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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 Officer Reports - May 19, 2017

Allegheny County WCO Douglas Bergman reports that, even though the weather was not great during the 2017 spring youth turkey season, it was nice to see several mentored youth hunters afield that day. None of the youths had been successful at the time the interactions occurred, but they were reassured they’d be rewarded for their efforts.

Beaver County WCO Mike Yeck reports a man pleaded guilty to unlawfully killing an antlerless deer during a closed season. The man was hunting in WMU 1A after the late flintlock muzzleloader season had closed, but also killed the deer using a shotgun. In addition to the closed-season violation, the man pleaded guilty to hunting without a valid license, not displaying the required amount of fluorescent orange and failure to retrieve the deer after the killing. Fines and replacement costs totaled $2,300. The man’s hunting partner also pleaded guilty to charges related to the unlawful killing.

Beaver County WCO Mike Yeck reports a woman pleaded guilty to littering while on lands open to hunting. The subject cleaned accumulated trash from her vehicle while parked in a parking lot at State Game Lands 285 in South Beaver Township. Materials in the trash included the subject’s W-2 forms and tax preparation documents, as well as nearly 40 other pieces of rubbish. In addition to a monetary fine, the woman also cleaned all trash from the parking lot.

Beaver County WCO Matt Kramer reports that all three active bald eagle nests in the southern Beaver County district have hatched eaglets. These young will stay in the nest for several weeks and all are anticipated to fledge in June.

Beaver County WCO Matt Kramer reports that sightings of black bears in the county have been reported in the past few weeks. Most of these bears are young, transient bears attempting to set up a home range for the first time. Residents are reminded to remove all food sources when a bear is sighted and the bear will most likely move on.

Fayette and Westmoreland counties WCO Andy Harvey reports that two men were charged for camping and maintaining a fire on a Hunter Access property the night before the opening of trout season.

Greene County WCO Jeremy Febinger reports that a Greene County resident was charged with dumping garbage on lands open to public hunting. He was found guilty during trial and ordered to clean the area up and pay a $500 fine, plus court costs.

Greene County WCO Jeremy Febinger reports that three hunters were found guilty of hunting through the use of bait and unlawful taking of game or wildlife after they were found to have killed two antlered deer in a baited area during the firearms deer season.

Greene County WCO Jeremy Febinger reports a hunter was found guilty at trial for injuring another person in a hunting related shooting incident. The hunter shot at a pheasant that had circled back toward a line of hunters and the shot struck another hunter in both legs.

Greene County WCO Jeremy Febinger reports that dumping is on the increase in remote areas of public land. Several cases are under investigation.

Somerset County WCO Zachary Edwards reports that a case involving the illegal taking of a bear during the 2016 rifle bear season recently was adjudicated with the defendant paying $4,100 in fines, fees and replacement costs.

Somerset County WCO Shawn Barron reports that several individuals from out of state were charged for multiple violations at the State Game Lands 50 shooting range. The four individuals were shooting over the maximum number of rounds without permits or licenses and even discharged a black-powder cannon while on the range.

Somerset County WCO Shawn Barron reports that one individual was charged with the help of Waterways Conservation Officer Patrick Ferko for fishing a stocked trout water before the opening day of trout season.

Somerset County WCO Shawn Barron reports that two individuals were cited for shooting more than the maximum number of rounds allowed in a magazine at the State Game Lands 50 shooting range.

Westmoreland County WCO Matthew Lucas reports an East Huntingdon man was cited on the opening day of spring turkey season for not properly tagging his turkey. He faces a fine of $100 to $200

Westmoreland County WCO Matthew Lucas reports two South Huntingdon Township residents recently pleaded guilty to unlawfully killing two antlerless deer on the closing day of the firearms deer season. Fines totaled $2,500 and loss of hunting licenses.

Westmoreland County WCO Bill Brehun reports that charges have been filed on several Derry Township men for the unlawful operation of motor vehicles on lands that prohibit such activity.