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Southwest Region


News Releases

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 - March 15, 2019

Allegheny County Game Warden Dan Puhala reports multiple hunters were cited this season for deer hunting with buckshot in Allegheny County. This type of ammunition has been unlawful in Allegheny County for many years and possessing it carries up to a $200 fine, plus court costs. Hunters are reminded to check the Special Regulations Area regulations before hunting in Allegheny County or anywhere in WMU 2B.

Beaver County Game Warden Mike Yeck reports a resident pleaded guilty to shooting a protected white-tailed deer from his vehicle during the regular firearms deer season. The subject observed the deer from a busy road, stopped in the opposite lane and fired a single shot from the car. In addition to illegally killing the deer, the subject also pleaded guilty to shooting from a public road. The subject was located several days after the violation because of detailed vehicle descriptions provided by observant witnesses.

Beaver County Game Warden Mike Yeck reports a juvenile resident pleaded guilty to the unlawful killing of a white-tailed deer prior to the legal starting time during the regular firearms deer season. The incident was reported by an alert resident who heard the gunshot prior to daylight. When officers arrived on scene, drag marks and a blood-covered dirt bike were observed at the defendant’s home. Officers arranged an interview with the minor and his parent, during which he admitted to the violation. The deer was donated to the Hunters Sharing the Harvest program.

Fayette County Game Warden Charles T. Schuster reports he has seen several flocks of turkeys within his district.

Fayette County Game Warden Charles T. Schuster reports the State Game Lands 51 shooting range has been seeing shooting activity during the winter months.

Somerset County Game Warden Zachary Edwards reports a plea deal was reached with a defendant accused of killing or injuring six deer in a closed season in early 2018. Fines, restitution and costs totaled over $3,700, as well as forfeiture of the firearm used in the unlawful killing. Additionally, the defendant was given 18 months of probation and the revocation of his hunting and furtaking privileges for 100 years!

Somerset County Game Warden Brian Witherite reports wildlife has endured winter well. With the recent warmup, large flocks of turkeys and herds of deer have been observed feeding in areas with exposed grass.

Somerset County Game Warden Shawn Barron reports DNA evidence and collection assisted in charging an individual for possessing an unlawfully taken deer that is believed to have been shot from the road. Surveillance camera footage placed a vehicle in the area when the deer was taken. The vehicle was located, and blood and hair were observed in the vehicle. Samples from the bed of the vehicle and from the location where the deer was taken were submitted for forensic testing and were shown to be a match. Charges are pending.

Somerset County Game Warden Shawn Barron reports one individual has been charged for failing to check a conibear trap set for beaver. Surveillance cameras and investigation of the site showed no sign of the individual checking his trap and, during a subsequent interview, the defendant admitted to the violation.

Somerset County Game Warden Shawn Barron reports a case involving the unlawful taking of deer with a rifle and the unlawful taking of deer at night has been adjudicated. One individual involved in the case pleaded guilty to two counts of unlawful killing or taking of big game and will pay nearly $3,000 in fines and penalties. One of the deer that was taken with a rifle out of season was a buck that green-scored 142 inches on the Boone & Crockett scale. The defendant had been convicted previously with nine game-law violations over the span of 10 years. His license had already been suspended from 2012 to 2025, however, these violations will add another six years of revocation. The other individual pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful killing or taking of big game after admitting that he assisted in harvesting an antlered deer out the window of a vehicle using a spotlight.

Westmoreland County Game Warden Michael J. Papinchak reports a fox was found dead in a trap. The investigation led to charges being filed against an individual for not having trapping privileges and failing to check his traps in the required time.

Westmoreland County Game Warden Michael J. Papinchak reports that, while responding to a safety-zone call, he discovered two individuals had killed a deer with a flintlock. Neither had the required muzzleloader privilege. Charges were filed against both men.

Westmoreland County Game Warden Michael J. Papinchak reports that several individuals were charged with violating CWD-related requirements this past deer season.

Westmoreland County Game Warden Bill Brehun reports two individuals have been charged for shooting without possessing a valid license or range permit at the State Game Lands 42 Laughlintown range. Additionally, these offenders were charged for shooting well over the maximum limit of rounds allowed in the magazine and for shooting at a plastic jug that was placed haphazardly on the range. This careless and reckless act is prohibited as it is a danger to anyone else that may be recreating on these lands; including a hiker that very day.

Westmoreland County Game Warden Bill Brehun reports a Derry Township man has been charged for shooting and killing two antlerless deer during the deer rifle season without ever possessing the required licenses. It was found this individual had conspired with two family members to use their licenses and tags to place on these harvested animals. Both family members have been charged for the lending of licenses and conspiring in this illegal act.

Westmoreland County Game Warden Bill Brehun reports a Unity Township man has been charged for allowing his pit-bull to run down and attack a white-tailed deer in his partially fenced backyard. In the surveillance video, the dog continued to try to bring the deer to the ground after its initial attack. The deer was able to escape, but it’s unknown if the deer survived its injuries.