Northeast Region Prescribed Burns
Use of Prescribed Fire in Wildlife Habitat Management (PDF)
Seasonal Roads, Designated Routes and Snowmobile Trails
Seasonal Roads Open for Hunting & Trapping
Designated Routes for Horses and Bicycles
Public Shooting Ranges
Public Shooting Ranges in the Northeast Region
Field Reports - January 8, 2018
Butler County Game Warden Randy W. Pilarcik reports he received information that a man whose permanent residence is in the state of Arizona has been purchasing a resident license for the past few years. Deputy Scott D. Klopfer investigated and found the information to be true. The man was cited for purchasing a general resident hunting license and resident antlerless licenses the past two years. The man pleaded guilty to the offense and paid $1,181 in fines for the violations.
Crawford County Game Warden Mark A. Allegro reports that during this past fall’s hunting seasons, incidents involving baiting definitely seemed to be higher than normal. Information received, sites investigated and cases prosecuted all were above average this past year. He encourages anyone who has information regarding illegal hunting of baited areas to contact their local region office.
Erie County Game Warden Michael J. Stutts Jr. reports that some hunters have braved out into the record-breaking snowfall to get in some late season deer hunting.
Erie County Game Warden Michael J. Stutts Jr. reports that waterfowl hunters were breaking ice at Presque Isle Bay and Lake Erie boat ramps to get a chance at some late season divers. Bluebills, Redheads, Buffleheads and Goldeneye have been the main species taken by hunters going out. With temperatures varying from single digits to the upper teens, open water has been freezing fast.
Jefferson County Game Warden Roger A. Hartless reports that extreme cold weather is having an effect on hunting participation and success during the after-Christmas muzzleloader season and during the various trapping seasons. Although a few deer harvested by muzzleloader hunters were checked, hunting activity overall has definitely been down. Trapping participation, especially beaver trapping activity, also has been affected by the cold.
Mercer County Game Warden Donald G. Chaybin reports that information called into the Northwest Region Office resulted in multiple charges involving the illegal taking of an antlerless deer in Findley Township. A motorist saw the car ahead of him brake suddenly and pull off the road. As he approached, he saw a deer in the field nearby. The occupants were getting out as he went past the car and when checking his mirror saw them with rifles. While stopped at the next intersection, he heard them shoot. He turned around and saw they were walking down into the field toward the deer. He continued past, turned around and came past again to see them apparently field dressing the deer. At that point, he got the license plate information and called to report the road-hunting incident. Responding to the call, the suspect vehicle was located and the subjects interviewed. There were two adult hunters and a mentored youth in the car. Their violations included: shooting within 25 yards of highway, hunting in a safety zone, possessing an untagged deer, unlawful taking of deer, and a few others. That’s not exactly the way the mentored youth hunting experience was envisioned.
Mercer County Game Warden Donald G. Chaybin responded to a report of deer hunting from a vehicle in New Vernon Township and made contact with the group of seven hunters along Carpenter Road. The driver claimed he was dropping hunters off at stands where they had permission to hunt. However, there were two loaded firearms in that truck, and an untagged seven-point in the bed, with that hunter attempting to make a homemade tag for the deer. There were three Ohio hunters in the group that did not have their licenses with them (the guy with the seven-point had just made an online license purchase that morning), a 17-year-old who left his licenses at home, and another adult had his licenses in another vehicle at a residence a mile away. Multiple citations were filed against four of the seven hunters.
Mercer County Game Warden Donald G. Chaybin received a complaint about an illegal beaver set. A Mercer man had his bird dog get caught in a beaver snare as they walked along an old railroad grade in East Lackawannock Township. The set was untagged and not set in the water as required. Investigating the area for other beaver trappers, several legal body gripping sets were found in the immediate vicinity and information obtained from the tags on those traps. He followed up with an interview of the trapper, who admitted placing the snare. Citations were filed for both offenses.
Warren County Game Warden David W. Donachy reports ice buildup from the severe cold weather has prevented most beaver trappers from setting traps in the area.
Clarion and Jefferson counties LMGS Jesse N. Bish reports that, during rifle deer season, a Knox man was apprehended for damaging trees, failing to attach an ID tag to a tree stand and hunting without his license in his possession on Hunter Access property.