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Northwest Region


News Releases

December 17, 2018: Darin Clark Promoted To Land Management
November 28, 2018: Results Of Controlled Burns On Game Lands Can Now Be Seen
November 7, 2018: Game Lands Accomplishments Result Of Partnerships
November 7, 2018: Deputy Game Warden Open House - Sunday, November 11, 2018
October 23, 2018: Erie County Man Faces Felony Charges For Unlawful Deer
October 15, 2018: Erie County Man Charged With Killing Bald Eagle
October 10, 2018: Game Commission Announces Temporary Closure of Game Lands Roads
July 31, 2018: Pymatuning Special Deer Hunt Changed
July 30, 2018: Game Commission Northwest Region Announces Hunter-Trapper Education Classes
April 24, 2018: Controlled Burns Conducted By Pennsylvania Game Commission On Several State Game Lands
March 16, 2018: Controlled Grassland Fire Planned For PA Game Commission Shenango Reservoir Area 415 In Mercer County
March 1, 2018: Meth Lab Case On Warren County State Game Lands Resolved
January 16, 2018: Erie County Deer Processor Case Resolved
January 8, 2018: PGC Snowmobile Trail Reopened


2018 Field Day events (PDF)
Making a Better SGL 314: Stepping Up for Migratory Birds (PDF)
Logging at SGL 314

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 Northwest Region

Field Reports - December 21, 2018

Mercer County Game Warden Donald G. Chaybin reports finding a sublegal buck hanging in a shed while investigating a report of an illegal deer. The man said his stepson killed it, and the boy’s Mentored Youth Permit was attached, along with the mans antlered deer tag. When asked what firearm the boy used, he replied, “My .30-06.” The boy was only 4 years old! There also was an antlerless deer tagged improperly with the hunter’s archery license panel rather than his antlerless deer tag. The intact antlerless license, with tag, was still in his wallet. Confronted with a laundry list of potential violations, he quickly admitted to having shot the buck "for his boy,” stating that at least the boy was in the deer stand with him. The buck was seized and multiple charges will be filed.

Mercer County Game Warden Donald G. Chaybin reports that Deputy Carl McAdams encountered a group of five family members who were hunting deer illegally in the Propagation Area on State Game Lands 270, near Sheakleyville. All stated that they did some shooting, but hadn't gotten any deer. Later that evening, Deputies Marshall Nych and Kirt Snyder went to the family’s residence near New Wilmington to follow up. The dad admitted shooting a doe there just before they were contacted by the deputy. He also stated his adult son killed an 8-point buck there on Tuesday. The son confirmed this account when the deputies went to his place afterward. The illegally killed deer was seized and multiple charges are being filed for the violations from both days they hunted in that propagation area.

Mercer County Game Warden Donald G. Chaybin reports that Deputy Marshall Nych checked several hunters with a small 4-point just before the close of hunting hours on the last day of rifle deer season. Although tagged by a junior hunter, it soon was admitted the junior’s 18-year-old brother shot the protected deer. He was on stand as his father and little brother pushed through the woods. Having a valid antlerless tag and his antlered tag also, he shot the deer that came toward him without clearly identifying it. When it was not a legal antlered deer for him to tag, and definitely not "antlerless" - they decided to put the junior hunter’s tag on the buck. State Game Warden Cadet Chris Bence and I arrived to help sort out the violations involved. Since he did not initially state it as a "mistake kill," and he tagged it improperly with his brother’s tag to conceal his illegal taking of that protected deer, the deer was seized and charges were filed against the hunter that killed the deer. Both his father and little brother were given warnings for their roles in the improper tagging.

Venango County Game Warden Jason R. Amory reports that multiple people have been charged with loaded firearms in vehicles, both stationary and moving. Road-hunting continues to be a problem.

Crawford County Game Warden Mark Allegro reports a record bear harvest for his central Crawford County district, as well as the county overall. While the totals for the archery, firearms and extended bear seasons are not yet in, they should be quite impressive for an area that a few years ago had very few bear harvests.

Clarion and Jefferson counties LMGS Jesse Bish reports that he and Deputy David Aaron investigated individuals for hunting through the use of bait, possession of others licenses and having a loaded firearm on a stationary vehicle during the 2018 rifle deer hunting opener.

Warren County Game Warden Eric McBride reports an individual was cited on the first Saturday of rifle deer season for killing an antlerless deer without a valid license.

Warren County Game Warden Eric McBride reports that several vehicles have been found blocking State Game Lands gates and roads throughout the big-game seasons. Hunters are reminded to abide by posted signs and to not block roads or gates.

Jefferson County Game Warden Andrew D. Troutman reports that many hunters encountered during the firearms deer season were found in possession of outdated licenses and tags. Many were just tags. Almost everyone claimed they put their new licenses in with their old ones. For those individuals who had last year’s tags, but not the license, why did you only have the tag? I have a theory about that.

Jefferson County Game Warden Roger A. Hartless reports that the bear harvest in northern Jefferson County during the archery and rifle bear seasons was excellent this year. Not only were the harvest numbers up over previous years, several bears over 500 pounds were taken during the genreal bear season.

Crawford County Game Warden Randy Crago reports that charges were filed against a Crawford County man for shooting across a road while hunting bear.

Crawford County Game Warden Randy Crago reports that above-average rainfall held hunting pressure down in the early part of archery season. More favorable weather conditions led to increased pressure at the end of the season.

Erie County Game Warden Michael Stutts reports that a McKean man has pleaded guilty to the unlawfully killing a bald-eagle. The Magisterial District Judge ordered him to pay fines and costs totaling $2,790.