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​For Information Contact: ​Release #27-17​
​Regis F. Senko October 5, 2017​
F​or Immediate Release​
 Game Commission Announces Pheasant Releases For Northwest Region

FRANKLIN – Pennsylvania Game Commission Northwest Region Director Richard T. Cramer today announced agency employees began releasing ring-necked pheasants throughout the 10-county region. Agency-raised birds will be released for the junior pheasant hunt scheduled for Oct. 7 to 14.

Cramer noted that the Game Commission’s statewide pheasant stocking effort will be approximately 168,230 birds for the upcoming small game season. The Northwest Region’s total share of pheasants is 34,190 (9,840 males and 24,350 females), which includes 2,760 birds (830 males and 1,930 females) for the junior season. A listing of stocking locations for the junior hunt can be found on pages 50 to 52 of the 2017-18 Pennsylvania Hunting & Trapping Digest, which is available online at www.pgc.pa.gov.

The regular pheasant season begins Saturday, Oct. 21 and concludes on Saturday, Nov. 25. Late season pheasant hunting dates are Dec. 11 to 23, and Dec. 26 to Feb. 28. Pre-season stocking of pheasants will take place prior to Oct. 21, followed by four in-season stockings, as well as a late season stocking.

Hunters are reminded that pheasant harvest is restricted by sex in the various Wildlife Management Units (WMUs). Please check the seasons and corresponding WMUs on page 46 of the 2017-18 Pennsylvania Hunting & Trapping Digest. WMU maps can be found on pages 23 to 28 of the digest, and on the Game Commission’s website at www.pgc.pa.gov (choose “Wildlife” on the top of the homepage, then click on the “Habitat Management” and select the “Wildlife Management Units” of interest). Pheasants are stocked on state game lands with suitable pheasant habitat.

NEW THIS YEAR; ALL ADULT AND SENIOR HUNTERS, INCLUDING SENIOR LIFETIME LICENSE HOLDERS, WHO PURSUE PHEASANTS IN PENNSYLVANIA ARE REQUIRED TO PURCHASE A PHEASANT PERMIT IN ADDITION TO A GENERAL HUNTING LICENSE. JUNIOR HUNTERS DO NOT NEED A PERMIT TO HUNT PHEASANTS. THE PERMIT COSTS $26.90 AND MUST BE SIGNED AND CARRIED WHILE HUNTING FOR PHEASANTS.

The Game Commission has added an option which identifies state game lands and those state parks and federal lands with suitable habitat that receive pheasant stockings. Click on “Pheasant Allocation” under the Quick Clicks tab on the Game Commission’s website (www.pgc.pa.gov) for a listing of stocking locations.

The following are the pheasant releases for the fall 2017-18 small game season in the Northwest Region.





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​For Information Contact: ​Release #26-17​
​Regis F. Senko October 2, 2017​
F​or Immediate Release​
 Erie County Man Pleads Guilty on Deer Violations

FRANKLIN – Jacob McCafferty, age 20 of Union City, Pa. was sentenced by Erie County Court Judge Stephanie Domitrovich on Monday, September 18th for his part in the unlawful taking of multiple deer in Erie County. McCafferty, along with co-defendant Collin Stone, age 20 of North East, Pa., were apprehended by Pennsylvania Game Commission Wildlife Conservation Officer Darin L. Clark and Deputy Wildlife Conservation Officer James E. Sutton after unlawfully killing an eight-point buck on November 4, 2015.

Follow-up investigation and laboratory analysis led to three other unlawful deer in possession at McCafferty’s residence.

McCafferty was charged with four counts of unlawful killing or taking big game and one count violating a safety zone. He accepted a plea agreement on one count of a deer unlawfully taken and was sentenced to the following: $1,500 fine; $2,605 lab fees including ballistics and DNA testing; $3,200 restitution; a prison sentence of 30 days to 23 ½ months; three years probation; and ten years revocation of his hunting and trapping privileges.

Co-defendant Stone was previously found guilty on one count of a deer unlawfully taken and one count of resisting an officer. He was assessed a fine of $1,500 on the deer and $1,000 for the resisting charge, and had his hunting and trapping privileges revoked for five years.

Speaking on this case, WCO Clark said, “This case resulted from timely information received from a local citizen. McCafferty and Stone were riding around shooting at deer from an ATV in several safety zones within Union City. Upon approach, Stone fled the scene with a 30-06 rifle. Shooting at deer with a high-powered rifle within safety zones presented a clear danger to citizens in addition to the wildlife resource.”

