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Southwest Region

 

News

November 10, 2020: Public Access To Southwest Region Bear Check Stations Will Be Highly Restricted This Fall
September 22, 2020: Southwest Region Hosts Public State Game Lands Tour
April 29, 202: Two Road Closures Required On State Game Lands 108 For Contracted Maintenance
September 27, 2019: Southwest Region Hosts Public State Game Lands Tour
September 16, 2019: Pennsylvania Game Commission Southwest Region Announces Chronic-Wasting Disease Presentations
July 12, 2019: Barn Owls Banded in Somerset County
June 28, 2019: Cambria County Adds Over 2100 Acres of State Game Lands In Upper And Lower Yoder Townships
March 1, 2019: Southwest Region Welcomes New State Game Wardens
January 15, 2019: Westmoreland County Resident Reaches Plea Agreement In Regards To Multiple Game Law Violations

Updates

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 - January 15, 2021

Allegheny County Game Warden Douglas Bergman reports charges will be filed against multiple individuals in Allegheny County for violating CWD Disease Management Area regulations. The public is reminded that high-risk parts from harvested deer cannot be transported from a DMA. Please use an approved local deer processor, or discard high-risk parts in a Game Commission dumpster provided for their collection, when hunting in these areas rather than bringing the whole deer home with you.

Beaver County Game Warden Mike Yeck reports a resident was charged and found guilty in the unlawful killing of an adult female black bear. The bear, which was reported to have been rummaging through the resident’s garbage cans with her two cubs, was shot at and hit multiple times with a 9mm handgun. Evidence at the scene determined the bear was shot at while being pursued as it retreated into the nearby woods. Responding officers tracked and dispatched the wounded bear, which had sustained multiple gunshot wounds during the incident.

Fayette County Game Warden Charles T. Schuster reports he is actively investigating the unlawful taking of two turkeys within North Union Township.

Fayette County Game Warden Charles T. Schuster reports an individual received a citation for an untagged deer.

Fayette County Game Warden Charles T. Schuster reports an individual received a warning for not wearing the required amount of fluorescent orange during the rifle deer season.

Fayette and Westmoreland counties Game Warden Andy Harvey reports three Westmoreland County men pleaded guilty to shooting at an antlerless deer from a vehicle at night while using a spotlight. The men went out that evening with the intention of shooting a deer in a very residential area and within several safety zones.

Fayette and Westmoreland counties Game Warden Andy Harvey reports a Fayette County man was charged with the unlawful taking of an antlered deer. The individual was checked in the field after he had harvested a buck with a partially filled-out antlered tag with blood on it. He admitted that he wanted to continue to hunt and shoot another antlered deer, so he didn’t tag the first one.

Fayette and Westmoreland counties Game Warden Andy Harvey reports two Fayette County men were charged after shooting an antlerless deer at night from the vehicle using a spotlight directly in front of State Game Warden Jason Farabaugh. They pleaded guilty to all charges and face multiple years of hunting-license suspension.

Somerset County Game Warden Brian Witherite reports there was an increase in individuals hunting through the use of motorized vehicles and shooting from the roadway this past fall. Fortunately, area sportsmen reported these violations and individuals have been charged.

Somerset County Game Warden Brian Witherite reports three individuals were observed spotlighting during the rifle deer season; when spotlighting is prohibited. Upon stopping the vehicle there were two loaded rifles and all individuals were consuming alcohol. Charges have been filed.

Westmoreland County Game Warden Bill Brehun reports a Murrysville man has been charged for shooting and killing an antlerless deer during the flintlock season without the required licenses. During the investigation, it was found that the hunting location had bait present and the hunter had trespassed onto posted private property to retrieve this deer without first securing permission from the person in charge of the land. Guilty pleas were entered for the charges filed.

Westmoreland County Game Warden Bill Brehun reports two individuals were charged for the illegal operation of ATVs on State Game Lands 42, near Sugar Run Road.