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News Releases

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 - June 30, 2017

Butler County WCO Randy W. Pilarcik reports that an abandoned car recently was found on state game lands. The driver of the car drove past “Road Closed” and “No Motorized Vehicles” signs, then got stuck in a muddy section of the lane. Charges for driving on the closed road are pending.

Clarion County WCO Steven J. Ace reports talking with a man who has been seeing young turkeys and pheasants. Ace also noted seeing a lot of adult grouse over the past few weeks.

Crawford County WCO Mark A. Allegro reports an individual recently pleaded guilty to multiple charges of unlawfully purchasing hunting licenses to which he was not entitled, hunting without a valid license, and unlawfully taking antlerless deer. These charges all stem from the defendant never taking a Hunter-Trapper Education course.

Erie County WCO Darin L. Clark reports he has been busy trapping nuisance beavers. Every year, landowners look for in-season trapping help where beavers are causing problems. If you’re looking for some places to trap, try contacting the local WCO, who probably knows some spots where need beaver removed.

Forest County WCO Frank E. Leichtenberger reports several townships allow ATVs to be driven on township roads, but he urges ATV operators to check with the townships to find out which roads are open. Not all of the roads within the boundaries of a township are classified as “township roads” and it is the driver’s responsibility to know which are legal to drive on.

Jefferson County WCO Roger A. Hartless reports it’s becoming more and more common these days to discover electronic appliances, like televisions, dumped on game lands and on private property in remote areas. These types of devices no longer are permitted to be deposited in landfills so sanitation companies do not pick them up when they are placed out by the curb with other household trash. Thankfully, some communities organize clean-up events that accept electronics, or the illegal dumping would be even worse.

Warren County WCO Eric M. McBride reports that several citations have been filed this summer for individuals who were unlawfully operating ATVs on state game lands.

Warren County WCO Eric M. McBride reports there have been several incidents of individuals taking home baby wildlife. Citizens are reminded to not disturb or pick up wildlife.

Warren County WCO David W. Donachy reports several families of otters have been seen in the Allegheny River and Conewango Creek, near Warren.

Clarion and Jefferson counties LMGS Jesse N. Bish reports that two Knox men were apprehended for operating a pickup on a closed road on State Game Lands 63. The individuals drove their truck through an open gate on a game lands road where the food and cover crew were grading and cleaning ditches. Hunters are advised that all roads on state game lands are closed to travel unless posted otherwise, whether the gate is open or not.

Crawford and Erie counties LMGS Shayne A. Hoachlander reports that he recently attended a field tour at Clear Creek State Forest to look at the results of several combinations of prescribed fires and herbicide treatments in forested settings. The tour provided a better understanding of management options and will assist with future habitat management planning and implementation.