Citizens with information on game code violations should report them to the Northwest Region Office at (814) 432-3187 or through Operation Game Thief at 1-888-PGC-8001.


​For Information Contact: ​Release #24-17​
​Regis F. Senko September 12, 2017​
F​or Immediate Release​
 Coyote Program Scheduled

FRANKLIN – The Pennsylvania Game Commission will be presenting a program on the eastern coyote. Roger Coup, Wildlife Management Supervisor for the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s Northwest Region will conduct a program detailing the life cycle and habits of the eastern coyote. The public is welcome to attend and learn more about this fascinating animal.

DATE: Thursday, September 28, 2017
TIME: 6 p.m.
LOCATION: Federated Church 11995 Main Street East Springfield, PA 16411
(Church is located at the intersection of Route 20 and PA 215.)

​For Information Contact: ​Release #23-17​
​Regis F. Senko August 30, 2017​
F​or Immediate Release​
 State Game Lands 63 Tour

Where to Meet: The Clarion County Habitat Crew Headquarters, 854 Roberts Hill Rd, Shippenville, PA 16254

When: Sunday, Sept. 17, 10 a.m. Rain or shine!

This game lands tour is open to everyone, and will provide a firsthand look at what the Pennsylvania Game Commission does to create and maintain wildlife habitat, and manage forests and wildlife species on State Game Lands 63.

This tour will start at the parking area at the Clarion County Habitat Crew Headquarters, 854 Roberts Hill Road, Shippenville, PA 16254. If coming from the north – take Route 66 south to Route 322 west. Proceed west on Route 322 and turn left on Route 208 west (at the Shippenville Red and White store). Follow 208 west to small bridge just past Shippen Inn. Cross the bridge and immediately turn left onto Roberts Hill Road. Follow Roberts Hill Road past the auto shop near the creek and turn left into the headquarters building parking area. If coming from the south – take Interstate 80 to Route 66 north to Route 322 west. Proceed west on Route 322 and turn left on Route 208 west (at the Shippenville Red and White store). Follow 208 west to small bridge just past Shippen Inn. Cross the bridge and immediately turn left onto Roberts Hill Road. Follow Roberts Hill Road past the auto shop near the creek and turn left into the headquarters building parking area.

Points of Interest:
See the wildlife habitat work that is taking place on this game lands.

  • Warm and cool season grass, wildflower and legume plantings.
  • Shrub and other woody vegetation management.
  • Invasive species management.
  • See nursery stock orchards that are used to provide seed for the agency’s Howard Nursery.
  • Artificial nesting structures.
  • Many aspects of timber management.
  • Scientific/species study areas.

Experience this beautiful game lands on a half-day tour!

*You will ride in your own vehicle for this tour. Four-wheel drive is encouraged as vehicles with low ground clearance could scrape bottom. This tour will encompass the game lands, have various stops and will involve short walks to points of interest.

*You are encouraged to bring a snack and bottled water to enjoy along the way.

*This tour will take approximately 3 to 4 hours.


​For Information Contact: ​Release #21-17​
​Regis F. Senko August 25, 2017​
F​or Immediate Release​
 Pennsylvania Game Commission Announces Activities in Conjunction with Waterfowl Weekend

FRANKLIN – The Pymatuning Waterfowl Expo, sponsored by PA Ducks Unlimited is scheduled in the Pymatuning/Linesville area September 15, 16 and 17, 2017.

The Pennsylvania Game Commission will be conducting several programs of interest to the waterfowl community.

EVENT: A program on waterfowl banding, including demonstrations on live ducks, will be conducted by Pennsylvania Game Commission Wildlife Biologists.
DATE: Saturday, September 16, 2017
TIME: 9 a.m.
LOCATION: Pennsylvania Game Commission
Pymatuning Wildlife Management Area
9552 Hartstown Road
Hartstown, PA 16131
 
EVENT: Annual public drawing for awarding goose blinds at Pymatuning Wildlife Management Area.
DATE: Saturday, September 16, 2017
TIME: 10 a.m.
LOCATION: Pennsylvania Game Commission
Pymatuning Wildlife Management Area
9552 Hartstown Road
Hartstown, PA 16131
 
