser reports that large bucks are being sighted in bachelor groups in good numbers.
Schuylkill County WCO Kevin Clouser reports that hunters were successful on small pockets of local geese.
WCO Cadet Jeremy Febinger, working with Schuylkill County WCO Kevin Clouser, reports that two citations were issued on State Game Lands 80 for scattering bait and hunting through the use of bait.
Wildlife Education Specialist Dan Lynch reports that 46 wildlife major students from Delaware Valley College recently participated in a conservation field day. Students learned to pattern a shotgun, shot .22 rifles and 3-D archery targets, and learned about wildlife-trapping techniques such as firing off a rocket net designed to capture turkeys and deer. Instructors were from the Pennsylvania Game Commission as well as the USDA Division of Wildlife Services.