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
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
Access Routes for Hunters with Disabilities (PDF)
Public Shooting Ranges
Public Shooting Ranges in the Southwest Region
Field Officer Reports - November 9, 2017
Allegheny County WCO Dan Puhala reports that an early archery season bear was lawfully harvested in the northern part of the county (WMU 2B). A local archery hunter had the opportunity to take the bear while deer hunting. This yearling bear was causing a lot of anxiety in the surrounding area. The hunter is happy and I believe many of the local residents are as well.
Beaver County WCO Mike Yeck reports a hunter was cited on the opening day of the WMU 2B archery season for using a mineral block as an enticement for white-tailed deer. The Allegheny County resident was hunting on lands enrolled in the Hunter Access program and also was issued written warnings for damage to trees and for using a tree stand that did not properly identify the owner.
Beaver County WCO Mike Yeck reports a county resident was charged for operating a Jeep on roads closed to vehicles on State Game Lands 285. The subject drove around multiple marked gates and access points on both game lands property and nearby private properties.
Beaver County WCO Mike Yeck reports a hunter pleaded guilty to hunting white-tailed deer through the use of bait. The hunter was observed hunting from a tree stand in an area where he had routinely placed shelled corn, granulated minerals and a feed block within 15 yards of his hunting location
Fayette County WCO Chris Bergman reports numerous baited tree stand locations are being investigated throughout the district.
Fayette County WCO Chris Bergman reports a Pittsburgh man was charged for driving his vehicle on State Game Lands 296. The man traveled across Jacobs Creek on a trail which was posted closed to all motorized vehicles.
Indiana County WCO Chris Reidmiller reports an individual was recently found to be hunting through the use of bait. In addition, the individual in possession of a half-filled-out expired tag. The defendant admitted to harvesting an antlered deer the previous year and not tagging it.
Somerset County WCO Zachary Edwards reports on the opening week of deer archery season, a hunter was cited for hunting through the use of bait as an attractant. This was the hunter’s second offense for this violation and he was hunting within a Disease Management Area where the congregation of deer can lead to the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease. These type of violations can assist in the spreading of the disease.
Somerset County WCO Shawn Barron reports during the opening day of the statewide archery deer season, two separate instances of individuals hunting through the use of bait were discovered. Both individuals were charged; one being a repeat offender for the same violation.
Somerset County WCO Shawn Barron reports one individual has been charged with unlawfully taking a nine point buck on the first day of the statewide archery deer season. The deer was taken without first purchasing a hunting license.
Somerset County WCO Shawn Barron reports two individuals were charged on the first day of the statewide pheasant season for hunting pheasants without the required permit. One individual had already harvested a pheasant without the permit.
Somerset County WCO Shawn Barron reports two individuals were charged for hunting through the use of bait in an area where a rock mineral attractant had been placed to entice deer.
Westmoreland County WCO Bill Brehun reports charges have been filed against a Unity Township man that had his 14-year-old niece unlawfully hunting through the use of bait during the statewide archery deer season.
Westmoreland County WCO Bill Brehun reports charges have been filed against a 20-year-old male from Bolivar for spotlighting after legal hours and while in possession of a crossbow. Upon stopping the vehicle, a crossbow was found cocked and laying behind the center console and a crossbow bolt equipped with a broad head was laying on the dash in front of the steering wheel.
Westmoreland County WCO Bill Brehun reports charges have been filed against three individuals for spotlighting after hours while in possession of a crossbow. Upon making the vehicle stop in Ligonier Township, the crossbow was found to be cocked and a crossbow bolt equipped with a broad head was laying on the floor board beside it.
Westmoreland County WCO Bill Brehun reports charges have been filed against a 67-year-old man for exiting his vehicle while on a public road and shooting a ring-necked pheasant standing along the same road. Upon making contact with the individual, it was found he placed the loaded firearm, yet another violation, back into the vehicle.