Northeast Field Officer Report   - January 16, 2015

Lackawanna County WCO Kevin Moran reports that over the course of the 2014 rifle season, more than a dozen individuals were cited for not tagging deer or trying to conceal and transport deer that weren’t properly marked. Moran stresses the importance of immediately tagging your harvest before removing it from the kill location. 

Columbia County WCO Rick Deiterich reports that two Turbotville men were cited for driving a motorized vehicle on fields on state game lands in Madison Township. They tore up fields while testing out the newly rebuilt truck transmission. The vehicle ended up down an embankment and into the woods, damaging the truck and leaving it disabled. A wrecker was needed to remove the vehicle from the game lands. Multiple citations were issued.

Columbia County WCO Rick Deiterich reports two Lehigh County men were cited for having loaded firearms in a vehicle. When asked why the guns were loaded, they both said they didn’t think it was a big deal.

Luzerne County WCO Gerald Kapral reports that he filed charges on a father and son who both used a firearm to shoot and kill 7-point and 10-point bucks in the archery season. The information was received from a TIP LINE report.

Luzerne County WCO Gerald Kapral reports that he filed charges on an adult who set up a ground blind in a safety zone, then baited the area with a deer mix so his 15-year-old daughter could kill a deer. She did shoot and kill a 3-point buck from the blind. “Not exactly the way to start off a hunting career,” said Kapral.

Luzerne County WCO Gerald Kapral reports two Deputy Wildlife Conservation Officer candidates who passed their recent entrance exams and both are eagerly awaiting the next steps in the long process to becoming a DWCO.

Northumberland County WCO Jason Kelley reports citing several people with improperly marked deer. He reminds hunters that they must tag a deer immediately after the kill and before moving the animal.

Pike and Monroe counties WCO Mark Kropa reports he investigated a littering violation that occurred in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, where six bags of construction materials were dumped. Charges were filed against a suspect from Long Island, N.Y., and he faces up to $560 in fines. 

Wayne County WCO Jim McCarthy reports that a Gouldsboro man pleaded guilty to several charges after shooting a 6-point buck that was standing on his sand mound in a development. The man was assessed $2,050 in fines and costs for the violations that included hunting in a baited area and violating safety-zone law. He also faces the loss of his hunting and trapping privileges in Pennsylvania for several years.

Lackawanna County WCO Aaron Morrow reports that a Wayne County man has recently been charged with assisting an unlicensed juvenile hunter with the taking of an antlerless deer. This is the third unlawful deer this year with which the suspect has been charged, and he faces over $1,000 in fines and penalties. The man could also face prison time.

Lackawanna County WCO Aaron Morrow reports that multiple reports and tips continue to come in from the public concerning multiple violations from the past rifle deer season. Anyone with information or concerns about potential unlawful acts is urged to contact the Northeast Regional office at 570-675-1143. Calls are kept confidential. 

Monroe County WCO Bryan Mowrer reports having received two different complaints about traps being stolen across the county. On both accounts, the traps were on private property and were taken during daylight hours between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. It is a violation of the Game and Wildlife Code to disturb the trap of another person and violators could also receive a fine for trespassing.

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