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July 28, 2021: Mentored Adult Hunts Planned For Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area

Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area

Pennsylvania Game Commission
Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area
Kleinfeltersville, PA 17039
 

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 Southeast Region

Field Reports - September 24, 2021

Berks County Game Warden Alex Murray reports An Oley Township woman was recently charged and convicted of keeping a live fawn and other Pennsylvania wildlife at her residence. The fawn was taken to Red Creek Wildlife Center for care.

Berks County Game Warden Ryan L. Zawada reports locating several active baited hunting locations within his district, several of which were still baited within 30 days of the start of the early archery season.

Bucks County Game Warden Hannah Robinson reports investigating the unlawful taking of an antlered deer head in Bristol Township.

Bucks County Game Warden Shawna Burkett reports that the dove hunting pressure has been light through the first week of the season despite lots of doves flying around. The clean-up effort after Hurricane Ida has undoubtedly had an impact on people being able to get out.

Chester County Game Warden Matthew Johnson reports that in June an Elverson woman was charged for the third time in a two-year period for unlawfully riding a horse on state game lands. She has a history of boldly defying game lands regulations and being argumentative and uncooperative when interacting with game wardens. She has also enabled friends to unlawfully access state game lands by horse from her property, which is adjacent to game lands. Since she has not yet responded to her most recent summons, a warrant has been issued for her arrest.

Chester County Game Warden Matthew Johnson reports investigating two incidents where potentially a flamethrower-type device has been used at State Game Lands 43 Rifle Range. In one incident, the flamethrower was reported to have been used behind the firing line to light trash on fire while other shooters were present and actively using the range. In the other, some target points were found burnt in a manner consistent with such a device. These devices have recently become available, and while possession of them is not necessarily unlawful, they serve no place on state game lands and the manner in which they were used is, of course, a risk to persons and property. Anyone seeing any activity with devices such as this are urged to gather as much information as possible and pass it on to the Game Commission quickly.

Chester County Game Warden Rebecca Wolfe reports that an individual was cited for advertising herself as a wildlife rehabber without the required licenses or permits. Her post was discovered on a public website where the individual explained, “If a rehab center can’t take them I WILL.” She admitted to taking in wild rabbits and possums in the past. Warden Wolfe reminds that it is unlawful to possess game or wildlife, and if sick or injured wildlife is found, to contact the Pennsylvania Game Commission.

Dauphin County Game Warden Russell Kreider reports that two men were charged with camping on State Game Lands 211. They were in possession of alcohol as well as drug paraphernalia. Camping, as well as the possession of alcohol or drugs, is prohibited on state game lands.

Lancaster County Game Warden Greg Graham responded to a call to a local police department incident where an individual reported hearing first a gunshot and then the projectile striking a neighbor’s home. During the investigation, it was discovered that an individual shot at a red-tailed hawk with a high-powered .177 caliber pellet rifle but missed. The pellet penetrated the vent cap on the roof of the nearby home, causing damage. The suspect was located and during the interview admitted the attempt to shoot the hawk. The pellet rifle was seized as evidence. Criminal charges are pending, including the possibility of reckless endangerment, shooting into an occupied dwelling and disorderly conduct, as well as game law charges for violating safety zone requirements, unlawful taking or killing of game or wildlife and damage to property. The suspect made claims the hawk was trying to feed on birds at his bird feeder. “This is a perfect example of when you create an artificial feeding location that Mother Nature’s food chain is always present,” Graham said.

Lancaster County Game Warden Daniel Gibble reports charging a Tennessee male with a loaded firearm in a vehicle at the White Oak Picnic Area at Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area. The individual had a loaded Henry lever action .22 with one round in the chamber and 10 in the magazine sitting on his passenger seat. He stated that he was groundhog hunting earlier in the day. The encounter occurred after dark and there were spotlights in the vehicle.

Lebanon County Game Warden Derek Spitler reports an ongoing investigation of the possession of a wallaby in Lebanon County. The wallaby was captured and taken to a properly licensed facility. It is thought to have been unlawfully possessed and transported into Pennsylvania.

Montgomery County Game Warden Raymond Madden reports multiple cases in the county have been completed regarding numerous game lands violations, ranging from possessing alcohol on the game lands to littering.

Northampton County Game Warden Brad Kreider reports Bethlehem City Police found a dead deer after responding to a call that shots were fired. Through outstanding cooperation by Bethlehem Police, an investigation resulted in multiple charges being filed by Game Commission.

Schuylkill County Game Warden Jason Macunas reports two Pine Grove residents recently pleaded guilty to violations stemming from the previous firearms deer season. The charges included: Unlawful Taking of Game/Wildlife, Shooting Across Highways, using a Vehicle to Locate Game and Safety Zone Violations, resulting in more than $2,400 in fines and potential hunting license revocation.

Schuylkill County Game Warden Charles T. Schuster reports that several individuals received citations for riding all-terrain vehicles on Schuylkill Municipal Authority property.

Schuylkill County Game Warden Charles T. Schuster reports that several individuals received warnings for not have the proper registration plate on their all-terrain vehicle.