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Southwest Region

 

News Releases

September 4, 2018: Southwest Region Hosts Public State Game Lands Tour
September 4, 2018: Road Through State Game Lands 051 To Be Closed Intermittently Now Through November For Resurfacing And Other Improvements
September 4, 2018: State Game Lands 203 Range To Be Closed September 10 - September 28 For Drainage Improvements
July 12, 2018: Two Johnstown Area Residents Charged In Deer Poaching Spree Reach Plea Agreement
June 28, 2018: Peregrine Falcon Fledgling Found On Elizabeth Bridge Successfully Fostered To A Wild Peregrine Nest
February 5, 2018: State Game Lands 203 Rifle Range To Be Closed February 15 & 16 For Building Demolition
January 26, 2018: Multiple Charges Filed Against Two Johnstown Area Residents In Connection To A Deer Poaching Spree
January 12, 2018: Chronic Wasting Disease Open House Announced

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 - September 14, 2018

Allegheny County Game Warden Dan Puhala reports he’s encountered several individuals at the State Game Lands 203 ranges who bought their hunting licenses without taking the required Hunter-Trapper Education. Those who do not meet the legal exemptions listed in the law are required to be certified before purchasing a license. Those who are in possession of an unlawfully obtained license are subject to the fines and penalties.

Beaver County Game Warden Mike Yeck reports filing charges in the killing of a white-tailed deer. The subject admitted to shooting in the general direction of the deer to scare them away. The killing was never reported to an officer, and the deer was dragged into the nearby woods and left to decompose.

Fayette and Westmoreland counties Game Warden Andy Harvey reports an increase in illegal motorized vehicle activity on the hike-and-bike trail located near Mill Run Reservoir. This trail is open to bicycles and foot travel, but users are reporting seeing full-size trucks and ATVs using it as well. Many users have been run off the trail by these machines.

Fayette and Westmoreland counties Game Warden Andy Harvey reports there have been numerous bobcat sightings around Fayette County, especially in the Dunbar Mountain area. Many have been getting trail-camera pictures or see bobcats as they are out hiking.

Somerset County Game Warden Zachary Edwards reports a defendant recently pleaded guilty to drug charges stemming from an incident that occurred on Hunter Access property in Somerset County.

Somerset County Game Warden Zachary Edwards reports a defendant recently pleaded guilty to charges of purchasing a hunting license while on revocation and purchasing a hunting license under a false name.

Somerset County Game Warden Brian Witherite is investigating multiple ATV violations that recently occurred on Hunter Access property.

Somerset County Game Warden Brian Witherite is investigating hunters who participated in Red Tag hunting on a farm that is within DMA 2 and transported the high-risk parts outside the DMA, which is in violation of the executive order pertaining to CWD

Somerset County Game Warden Shawn Barron reports two Fayette County residents were charged with possession of a controlled substance and paraphernalia on State Game Lands 111 in Somerset County. The defendants were also warned for possession of alcohol on state game lands, as well as fishing without a required license.

Somerset County Game Warden Shawn Barron reports several violations at the State Game Lands 50 shooting range have been observed recently. Many violations stem from users failing to purchase their 2018-19 hunting or furtaker license, or range permit. All users are reminded that a VALID license or permit is needed to use Game Commission shooting ranges.

Westmoreland County Game Warden Michael J. Papinchak reports a woman was seen by a motorist walking a fawn on a leash in the front yard of her home. She turned over the fawn, which was wearing a dog harness and living in her home with dogs.

Westmoreland County Game Warden Michael J. Papinchak reports an individual, on the day of his release from prison, illegally took possession of a white-tailed deer. Charges have been filed.

Westmoreland County Game Warden Michael J. Papinchak reports a shared investigation with the Vandergrift Police resulted in one individual being found guilty of unlawful possession of white-tailed deer meat. A second individual is awaiting trial for the unlawful possession of the same deer and three charges related to fraudulent statements made to acquire licenses.

Westmoreland County Game Warden Michael J. Papinchak reports several individuals have been charged with transporting and dumping garbage on properties under Game Commission control and open to public hunting.