EVENT: The annual judging for selection of the 2018 Pennsylvania Duck Stamp.
DATE:

Saturday, September 16, 2017

TIME: 1 p.m.
LOCATION: Conneaut Area Senior High School
302 West School Drive
Linesville, PA 16424
 
EVENT: Annual public drawing for awarding permits to hunt deer at the Pymatuning Wildlife Management Area.
DATE: Saturday, September 16, 2017
TIME: 1 p.m.
LOCATION: Pennsylvania Game Commission
Pymatuning Wildlife Management Area
9552 Hartstown Road
Hartstown, PA 16131
 

​For Information Contact: ​Release #16-17​
​Regis F. Senko June 13, 2017​
F​or Immediate Release​

 Outdoor Opportunites Abound At Youth Field Day Programs

FRANKLIN -- Pennsylvania is blessed with a rich outdoor heritage, and Youth Field Days have become well-established and eagerly anticipated local events throughout much of Pennsylvania. Starting with one event in Venango County back in 1991, the concept has expanded to numerous events in all regions of the state. Youth Field Days, sponsored by the Pennsylvania Game Commission, Northwest Sportsmen for Youth, and County Youth Field Day Organizations, offer the opportunity for area youngsters to experience rifle shooting, archery, trapping, fishing, and other outdoor activities. The activities offered vary by event, but all stress the benefit of outdoor recreation.

Event organizers hope to interest youngsters in outdoor activities that they can pursue throughout their lives. Youngsters are provided this opportunity along with lunch and a chance at taking home some terrific door prizes provided through the generosity of local sportsmen, citizens, business and conservation groups and agencies. There is no charge for attending, but participants must register in advance. Please register as directed for one of the following County Youth Field Days:

County Event Registration
Warren County Chapman Dam State Park
Saturday July 15, 2017
Registration Information
www.register-ed.com/events/view/100039
Forest County Allegheny National Forest
Buzzard Swamp
Saturday, August 5, 2017
Registration Information
www.register-ed.com/events/view/100040
Forest County Mahoning Sportsman’s Assoc.
Saturday August 5, 2017
(No walk-ins)
Registration Information
www.register-ed.com/events/view/100054
Registration Starts July 1, 2017:
Erie County Gem City Outdoorsmen
Saturday, August 26, 2017
Registration Information
www.register-ed.com/events/view/100055

​For Information Contact: ​Release #14-17​
​Regis F. Senko April 25, 2017​
F​or Immediate Release​
 Controlled Grassland Fire Planned For PA Game Commission
State Game Lands 294 In Mercer County

FRANKLIN – The Pennsylvania Game Commission plans to conduct a controlled burn on two parcels of warm season grass/forb units totaling approximately nine acres. The parcels vary in size from three to six acres and are located in Fairview Township in Mercer County. Based on weather conditions and moisture in the ground and vegetation, the Burn Boss has given the go-ahead for this burn to be conducted on either April 27th or 28th. The objective of the controlled burn is to rejuvenate and diversify the grass and wildflower species to improve wildlife habitat. Prior to the controlled burn, the Burn Boss will conduct a “test burn” to check the fire behavior and smoke dispersion patterns for the day.

During the controlled burn, access to the site will be restricted and only people directly associated with the burn will be allowed access at or near the site. Trained staff will be on hand with numerous pieces of fire equipment and water resources. All necessary local fire and emergency personnel will be notified in advance. As a result of the burn, the public may expect to see smoke between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Currently, the warm season grasses in these fields are too dense. A controlled burn will thin the warm season grasses and remove old thatch, making it more accessible to wildlife. Through the use of controlled fire, the Game Commission is able to promote diverse plant communities, provide improved food and protective cover, as well as create nesting areas for numerous wildlife species.

For more information about controlled burns, please go to the Pennsylvania Prescribed Fire Council website at www.paprescribedfire.org. For more information about wildlife and habitat management, please visit the Game Commission’s website at www.pgc.pa.gov.


​For Information Contact: ​Release #13-17​
​Regis F. Senko April 25, 2017​
F​or Immediate Release​
 Controlled Grassland Fire Planned For PA Game Commission
State Game Lands 197 In Warren County

FRANKLIN – The Pennsylvania Game Commission plans to conduct a controlled burn on up to six parcels of warm season grass/forb units totaling approximately 13.6 acres. The parcels vary in size from 0.65 to 5.40 acres and are located in Columbus Township in Warren County. Based on weather conditions and moisture in the ground and vegetation, the Burn Boss has given the go-ahead for this burn to be conducted on April 26th. The objective of the controlled burn is to rejuvenate and diversify the grass and wildflower species to improve wildlife habitat. Prior to the controlled burn, the Burn Boss will conduct a “test burn” to check the fire behavior and smoke dispersion patterns for the day.

