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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 - April 12, 2021

Allegheny County Game Warden Zeb Campbell reports a number of nuisance turkeys in the area. Some are even attacking cars and chasing people. An investigation revealed the turkeys are being fed by someone in the same neighborhood. A reminder . . . feeding wildlife changes their behavior and causes issues for everyone.

Allegheny County Game Warden Zeb Campbell reports more ATV and dirt-bike activity on properties controlled by the Game Commission. These machines cause damage to property that upsets the property owners. Riding on these properties without landowner permission is a violation of the law.

Armstrong County Game Warden Christopher Bence reports charges have been filed against an individual for shooting protected songbirds within several safety zones.

Armstrong County Game Warden Christopher Bence reports numerous charges have been filed for riding motorized vehicles, ATVs and UTVs on Hunter Access property in Armstrong County.

Beaver County Game Warden Matt Kramer reports that, every spring, well-meaning individuals pick up, handle and often harbor young wildlife taken from the wild. Not only is this unlawful, but it puts them and their families at risk for disease. Please leave young wildlife alone. In most cases, these young animals are not orphaned; a parent is nearby.

Fayette County Game Warden Zachery Hay reports citations were filed for the taking of an antlerless white-tailed deer during closed season in North Union Township. The deer was also killed through the use of bait.

Fayette County Game Warden Zachery Hay reports two citations recently were filed for ATVs being operated on state game lands in Dunbar Township.

Somerset County Game Warden Zachary Edwards reports that, after a cooperative investigation among the Game Commission, DCNR, township police and the Attorney General’s office, a defendant has been found guilty of a misdemeanor and summary charge in a large dumping case spanning multiple jurisdictions in two counties. Fines and costs for charges within Somerset County totaled just under $500.

Somerset County Game Warden Zachary Edwards reports a defendant who was serving out a probationary sentence related to criminal charges, recently violated the conditions set by the court and consequently was ordered to serve up to 12 months imprisonment and pay an additional $3,700 in fines and restitution on top of what was previously ordered. All charges stemmed from the unlawful taking of big game in a closed season.

Somerset County Game Warden Zachary Edwards reminds residents to please leave wildlife alone as the young of the year are being born. Often the mothers of these young critters spend most of their day eating enough food to care for their young and leave them alone for long periods of time in order to do so. Disturbing or handling young wildlife increases the chance that it will be orphaned. Often wildlife that is handled by humans must be euthanized and tested for diseases like rabies which are transmissible and always fatal to humans if not addressed quickly.

Westmoreland County Game Warden Bill Brehun reports a Derry Township man has been charged for depositing a large amount of household trash along a public road.

Fayette and Westmoreland counties Game Warden Shawn Greevy reports he and three other officers recently trapped five jake turkeys as part of an ongoing research project.

te and Westmoreland counties Game Warden Shawn Greevy reports an increase in ATV activity on multiple Hunter Access cooperator properties. Night patrols in different areas with deputies and neighboring officers are being coordinated and trail cameras are set. Cooperators are encouraged to reach out to us and let us know what is happening on their properties. They enjoy hearing about us patrolling their areas and enforcing the game laws. We greatly appreciate them being so gracious and opening their properties to the public for hunting and trapping.