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Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area

Pennsylvania Game Commission
Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area
Kleinfeltersville, PA 17039
Phone: (717) 733-1512
 

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

NOTICE: The gate located at Cold Springs Road, SGL 211 in Lebanon County, at the top of Second Mountain will be closed Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays for necessary road repairs. The road is still open to foot traffic. The gate will remain open for travel Fridays through the following Mondays to allow access. Thank you for your understanding.

Seasonal Roads Open for Hunting & Trapping
Designated Routes for Horses and Bicycles
Snowmobile Trails
Access Routes for Hunters with Disabilities

Public Shooting Ranges

Public Shooting Ranges in the Southeast Region

Field Officer Reports - February 24, 2017

Berks County WCO Dave Brockmeier reports observing a vehicle enter into a field on game lands, in a closed area. The occupants fired a shot from the vehicle and then did multiple “doughnuts” in the field before quickly leaving the location. A vehicle stop was initiated and a 12-gauge shotgun was removed from the vehicle. Multiple citations have been filed.

Chester County WCO Keith Mullin reports that charges have been filed for several violations found during the regular Canada goose season. The charges include possessing unplugged shotguns, exceeding the daily bag limit, and not having the required federal duck stamp to hunt waterfowl.

Dauphin County WCO Mike Doherty reports that trappers are reporting more incidents of trap theft or interference, most likely by non-trappers who don’t understand the service these sportsmen provide the public by controlling furbearers.

Dauphin and Lebanon counties LMGS Steven Bernardi reports that, while checking the rifle range at State Game Lands 211 on a Sunday afternoon, several citations were filed and numerous warnings issued. Violations included using the range without a valid hunting license, furtaker license or range permit, loading and firing a firearm with more than three rounds, shooting from a location other than the established firing line, shooting at objects other than paper targets properly posted on the target backers and using ammunition other than single projectile ammunition. All of the people involved stated that they didn’t know about all these regulations, even though there was a bulletin board at the entrance to the range with all the regulations clearly posted.

Lancaster County WCO Dennis R. Warfel reports that the warmer-than-usual January temperatures have brought on more than the usual number of small-animal complaints for sick or injured wildlife. Two of the calls were for injured eagles, one that was banded and carried a GPS transmitter.

Lehigh County WCO Kevin Halbfoerster reports that charges have been filed and are in the process or have been adjudicated within the court system for numerous illegal-deer violations. In one case, a hunter gave his harvest tag to his brother for an unlawfully harvested deer. In another, an individual that shot a very nice buck during the early archery season and did not lawfully tag it. These individuals paid substantial fines and replacement costs, and also risk losing the privilege to hunt in Pennsylvania and other states within in Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact.

Berks County WCO Matthew Teehan reports large numbers of snow geese have been moving into the county. He reminds snow goose hunters to make sure they are familiar with the regulations before heading afield. In addition to a general hunting license and federal Duck Stamp, anyone hunting snow geese during this late season needs a Snow Goose Conservation Permit. You must print it out and have it in your possession while hunting. Teehan also reminds hunters to stay out of safety zones and to get permission before going upon someone’s property.

Bucks County WCO Shawna Burkett reports that the maintenance crew recently reposted safety zone signs along an access lane for State Game Lands 56 in Bridgeton Township, off Lonely Cottage Road. There have been multiple instances reported of hunters failing to honor the signs or where the posted boundary meets private property.

Chester County WCO Matthew Johnson reports a Downingtown man was charged and found guilty for allowing his dog to chase and injure a deer. The incident happened on the opening day of the regular firearms season. A hunter witnessed the subject’s dog chasing, tackling, and attempting to kill a doe. The dog’s owner was not accompanying it, and the hunter recognized it from a previous similar incident. He chased the dog away, contacted the Game Commission, and provided cellphone video as evidence of event that proved critical in identifying to owner and allowing for his conviction.

Delaware County WCO Justin Ritter reports that two citations were filed recently. One individual was charged for taking a buck that did not meet the required antler restrictions, and the second individual was cited for allowing dogs to chase and pursue big game animals.

Lebanon County WCO Brian W. Sheetz reports that, with the help of WCO Matthew Teehan, he was able to file charges against two individuals for numerous violations. The individuals trespassed and shot 17 snow geese in a safety zone, after they were denied permission to hunt on the property. Sheetz also reports, he observed an individual drive down a road past a field with hundreds of snow geese feeding. The individual parked his car and walked up the road and killed five snow geese. This incident also occurred while trespassing on private property.

Lehigh and Northampton counties WCO Tyler Kreider reports he is currently following leads related to ongoing investigations. A reminder that even the smallest of details can be helpful in resolving a case.