During the controlled burn, access to the site will be restricted and only people directly associated with the burn will be allowed access at or near the site. Trained staff will be on hand with numerous pieces of fire equipment and water resources. All necessary local fire and emergency personnel will be notified in advance. As a result of the burn, the public may expect to see smoke between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Currently, the warm season grasses in these fields are too dense. A controlled burn will thin the warm season grasses and remove old thatch, making it more accessible to wildlife. Through the use of controlled fire, the Game Commission is able to promote diverse plant communities, provide improved food and protective cover, as well as create nesting areas for numerous wildlife species.

For more information about controlled burns, please go to the Pennsylvania Prescribed Fire Council website at www.paprescribedfire.org. For more information about wildlife and habitat management, please visit the Game Commission’s website at www.pgc.pa.gov.


​For Information Contact: ​Release #12-17​
​Regis F. Senko April 20, 2017​
F​or Immediate Release​
 Controlled Grassland Fire Planned For PA Game Commission
State Game Lands 244 In Jefferson County

FRANKLIN – The Pennsylvania Game Commission plans to conduct a controlled burn on up to five parcels of warm season grass/forb units totaling approximately ten acres. The parcels vary in size from 0.92 to 3.23 acres and are located in Pinecreek and Knox Townships in Jefferson County. Based on weather conditions and moisture in the ground and vegetation, the Burn Boss has given the go-ahead for this burn to be conducted on April 24th & 25th. The objective of the controlled burn is to rejuvenate and diversify the grass and wildflower species to improve wildlife habitat. Prior to the controlled burn, the Burn Boss will conduct a “test burn” to check the fire behavior and smoke dispersion patterns for the day.

During the controlled burn, access to the site will be restricted and only people directly associated with the burn will be allowed access at or near the site. Trained staff will be on hand with numerous pieces of fire equipment and water resources. All necessary local fire and emergency personnel will be notified in advance. As a result of the burn, the public may expect to see smoke between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Currently, the warm season grasses in these fields are too dense. A controlled burn will thin the warm season grasses and remove old thatch, making it more accessible to wildlife. Through the use of controlled fire, the Game Commission is able to promote diverse plant communities, provide improved food and protective cover, as well as create nesting areas for numerous wildlife species.

For more information about controlled burns, please go to the Pennsylvania Prescribed Fire Council website at www.paprescribedfire.org. For more information about wildlife and habitat management, please visit the Game Commission’s website at www.pgc.pa.gov.


​For Information Contact: ​Release #11-17​
​Regis F. Senko April 17, 2017​
F​or Immediate Release​
 Controlled Grassland Fire Planned For PA Game Commission
State Game Lands 74 In Clarion County

FRANKLIN – The Pennsylvania Game Commission plans to conduct a controlled burn on up to three parcels of warm season grass/forb units totaling approximately 8.3 acres. The parcels vary in size from 2.22 to 3.30 acres and are located in Clarion and Eldred Townships in Clarion County. Based on weather conditions and moisture in the ground and vegetation, the Burn Boss has given the go-ahead for this burn to be conducted on April 18th. The objective of the controlled burn is to rejuvenate and diversify the grass and wildflower species to improve wildlife habitat. Prior to the controlled burn, the Burn Boss will conduct a “test burn” to check the fire behavior and smoke dispersion patterns for the day.

During the controlled burn, access to the site will be restricted and only people directly associated with the burn will be allowed access at or near the site. Trained staff will be on hand with numerous pieces of fire equipment and water resources. All necessary local fire and emergency personnel will be notified in advance. As a result of the burn, the public may expect to see smoke between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Currently, the warm season grasses in these fields are too dense. A controlled burn will thin the warm season grasses and remove old thatch, making it more accessible to wildlife. Through the use of controlled fire, the Game Commission is able to promote diverse plant communities, provide improved food and protective cover, as well as create nesting areas for numerous wildlife species.

