Northeast Field Officer Report   - November 7, 2014

Monroe County WCO Ryan Gildea received information that a hunter set up a blind 20 yards away from a feeder full of corn. The hunter was hunting in the blind on the first day of archery season and was cited for hunting through the use of bait.

Monroe County WCO Ryan Gildea reports his deputies issued several warnings to waterfowl hunters for unsigned duck stamps. Several archery hunters also were issued warnings for failure to wear the proper amount of fluorescent orange material during the overlap with muzzleloader and early firearms deer seasons.

Wayne County WCO Frank Dooley reports that during the hunt for accused killer Eric Frein, Northeast Region WCOs were called upon to aid in the search and provide security where needed. “I am honored to be part of this strong law-enforcement fraternity, and both proud and pleased to see the cooperation between Game Commission officers and our brother and sister officers of the Pennsylvania State Police. Thank you to all of the state and federal law-enforcement officers who worked so hard to capture alleged killer Eric Frein,” said Dooley.

Wayne County WCO Frank Dooley reports a definite increase in nighttime shooting incidents where deer carcasses were found with the head severed off, leaving the entire carcass to rot. Several leads are being followed. “Hopefully with information from local residents, future wildlife crimes of this nature can be prevented and the perpetrators can be brought to justice,” Dooley said.

Sullivan County WCO Rick Finnegan reports road hunting and taking advantage of bait to hunt have become more than a common occurrence during this hunting season.  “I would like to thank those who called to report violations. These game law violators would have gone undetected if it were not for concerned citizens making a phone call,” said Finnegan.

Wyoming County WCO Victor Rosa reports several suspects have been charged with unlawful use of bait while hunting, with one suspect having killed deer through the use of the bait.

Susquehanna County WCO Mike Webb reports that spotlighting activity appears to be slightly down from last year. 

Susquehanna County WCO Mike Webb reports that two deer were shot with a small-caliber rifle in Liberty Township, near Lower Rhiney Creek Road, on or about Oct. 3. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Game Commission Northeast Region Office at (570) 675-1143.

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