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News Releases

October 5, 2017: Game Commission Announces Pheasant Releases For Northwest Region
October 2, 2017: Erie County Man Pleads Guilty on Deer Violations
September 24, 2017: Coyote Program Scheduled
August 30, 2017: State Game Lands 63 Tour
August 25, 2017: Pennsylvania Game Commission Announces Activities in Conjunction with Waterfowl Weekend
June 13, 2017: Outdoor Opportunities Abound At Youth Field Day Programs
April 25, 2017: Controlled Grassland Fire Planned For PA Game Commission State Game Lands 294 In Mercer County
April 25, 2017: Controlled Grassland Fire Planned For PA Game Commission State Game Lands 197 In Warren County
April 20, 2017: Controlled Grassland Fire Planned For PA Game Commission State Game Lands 244 In Jefferson County
April 17, 2017: Controlled Grassland Fire Planned For PA Game Commission State Game Lands 74 In Clarion County
April 13, 2017: Game Commission Northwest Region Announces Hunter-Trapper Education Classes
April 12, 2017: Controlled Grassland Fire Planned For PA Game Commission State Game Lands 72 & 330 In Clarion County
April 11, 2017: Controlled Grassland Fire Planned For PA Game Commission State Game Lands In Crawford & Erie Counties
April 7, 2017: Hunter-Trapper Education Instructor Honored
April 6, 2017: Controlled Grassland Fire Planned For PA Game Commission State Game Lands 277 In Crawford County
April 5, 2017: Controlled Grassland Fire Planned For PA Game Commission Shenango Resevoir Area 415 In Mercer County
January 25, 2017: PGC Snowmobile Trail Remains Closed

Updates   

2016 Field Day events (PDF)
Making a Better SGL 314: Stepping Up for Migratory Birds (PDF)
Logging at SGL 314

Seasonal Roads, Designated Routes, Snowmobile Trails and Access for Hunters with Disabilities

Seasonal Roads Open for Hunting & Trapping
Designated Routes for Horses and Bicycles
Snowmobile Trails
Access Routes for hunters with Disabilities (PDF)

Public Shooting Ranges

Public Shooting Ranges in the Northwest Region

Field Officer Reports - November 9, 2017

Clarion County WCO Steven J. Ace reports encountering several archery hunters who failed to wear the required fluorescent orange to and from their stand during the overlap with fall turkey season. This is a safety requirement. Several citations are pending.

Forest County WCO Frank E. Leichtenberger reports several instances where hunters have not had their hunting licenses and/or second forms of identification with them while hunting as required by law. He also has checked at least one who had a previous season’s hunting license with them, which is now illegal. While these are not major violations, it sometimes takes a substantial amount of time to find out if someone actually does have a license or verify their identity, which interferes with both the officer’s and the hunter’s plans for the day; and the individual can be prosecuted for violation of the law. Leichtenberger urges hunters to make sure they are in compliance with the laws regarding documentation before hunting.

Jefferson County WCO Roger A. Hartless reports that recently while on night patrol with Land Management Supervisor George J. Miller, the two observed the rays of a spotlight being cast from a pickup truck after midnight. A traffic stop was conducted and two loaded rifles were found in the pickup. Both firearms were positioned between the driver and front passenger. Charges were filed against both individuals that included spotlighting for wildlife after 11 p.m., spotlighting while in possession of a firearm, and unlawful possession of loaded firearms in a moving vehicle.

Jefferson County WCO Andrew D. Troutman reports, with the help from a concerned landowner, he caught two young adults spotlighting at 5:30 in the morning. They claimed they were predator hunting. Hunting predators (or anything) while driving around is illegal. Spotlighting after 11 p.m. and with a firearm is also illegal.

Venango County WCO Jason R. Amory reports two individuals allowed an unlicensed young child to harvest a deer and then took the rifle from the child and killed a second illegal deer. Charges will be filed for multiple violations.

Venango County WCO Jason R. Amory reports apprehending an individual in Oil Creek Township who killed a sublegal buck with a rifle while on hunting license revocation. A criminal complaint was filed and the case is awaiting disposition.

Warren County WCO Eric M. McBride reports that information was received concerning an individual killing multiple turkeys; an investigation is ongoing.

Warren County WCO Eric M. McBride reports that several homeowners are reporting property damage from beavers. Property owners with beaver damage are encouraged to allow trappers onto their property in order to control populations legally.

Clarion and Jefferson counties LMGS Jesse N. Bish reports he has encountered many violations ranging from hunting through the use of a vehicle, alighting and shooting, unlawful taking of game or wildlife, littering, closed to vehicle violations and license violations.

Crawford and Erie counties LMGS Shayne A. Hoachlander reports that he and other Game Commission land managers and foresters have been working on National Wild Turkey Federation Habitat Superfund Proposals. Funds provided by cooperating organizations such as NWTF help stretch the Game Commission’s dollars and habitat-management footprint much farther than otherwise possible.