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Southwest Region



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


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 - July 8, 2019

Allegheny County Game Warden Dan Puhala reports a hunter recently pleaded guilty to unlawfully stalking a turkey during the spring season and shooting it with a semiautomatic handgun. The hunter was fined $500, plus court costs, and faces possible license revocation.

Allegheny County Game Warden Dan Puhala reminds shooting-range users that a new hunting-license year began July 1, and 2019-20 hunting licenses, furtkaer licenses or range-use permits are required to use Game Commission ranges. Range permits and hunting licenses are now available at license issuing agents as well as online.

Beaver County Game Warden Mike Yeck reports a hunter pleaded guilty to unlawfully harvesting two gobblers on the same day during the spring turkey season. The hunter possessed a second spring gobbler license, but even so, no more than one turkey may be harvested per day by properly licensed hunters.

Beaver County Game Warden Mike Yeck reports two individuals pleaded guilty to littering while on state game lands. In one case, the subject had been routinely depositing materials in a parking area and was identified through the use of surveillance cameras.

Beaver County Game Warden Mike Yeck reports an individual who was attempting to trap a nuisance coyote killed two red foxes and a domestic dog while using non-approved cable restraints. The subject was charged with failure to set the restraints so that trapped animals would not become ensnared in nearby trees, failure to properly affix identification tags to the restraints, failure to complete a cable restraint certification course, failure to possess a valid furtaker license and damage to property. Parties involved reached an agreement for restitution of the dog.

Fayette County Game Warden Charles T. Schuster reports several individuals were warned for shooting firearms at the State Game Lands 51 shooting range without the required hunting license, furtaker license or shooting range permit.

Fayette County Game Warden Charles T. Schuster wants to remind individuals that as of July 1, 2019; a 2019/2020 hunting license, furtaker license, or range use permit will be needed to shoot at any of the Pa. Game Commission’s public shooting ranges.

Fayette and Westmoreland counties Game Warden Andy Harvey reports several individuals have pleaded guilty to operating motorized vehicles on lands closed to such activities.

Fayette and Westmoreland counties Game Warden Andy Harvey reports multiple garbage dumps have been located on State Game Lands 51 in Dunbar. Information was found identifying individuals using the dumps. Investigations are underway.

Somerset County Game Warden Brian Witherite reports that littering sites unfortunately are on the increase. “As a reminder, it’s everyone’s responsibility to properly dispose of trash and debris,” Witherite said. Violators will be charged.

Somerset County State Game Warden Brian Witherite reports seeing many fawns during his springtime patrols.

Washington County Game Warden Adam Traynor reports seven mature gobblers were found dumped in a parking lot on State Game Lands 232. The toms had only their beards and spurs cut off, and after conducting a necropsy on the animals, all 7 had gunshot wounds consistent with being shot off the roost. An investigation is ongoing, but with the help of conservation-minded men and women, Traynor hopes those responsible will be brought to justice.

Westmoreland County Game Warden Michael J. Papinchak reports two individuals pleaded guilty to having alcoholic beverages on the Loyahanna Reservoir.

Westmoreland County Game Warden Michael J. Papinchak reports that five bags of heroin and a loaded crossbow were seized as part of a hunting-from-a-vehicle investigation. The individual entered a guilty plea resulting in fines and probation.

Westmoreland County Game Warden Michael J. Papinchak received information from State Police about possible unlawfully taken deer. Upon investigation at the residence, the deer were determined to have been unlawfully taken, as was an owl found on the front porch. A guilty plea was accepted, fines and probation were applied.