For more information about controlled burns, please go to the Pennsylvania Prescribed Fire Council website at www.paprescribedfire.org. For more information about wildlife and habitat management, please visit the Game Commission’s website at www.pgc.pa.gov.


​For Information Contact: ​Release #10-17​
​Regis F. Senko April 13, 2017​
F​or Immediate Release​
 Game Commission Northwest Region Announces Hunter-Trapper Education Classes

Pennsylvania Game Commission Northwest Region Director Richard T. Cramer today announced the region’s schedule of Hunter-Trapper Education classes through the end of May.

“A basic Hunter-Trapper Education course is mandatory for all first-time license buyers, regardless of age,” Cramer said. “Now is a good time to register and take a course in preparation for the upcoming hunting season.”

To register for a course in your area, visit the Game Commission’s website (www.pgc.pa.gov); go to “Quick Clicks” and click on “Hunter-Trapper Education”. Click on “Register for a class using the Hunter Education Class Calendars”; then click on either “Hunter-Trapper Education” or “Online: Hunter-ed.com Pennsylvania”.

With the support of volunteer instructors and organizations that host classes, HTE courses are being held throughout the region. There is no fee for the basic HTE course. Pre-registration is required and online registration is available for all courses offered by the agency.

In order to prepare for class, read Chapters 1, 4, 5, and 9 located in “Today’s Hunter & Trapper in PA.” You will be directed to an online link from the agency website.

Taught by dedicated teams of trained volunteers, most HTE classes last at least six hours over one or two days, and participants must attend all instruction before taking the test at the end of the course. Youngsters must be at least 11 years old to receive HTE certification.

Successful completion of a basic Pennsylvania HTE class or another state’s equivalent course is required by state law to obtain a first-time hunting or furtaker license, regardless of age.

Registrations also are being accepted for the online version of the basic HTE program, which is available for those 16 years of age or older. The online course is available to students on their own time schedule. A fee of $19.50 is required after successfully completing the course requirements to receive certification.

In 1959, the Game Commission began offering a voluntary hunter safety program, and about 25,000 students participated in that program annually. Beginning in 1969, the General Assembly required all first-time hunting license buyers under the age of 16 to successfully complete a four-hour hunter education course. The course requirement was expanded to six hours in 1977. The program became mandatory for all first-time hunting license buyers regardless of age in 1982.

In 1986, the safety program was increased to ten hours of class time and trapper training was included. The name of the program also was changed to Hunter-Trapper Education, and was required for all first-time furtaker license buyers, too. A combination home study-classroom version of the course reduced classroom time to six hours of instruction starting in 2013.

Since 1959, more than 2 million students have been certified through this course.

Following is a list of scheduled Hunter-Trapper Education courses for the Northwest Region:

Basic Hunter-Trapper Education Classes

Rimersburg Rod & Gun Club, Rimersburg, Pa.
Saturday, April 22, 2017 – 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Conneaut Lake Sportsman’s Club, Conneaut Lake, Pa.
Sunday, April 23, 2017 – 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Gem City Gun Club, Erie, Pa.
Saturday, April 29, 2017 – 9 a.m. – 4 p.m

American Legion Post, Reynoldsville, Pa.
Saturday, May 6, 2017 – 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Butler City Hunting and Fishing Club, East Butler, Pa.
Saturday, May 6, 2017 – 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Fur Fin & Feather Sportsman’s Club, West Middlesex, Pa.
Saturday, May 13, 2017 – 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Sheakleyville Fire Hall, Hadley, Pa.
Saturday, May 20, 2017 – 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

East Brady Rod & Gun Club, East Brady, Pa.
Saturday, May 20, 2017 – 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Sheffield Rod & Gun Club, Sheffield, Pa.
Saturday, May 20, 2017 – 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.


​For Information Contact: ​Release #08-17​
​Regis F. Senko April 12, 2017​
F​or Immediate Release​
 Controlled Grassland Fire Planned For PA Game Commission
State Game Lands 72 & 330 In Clarion County

FRANKLIN – The Pennsylvania Game Commission plans to conduct a controlled burn on up to 23 parcels of warm season grass/forb units totaling approximately 98 acres. The parcels vary in size from .44 to 31.41 acres and are located in Piney and Paint Townships in Clarion County. Based on weather conditions and moisture in the ground and vegetation, the Burn Boss has given the go-ahead for this burn to be conducted on April 13th & 14th. The objective of the controlled burn is to rejuvenate and diversify the grass and wildflower species to improve wildlife habitat. Prior to the controlled burn, the Burn Boss will conduct a “test burn” to check the fire behavior and smoke dispersion patterns for the day.

