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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


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 16, 2017

Butler County WCO Christopher J. Deal reports the past spring turkey season was a quiet one. District 1-10-2 did not have any hunting-related shooting incidents, and hunting pressure seemed lighter than usual.

Clarion County WCO Steven J. Ace reports a large pile of garbage was dumped in the area known as Dean Dam on the Fisher-Strattanville Road in Clarion Township, Clarion County. There were more than 30 garbage bags with other large household items too large to fit into a garbage bag. Less than a week after Game Commission personnel cleaned the site, another two bags of trash showed there. Anyone with information on either incident is asked to call the Northwest Region Office at 814-432-3187.

Crawford County WCO Mark A. Allegro reports the second of two juveniles recently was found guilty of unlawfully shooting at a deer at night and for possessing a loaded shotgun in a vehicle. The incident occurred in November 2015. A confession and guilty plea were previously obtained from another juvenile and driver of the vehicle.

Crawford County WCO Randy R. Crago reports an above-average turnout for the last Saturday of spring turkey season. “I wouldn’t say it was as heavy as opening day, but there were quite a few people taking the time to hunt on Saturday of the extended Memorial Day,” Crago said.

Erie County WCO Michael J. Stutts Jr. would like to congratulate fifth-grade students at General McLane Middle School for completing their bluebird nesting boxes. Over 160 boxes were constructed by the students.

Erie County WCO Larry M. Smith wants to remind everyone to leave young wildlife alone. The young are curious and not afraid of people, and often approach too close. Many people think emotionally when they see an “abandoned animal” and want to pick it up. Usually the parent animal is nearby and afraid, so it stays out of sight. You can’t replace wild parents, leave young alone!

Erie County WCO Darin L. Clark reminds hunters to check their licenses and tags before leaving the issuing agent. He said he encounters hunters every year who tell him they didn’t get all the licenses they asked for, and didn’t realize it. Also, remember if you are going to hunt pheasants this year you will need the new pheasant permit.

Jefferson County WCO Roger A. Hartless reports he recently discovered a couple of ladder stands that had been left on state game lands well beyond the close of last deer season. One of them appeared fairly new. Two hunting aids were screwed into a mature cherry tree at the stand, which was marked by the owner as required. There was a plastic sled, a folding chair and a plastic bucket found in the area of that same stand. The stand owner was contacted and admitted to leaving the additional items behind. He was given two weeks to remove the stand and other items from the game lands.

Jefferson County WCO Andrew D. Troutman reports he recently apprehended an individual in the act of hunting through the use of a spotlight at 5:30 a.m. When asked what he was doing, the subject said he was just out shooting critters. Charges were filed and a hearing has been scheduled.

Warren County WCO Eric M. McBride reports that several nuisance-bear complaints have been reported, including one in which a bear that damaged several bee hives. Residents are encouraged to use rags soaked in bleach or ammonia in and around garbage cans and dumpsters as a bear deterrent.

Clarion and Jefferson counties LMGS Jesse N. Bish reports that a Knox man was found guilty after an appeal hearing for operating his side-by-side through state game lands. He was apprehended after being caught on surveillance camera.

Crawford and Erie counties LMGS Shayne A. Hoachlander reports that someone deposited the butchered remains of an illegally taken doe on a blue tarp next to a parking area on State Game Lands 263 on the Erie County-Warren County line. The remains included the bones, hide, head, entrails and, worst of all, an unborn fawn. It’s shameful that people are illegally taking deer, but placing the remains, including the unborn fawn, next to a popular state game lands parking lot adds further insult and does not present a good image to the public.