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Southwest Region


News Releases

July 12, 2018: Two Johnstown Area Residents Charged In Deer Poaching Spree Reach Plea Agreement
June 28, 2018: Peregrine Falcon Fledgling Found On Elizabeth Bridge Successfully Fostered To A Wild Peregrine Nest
February 5, 2018: State Game Lands 203 Rifle Range To Be Closed February 15 & 16 For Building Demolition
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 - June 8, 2018

Allegheny County Game Warden Dan Puhala reports a local man who was found cutting the antlers off a road-killed deer recently pleaded guilty to charges. It is unlawful to possess road-killed deer or its parts without a permit issued by the Game Commission. In this incident the individual involved put himself and others in danger by stopping along a busy highway to remove a set of antlers.

Allegheny County Game Warden Dan Puhala reports that a new license year begins July 1 and game lands shooting-range users are reminded they will need new hunting licenses, furtaker licenses and range-use permits to continue using ranges. Those using a range without a valid range permit or license could face fines from $100 to $200, plus court costs.

Allegheny County Game Warden Tom Kline reports a pile of trash containing paper tags, plastic, hangers and other debris was found on Hunter Access property in Killbuck Township. Luckily, the suspect left a store receipt from Target, and with the help of Target Loss Prevention and the Ohio Township Police Department, we were able to positively identify the suspect and charge him with littering. He pleaded guilty and paid a fine of $340.25.

Beaver County Game Warden Mike Yeck reports an Ohio resident was cited for riding a dirt bike on State Game Lands 285 in Darlington Township. Ironically, the subject parked in a game lands parking lot and unloaded the dirt bike directly in front of a sign listing the rules and regulations for game lands use.

Beaver County Game Warden Mike Yeck reports a 19-year-old woman was cited for possession of a controlled substance while on state game lands. Yeck observed a suspicious vehicle in a parking area and discovered three individuals sleeping inside. The odor of burnt marijuana led to the discovery of a partially-smoked marijuana cigarette in the woman’s possession.

Beaver County Game Warden Matt Kramer reports a Hookstown area man recently was cited for having a loaded firearm in a vehicle. The man was calling turkeys while standing next to his truck. His loaded shotgun was in the cab of the truck, along with a small child.

Somerset County Game Warden Brian Witherite reports two individuals who shot and killed a spring gobbler from the road were found guilty on eight charges. Total fines were $1,400 and revocation of their hunting and trapping privileges will be applied. The defendants in this case both have prior game-law convictions for similar conduct.

Westmoreland County Game Warden Bill Brehun reports a Maryland woman was found operating a relative’s ATV on Army Corp of Engineers property in Derry Township. During this interaction, a motorized golf cart came driving up a trail located behind us. Additional charges were filed for this violation, as the operator of the golf cart had already received a warning for the same violation.