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Southwest Region


News Releases

February 5, 2018: State Game Lands 203 Rifle Range To Be Closed February 15 & 16 For Building Demolation
January 26, 2018: Multiple Charges Filed Against Two Johnstown Area Residents In Connection To A Deer Poaching Spree
January 12, 2018: Chronic Wasting Disease Open House Announced


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 - May 11, 2018

Beaver County Game Warden Mike Yeck reports a Mercer County juvenile pleaded guilty to possessing a loaded firearm while in a moving vehicle. The juvenile was in a coyote hunt using hounds and observed driving on a public roadway with his rifle pointed out the driver’s window.

Cambria County Game Warden Seth Mesoras reports a case has been adjudicated involving multiple illegally taken deer last fall. Two defendants each pleaded guilty to four counts of unlawful taking of big game. The charges resulted in $4,000 in fines, $5,000 restitution and 15 years revocation of their hunting privileges. Another defendant was found guilty of attempting to take two deer unlawfully and was fined over $2,200.

Cambria County Game Warden Seth Mesoras recently filed charges on a man who illegally shot a crow in a safety zone. He was hunting with a group participating in a crow-hunting tournament when he shot a crow about 25 yards from an occupied structure. Appropriate charges were filed and the other participants warned.

Somerset County Game Warden Brian Witherite reports on the opening morning of the statewide spring turkey season, two individuals were driving down a road and shot a gobbler in a clover field. The incident was reported and the investigation led to two persons who have a game-law violations history. Charges are pending.

Somerset County Game Warden Brian Witherite reports charges were filed on three individuals who were camping, consuming alcohol and maintaining an open fire on State Game Lands 104 in Fairhope.

Somerset County Game Warden Shawn Barron reports two individuals have been cited for two separate instances of causing damage to property, as well as littering. On two occasions, the individuals traveled to a Great Allegheny Passage Hiking/Biking Trail parking lot in Meyersdale and began discharging firearms into the parking lot’s constructed signage. Both long guns and handguns were discharged. Spent casings and empty ammunition boxes were discarded in the parking lot.

Somerset County Game Warden Shawn Barron reports a Salisbury man has been charged with unlawful killing of big game after he harvested an antlerless deer on April 9. The man observed the deer behind his father’s residence, retrieved a 16-gauge shotgun and shot it. He then finished off the deer in a neighboring field with a baseball bat. The individual has never held a Pennsylvania hunting license. He faces fines up to $1,500 and loss of hunting privileges for three years.

Westmoreland County Game Warden Michael Papinchak reports an individual has pleaded guilty for having a loaded gun in a vehicle during the firearms deer season. As Papinchak approached the vehicle, the individual attempted – with the safety off – to unload the rifle. The muzzle was pointed into the armpit and face of the hunter. Commands were given to stop handling the rifle more out of concern for the individual’s wellbeing than the preservation of evidence.

Westmoreland County Game Warden Michael Papinchak reports a revocation was upheld in an administrative hearing for a case in which someone illegally killed a turkey. The man had located and shot the turkey from his vehicle while in multiple safety zones. The witness was in his line-of-fire.

Westmoreland County Game Warden Michael Papinchak reports he encountered a boy and his father taking an antlerless deer to the processor. The pair were excited to tell how it was the boy’s first deer. However, it was discovered the boy did not have an antlerless tag, the tag on the deer belonged to the father. Extra time was spent with father and son so as not to discourage them from continuing to hunt. Dad was charged with transferring his tag and pleaded guilty.

Westmoreland County Game Warden Bill Brehun reports a Johnstown man has been charged with violating state game lands shooting range regulations. These violations consisted of failure to produce a license or range permit, having more individual shooters than allowed per licensed person, and discharging over the maximum allowed amount of ammunition at one time. Before visiting or shooting at a state game lands range, please be sure to read the posted regulations.

Westmoreland County Game Warden Bill Brehun reports a Derry Township man has been charged for littering on lands open to public hunting. While patrolling on Army Corp of Engineers property, a deer carcass wrapped in plastic and cardboard was found dumped over an embankment. While sorting through these items, a shipping label with a name and address were found. The person responsible for this dump has pleaded guilty, paid fines and cleaned up the debris.