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Northwest Region


News Releases

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 - August 31, 2018

Crawford County Game Warden Mark Allegro reports he responded to a report of a dead juvenile eagle in a secluded farm field during the first week of August. Initial physical examination of the bird revealed no apparent injuries. Additional tests are pending.

Venango County Game Warden Jason R. Amory reports filing multiple citations for unlawful activity on state game lands. Amory said game-lands parking areas he patrols too often are vandalized, littered upon or frequented by drug-users who discard paraphernalia there, and catching violators is a point of emphasis. Fines and costs for such offenses typically are within the $200 to $500 range.

Clarion and Jefferson counties LMGS Jesse Bish reports that, while on patrol in State Game Lands 72, he saw a pair of woodcocks enjoying a recent aspen cut funded by the Ruffed Grouse Society.

Mercer County Game Warden Donald Chaybin reports several woodchuck hunters have had outstanding success. He’s also heard from farmers who wish more people were out hunting these pesky rodents.

Mercer County Game Warden Donald Chaybin reports talking to a crow hunter whose four-hunter group had taken 136 crows the previous weekend while hunting several farms in the area. He said the local farmers appreciated the help in better protecting their crops.

Mercer County Game Warden Donald Chaybin reports a black bear was killed on Interstate 79 southbound near the 125-mile marker the morning of July 28. The carcass was highly visible on the berm and generated lots of phone calls to both the Game Commission and state police. Before he arrived to remove the approximately 250-pound male bear from the highway, however, someone sawed off its head and paws. Anyone with information about this unlawful act is asked to call the region office at 814-432-3187.

Jefferson County Game Warden Roger Hartless reports he has received more bear complaints this year than any in of the past 25. Weather permitting, bear hunters in Jefferson County stand an excellent chance of filling their bear tag this year. Pre-season scouting is extremely important, and hunters shouldn't overlook huntable land near residential areas with thick cover.

Forest County Game Warden Frank Leichtenberger is investigating reports of people operating ATVs and dirt bikes on State Game Lands 24 and nearby property enrolled in the Hunter Access Program. Anyone with information is asked to call the region office at 814-432-3187.

Warren County Game Warden Eric McBride reports that several farmers are reporting crop damage due to high numbers of deer.

Jefferson County Game Warden Andrew D. Troutman reports that violations on co-op properties are on the rise. ATVs, littering and camping are among the common violations.