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News Releases

January 12, 2018: Chronic Wasting Disease Open House Announced
November 27, 2017: Southwest Region Forester Neil Itle Selected To Receive National Wild Turkey Federation Award
November 7, 2017: Multiple Charges Filed Against South Beaver Township Man And Ohio State Juvenile In Beaver County Poaching Case
October 17, 2017: Controlled Grassland Fire Planned For State Game Lands 82 In Somerset County
October 12, 2017: Canine Distemper Virus Confirmed In Ross Township Raccoons
October 11, 2017: Game Commission Announces Pheasant Releases For Southwest Region
September 26, 2017: Southwest Region Hosts Public State Game Lands Tour
August 18, 2017: Game Commission Investigating Deer Deaths In Southwestern Pennsylvania

 

Updates

SGL 267 Sasquatch Prescribed Fire (PDF)
Barrens Habitat and Management (PDF)
SGL 82 Golden-winged Warbler Habitat Project (PDF)
SGL 228 Road Daylight/Habitat Transition Zone Project SGL (PDF)
SGL 228 Scrub Oak Restoration/Prescribe Fire Project (PDF)
Game Lands road Improvement Projects (PDF)

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 Southwest Region

Field Reports - December 27, 2017

Allegheny County WCO Tom Kline reports a Greentree Borough resident recently pleaded guilty to attempting to take a white-tailed deer in a closed season and violating safety zone requirements. With the help of the Greentree Borough Police Department, the defendant was dressed in camouflage in a small strip of trees 23 yards away from a residential home. His bow was rigged up with a flashlight. The defendant was ordered to pay fines and costs totaling $929.50, and he could face multiple years of hunting and trapping license revocation.

Allegheny County WCO Dan Puhala reports charges are being filed against several individuals for using bait during the first week of firearms deer season. Three separate baiting locations were discovered while patrolling or investigating other issues. One incident involved a deer that was unlawfully taken over bait. Hunters are reminded that hunting in an area where any bait has been used or residue is still present is unlawful until everything has been removed for 30 days prior to hunting.

Beaver County WCO Matt Kramer reports pheasant hunters continue to be successful several weeks into the season. With the focused stocking by the Game Commission, hunters were able to locate birds in stocked areas. Two hunters, and their dog Mollie, were able to limit out in two hours on State Game Lands 189.

Beaver County WCO Matt Kramer reports a Monaca area man was cited for hunting after hours and having a loaded firearm in a vehicle. The man was discovered, well after dark, parked in a field with all the lights on his vehicle illuminating the woods. This included the large LED light bar on the top of the vehicle. The man indicated he feared the coyotes might come near when he went to take down his pop up blind.

Beaver County WCO Mike Yeck reports several archery hunters were cited during the month of October for not wearing the required amount of fluorescent orange while hunting or moving about during the overlap with fall turkey and the October antlerless deer seasons.

Somerset County WCO Zachary Edwards reports charges are pending against a hunter who fired shots at an antlered deer, in an unsafe direction. One of the hunter’s stray rounds traveled across a nearby road, into a safety zone, striking a vehicle and narrowly missing a group a hunters standing nearby.

Somerset County WCO Brian Witherite reports that, due to an Operation Game Thief submission, several individuals were detected taking multiple antlered deer and improperly tagging big game. Charges have been filed with possible fines amounting to $3,400 and the loss of their hunting privileges. “Thank you to those who take the time to provide us with information, you make a difference,” Witherite said.

Somerset County WCO Shawn Barron reports two separate individuals were charged on the opening day of the firearms deer season for unlawful taking or possession of game or wildlife. The charges ranged from transporting an untagged deer to harvesting a second antlered deer.

Somerset County WCO Shawn Barron reports two separate individuals have been charged for violations involving road-hunting pheasants on State Game Lands 82. Charges included hunting through the use of a motorized vehicle and shooting on or across highways.