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Southwest Region

 

News Releases

October 17, 2018: Deer Hunter Focus Areas Offer Site-Specific Hunting Opportunities
September 28, 2018: State Game Lands 203 Range Opening Deplayed
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 - October 26, 2018

Allegheny County Game Warden Dan Puhala reports a hunter recently pleaded guilty to charges stemming from a turkey being shot out-of-season this past September. The local magistrate assessed fines totaling $1,500, and the individual likely will lose his hunting privileges for up to three years.

Allegheny County Game Warden Dan Puhala reports that, even though the State Game Lands 203 shooting range has been closed for much-needed construction and repairs, several individuals have attempted to use the range, which is posted as closed. This not only creates an unsafe situation for the workers, but for the shooters, as well.

Allegheny County Game Warden Dan Puhala reports several individuals are facing charges for hunting in baited areas during the archery deer season. These hunters used a wide variety of deer attractants, from corn to mineral blocks to special deer food and mineral mixtures. Hunters are reminded it is illegal to hunt in an area or take advantage of an area where food or minerals have been placed prior to 30 days after the removal of the bait and any residue.

Armstrong County Game Warden Rod Burns investigated a large dumpsite with trash from a foreclosure property in a neighboring county. After many phone calls and an interview with the suspect, charges were filed for two dumping violations resulting in over $600 in fines. Along with entering guilty pleas, the defendant agreed to clean up the site and relocated 3,700 pounds of trash to a legal refuse facility.

Beaver County Game Warden Matt Kramer reports a large illegal dumpsite recently was discovered on Hunter Access property in Potter Township. Located along the Raccoon Creek Greenway, the dump contained several televisions, computers and associated devices. An investigation is ongoing.

Beaver County Game Warden Matt Kramer reports he and Cadet Cameron Murphy successfully removed a 30-pound nuisance beaver from a horse pasture where flooding was occurring. The beaver was relocated to more-suitable habitat in another part of the district.

Beaver County Game Warden Matt Kramer reports all of the pheasant hunters he and Cadet Cameron Murphy checked on the opening day of pheasant season were in compliance with pheasant permit requirements, and nearly all had harvested their two-bird limit.

Beaver County Game Warden Mike Yeck reports a poaching case that involved two individuals illegally killing 10 white-tailed deer in two nights in October 2017 has been adjudicated. Fines and replacement costs in the case total over $8,000. The firearm used was forfeited to the Game Commission for destruction and both individuals received court-ordered lifetime revocation of their hunting license privileges. The information that led to the initial investigation was provided through the agency’s Operation Game Thief program.

Cambria County Game Warden Seth Mesoras reports recently finishing a large-scale illegal ATV-operation case that spanned over two years. Trail-camera photos from State Game Lands 198 and 26 led to the apprehension of 10 individuals. In total, 37 citations were filed and 73 warnings were issued to the 10 individuals for illegal ATV operation on state game lands and cooperator properties.

Cambria County Game Warden Seth Mesoras reports that, during the first week of the archery deer season, six different individuals were cited for hunting in baited areas. Several of the individuals were within a Disease Management Area where it is unlawful to feed deer at any time of the year. One of the individuals also shot a deer while in a safety zone over a pile of minerals.

Somerset County Game Warden Shawn Barron reports three individuals were charged for unlawfully harvesting wild ginseng on State Game Lands 223 in Greene County in September.

Somerset County Game Warden Shawn Barron reports a Scottdale man was charged for hunting through the use of bait on multiple occasions during the first week of the statewide archery deer season. He was also charged for illegally harvesting an antlerless deer through the use of bait. The man was warned for tree-stand violations on Hunter Access property and will also be charged by DCNR Forest Rangers for violations occurring on neighboring State Forest Land.

Somerset County Game Warden Shawn Barron reports a Carnegie man was charged with hunting through the use of bait as well as unlawfully an antlerless deer with an inline muzzleloader through the use of corn and a mineral block.

Westmoreland County Game Warden Bill Brehun reports a Ligonier Township man has been charged for allowing his dog to chase down and kill a white-tailed deer.

Westmoreland County Game Warden Bill Brehun reports a Derry Township man has been charged for transporting and dumping trash onto Hunter Access lands known as the Trout Run Woods.

Westmoreland County Game Warden Bill Brehun reports a St. Clair Township woman has been charged for placing and storing personal property on State Game Lands 42. The charges were filed after failing to follow direct orders to remove all items within a specified time period.