During the controlled burn, access to the site will be restricted and only people directly associated with the burn will be allowed access at or near the site. Trained staff will be on hand with numerous pieces of fire equipment and water resources. All necessary local fire and emergency personnel will be notified in advance. As a result of the burn, the public may expect to see smoke between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Currently, the warm season grasses in these fields are too dense. A controlled burn will thin the warm season grasses and remove old thatch, making it more accessible to wildlife. Through the use of controlled fire, the Game Commission is able to promote diverse plant communities, provide improved food and protective cover, as well as create nesting areas for numerous wildlife species

For more information about controlled burns, please go to the Pennsylvania Prescribed Fire Council website at www.paprescribedfire.org. For more information about wildlife and habitat management, please visit the Game Commission’s website at www.pgc.pa.gov.


​For Information Contact: ​Release #09-17​
​Regis F. Senko April 11, 2017​
F​or Immediate Release​
 Controlled Grassland Fire Planned For PA Game Commission
State Game Lands In Crawford & Erie Counties

FRANKLIN – The Pennsylvania Game Commission plans to conduct a controlled burn on up to three parcels of warm season grass/forb units totaling approximately 70 acres. The parcels vary in size from 3.66 to 36.48 acres and are located on SGL #167, Venango Township, Erie County, and SGL #277, Cambridge & Rockdale Townships, Crawford County. Based on weather conditions and moisture in the ground and vegetation, the Burn Boss has given the go-ahead for this burn to be conducted on April 13th & 14th. The objective of the controlled burn is to rejuvenate and diversify the grass and wildflower species to improve wildlife habitat. Prior to the controlled burn, the Burn Boss will conduct a “test burn” to check the fire behavior and smoke dispersion patterns for the day.

During the controlled burn, access to the site will be restricted and only people directly associated with the burn will be allowed access at or near the site. Trained staff will be on hand with numerous pieces of fire equipment and water resources. All necessary local fire and emergency personnel will be notified in advance. As a result of the burn, the public may expect to see smoke between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Currently, the warm season grasses in these fields are too dense. A controlled burn will thin the warm season grasses and remove old thatch, making it more accessible to wildlife. Through the use of controlled fire, the Game Commission is able to promote diverse plant communities, provide improved food and protective cover, as well as create nesting areas for numerous wildlife species.

For more information about controlled burns, please go to the Pennsylvania Prescribed Fire Council website at www.paprescribedfire.org. For more information about wildlife and habitat management, please visit the Game Commission’s website at www.pgc.pa.gov.


​For Information Contact: ​Release #07-17​
​Regis F. Senko April 7, 2017​
F​or Immediate Release​
 Hunter-Trapper Education Instructor Honored

FRANKLIN – Venango County resident Wilbur F. Lynam was recently honored at the Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners meeting in Harrisburg. Mr. Lynam was recognized for his 50 years of service as a volunteer Hunter-Trapper Education instructor. He has served as coordinator for the program in eastern Venango County for many years. Mr. Lynam has also been instrumental in keeping an active Hunter-Trapper Education program in both the Cranberry and Oil City school districts

In addition to the tremendous contribution he has made to the Hunter-Trapper Education program, Mr. Lynam served for 39 years as a Deputy Wildlife Conservation Officer. He has served as the volunteer coordinator for Venango County’s popular Youth Field Day program for over a decade. He continues to play a key role in coordination of the Cranberry School District’s Conservation Days conducted at the Oil City Chapter of the Izaak Walton League.

Mr. Lynam was honored at the Board of Game Commissioners meeting where he received a plaque and 50-year patch acknowledging his service. Pennsylvania Sen. Scott Hutchinson was present for the award ceremony and presented Mr. Lynam with a Senatorial Citation acknowledging his many contributions.


