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
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
Access Routes for hunters with Disabilities (PDF)
Public Shooting Ranges
Public Shooting Ranges in the Northwest Region
Field Officer Reports - May 19, 2017
Butler County WCO Christopher J. Deal reports charges are coming to a conclusion against a group of individuals that fled when caught riding motorized vehicles on land enrolled in the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s Hunter Access program. They were later apprehended and criminal charges were filed.
Butler County WCO Randy W. Pilarcik reports he did not run into many spring turkey hunters early in the season, when the weather wasn’t very favorable. There was no lack of turkeys, as he was seeing birds every day he was out; both hens and gobblers.
Clarion County WCO Steven J. Ace reports, after being off work for over four months due to a shoulder injury, he had to hit the ground running. He came back three days before the spring gobbler season opened. Other WCOs had three bear traps set waiting for his return. Two of the next three days were spent at the region office on training, and another day was split between court and packing seedlings for Hunter Access cooperators. That left no time to get caught up on the approximately 1,500 emails that had accumulated over the past four months. Then came the first day of spring gobbler season and a hunting related shooting incident to investigate. It may be well into June before he is totally caught up. If you have a call in or an email pending, please be patient.
Crawford County WCO Randy R. Crago reports charges were filed against a Crawford County man for having a loaded firearm in a motor vehicle. He was also given a warning for not having his hunting license with him.
Erie County WCO Michael J. Stutts Jr. reports light turkey hunting pressure across the district early in the season. Hunters who got out saw some success, with several birds being field checked.
Erie County WCO Larry M. Smith recommends that hunters and trappers start scouting for access to private property now and through the summer months. Starting early on contacts shows respect to the landowner and allows you time to build a relationship with them. Remember that you need permission to hunt on private property, even if unposted. Respect the landowner host, after all you are their guest.
Erie County WCO Darin L. Clark reports picking up a second road-killed otter near French Creek in Mill Village. Unfortunately, this one was a pregnant female.
Jefferson County WCO Roger A. Hartless reports that despite a very strong turkey population, the number of spring gobbler hunters encountered the first week of the season seemed down from other years. Judging by the number of solitary hens observed that seemed to be exhibiting nesting related behavior, there would have been a lot of gobblers available and willing to respond to calling by hunters.
Jefferson County WCO Andrew D. Troutman recently testified in a revocation hearing held in Harrisburg. The defendant shot an antlerless deer and failed to tag it as required, and then went out several days later and shot another one. The hearing examiner asked the individual what punishment he thought might be appropriate. Surprisingly, the defendant thought he should get some revocation, but not four years. His privileges were suspended for three years.
Mercer County WCO Donald G. Chaybin reports that there has been an increase in illegal dumping on state game lands. Recently violators have dumped several dozen tires, an old couch, and a refrigerator at various locations along Reed’s Furnace Road on State Game Lands 130. A large, old console TV was dumped in a parking area on State Game Lands 294 along Delaware Road. Anyone with information on any illegal activity on state game lands is asked to call the Game Commission’s Northwest Region Office at 814-432-3187.
Mercer County WCO Donald G. Chaybin reports that several tree stands were found this spring on State Game Lands 130. The stands were left in place well after the time they were required to be removed. One of the stands did not have an identification tag attached to it. The stands were removed by officers and investigations are ongoing with charges anticipated.
Warren County WCO Eric M. McBride reports that two individuals were cited on the first day of gobbler season for having loaded firearms in their vehicles.
Warren County WCO Eric M. McBride reports that issues with illegal ATV use on state game lands is being addressed and citations have been filed.
Warren County WCO David W. Donachy reports turkey harvests are good in spite of the cold, wet weather.
Warren County WCO Matthew R. Savinda reports that charges have been filed against an individual for shooting and killing a juvenile sharp-shinned hawk. The hawk was perched in a tree on his neighbor’s property when he shot it, and he was within several safety zones. He faces fines and penalties between $500 and $900.
Warren County WCO Matthew R. Savinda reports that charges have been filed against an individual for possession of marijuana in the Allegheny National Forest. The drug was discovered while the individual was helping to stock fish for the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission.
Warren County WCO Matthew R. Savinda reports that charges have been filed against two separate individuals for dumping garbage from their vehicles along the road.
Crawford and Erie counties LMGS Shayne A. Hoachlander reports that he assisted in a DEP training session designed to help Lake Erie coast code enforcement officers and planners understand the role of state game lands and the benefits they provide.