​For Information Contact: ​Release #06-17​
​Regis F. Senko April 6, 2017​
F​or Immediate Release​
 Controlled Grassland Fire Planned For PA Game Commission
State Game Lands 277 In Crawford County

FRANKLIN – The Pennsylvania Game Commission plans to conduct a controlled burn on up to four parcels of warm season grass/forb units totaling approximately 30 acres. The parcels vary in size from 1.66 to 17.59 acres and are located in Cambridge and Rockdale Townships in Crawford County. Based on weather conditions and moisture in the ground and vegetation, the Burn Boss has given the go-ahead for this burn to be conducted on April 10th. The objective of the controlled burn is to rejuvenate and diversify the grass and wildflower species to improve wildlife habitat. Prior to the controlled burn, the Burn Boss will conduct a “test burn” to check the fire behavior and smoke dispersion patterns for the day.

During the controlled burn, access to the site will be restricted and only people directly associated with the burn will be allowed access at or near the site. Trained staff will be on hand with numerous pieces of fire equipment and water resources. All necessary local fire and emergency personnel will be notified in advance. As a result of the burn, the public may expect to see smoke between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Currently, the warm season grasses in these fields are too dense. A controlled burn will thin the warm season grasses and remove old thatch, making it more accessible to wildlife. Through the use of controlled fire, the Game Commission is able to promote diverse plant communities, provide improved food and protective cover, as well as create nesting areas for numerous wildlife species.

For more information about controlled burns, please go to the Pennsylvania Prescribed Fire Council website at www.paprescribedfire.org. For more information about wildlife and habitat management, please visit the Game Commission’s website at www.pgc.pa.gov.


​For Information Contact: ​Release #05-17​
​Regis F. Senko April 5, 2017​
F​or Immediate Release​
 Controlled Grassland Fire Planned For PA Game Commission
Shenango Reservoir Area 415 In Mercer County

FRANKLIN – The Pennsylvania Game Commission plans to conduct a controlled burn on up to five parcels of warm season grasses totaling approximately 39 acres. The parcels vary in size from 2.14 to 10.87 acres. The parcels are located in the Big Bend area, Delaware Township (Units 11, 12 & 14) and the Orangeville area, South Pymatuning Township (Units 19 & 20) surrounding Shenango Reservoir known as Area 415 in Mercer County. Based on weather conditions and moisture in the ground and vegetation, the Burn Boss has given the go-ahead for this burn to be conducted on April 10th. The objective of the controlled burn is to rejuvenate and diversify the grass and wildflower species to improve wildlife habitat. Prior to the controlled burn, the Burn Boss will conduct a “test burn” to check the fire behavior and smoke dispersion patterns for the day.

During the controlled burn, access to the site will be restricted and only people directly associated with the burn will be allowed access at or near the site. Trained staff will be on hand with numerous pieces of fire equipment and water resources. All necessary local fire and emergency personnel will be notified in advance. As a result of the burn, the public may expect to see smoke between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Currently, the warm season grasses in these fields are too dense. A controlled burn will thin the warm season grasses and remove old thatch, making it more accessible to wildlife. Through the use of controlled fire, the Game Commission is able to promote diverse plant communities, provide improved food and protective cover, as well as create nesting areas for numerous wildlife species.

For more information about controlled burns, please go to the Pennsylvania Prescribed Fire Council website at www.paprescribedfire.org. For more information about wildlife and habitat management, please visit the Game Commission’s website at www.pgc.pa.gov.


​For Information Contact: ​Release #01-17​
​Regis F. Senko January 25, 2017​
F​or Immediate Release​
 PGC Snowmobile Trail Remains Closed

FRANKLIN - The Pennsylvania Game Commission has announced the continued closure of the snowmobile trail on State Game Lands 143 in Warren County. The six-mile trail ran from the PGC Blue Eye parking lot, off Route 27 through the game lands to the PGC Spetz Hill parking lot, along township Route 457.

The trail was closed in 2015 due to a number of large-scale timber-harvest operations that started during the summer of 2015 and will extend into 2018.

These timber harvests are a direct result of the presence of emerald ash borer, an invasive non-native forest insect. All species of ash are impacted by this forest pest; resulting in high levels of tree mortality. There is no method of treating large wooded areas to avert this mortality. The Pennsylvania Game Commission has moved forward with timber harvest at this time to derive the maximum value from the timber resource that will be impacted.

Northwest Region Director Richard T. Cramer said, “History has taught us that once this insect is present, mortality will follow. If we delayed timber harvest until the trees were affected by the insect, much of the economic value would be lost. Closing the snowmobile trail was the only responsible option. Safety for state game land users and contractors working on state game lands remains a priority for the agency as we deal with this unfortunate loss of a valued timber component of Penn’s Woods.”