Deputy Waterways Conservation Officers (DWCOs),
working with Waterways Conservation Officers (WCOs),
perform mainly specialized law enforcement duties in
protecting, conserving and enhancing the Commonwealth’s
Deputies work long hours, often on weekends and
holidays. As volunteers, they receive a small stipend to help
with expenses; however, they are not otherwise compensated.
Any officer may nominate a deputy for this service-based
recognition. Regional committees in the Commission’s Bureau
of Law Enforcement and Regional Outreach and Education
Coordinators review the nominations to choose one award
recipient in each region. The six nominee award winners are
presented with a dated plaque at their annual winter region
meeting. The awards carry the distinction of the recipients
knowing that their peers selected them.
The six region nominees are reviewed for a final selection of
the Statewide Deputy of the Year award winner.
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Commissioners allocate 838,000 antlerless licenses for 2018-19.
The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners today gave final approval to hunting and trapping seasons and bag limits for the 2018-19 license year.
A list of all seasons and bag limits appears at the end of this news release.
The commissioners also set the number of antlerless deer licenses to be allocated, as well as the number of elk licenses to be allocated for the coming license year.
Highlights include expanded opportunity for doves and woodcock.
Pennsylvania’s 2018-19 migratory game bird seasons have been selected.
Annual migratory game bird seasons are selected by states from frameworks established by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). Game Commission selections were made after reviewing last year’s season results, population survey data, and input gathered from hunters and the public.
“Under the USFWS regulatory schedule in place since 2016, states now make season selections in early spring rather than late summer,” said Ian Gregg, chief of the Game Commission’s Game Management Division. “Thus, they can be announced and published alongside other hunting season dates, providing hunters additional time to plan their vacations.”
May 11 ceremony in Harrisburg to precede honors in Washington, D.C.
A Pennsylvania Game Commission state game warden who died in the line-of-duty will be added to the agency’s Fallen Officers Memorial at the Harrisburg headquarters and to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C.
District Game Protector Robert E. Zimmerman, 35, of Shiremanstown, Cumberland County, was killed May 13, 1957 in a vehicular accident on Route 11 near Danville. His death was uncovered by staff in an old Pennsylvania Game News magazine.
Zimmerman will be added to the Game Commission’s Fallen Officers Memorial at a 10:30 a.m. ceremony on May 11 at the agency’s Harrisburg headquarters. His name will be added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial on May 13 during National Police Week.
Zimmerman is the 10th Game Commission officer to be added to these memorials.
2018 Winner Gun Raffle Winners from April 7, 2018
1. Jack Mizerak – Madison, OH
2. William McGlone – Long Pond, PA
3. Richard Carbaugh – Horton, PA
4. Anthony Carwo – Mifflinburg, PA
5. James Staub – Hanover, PA
6. Mike Powell – Springs Mills, PA
7. Steve Tipton – Aston, PA
8. Michael Hall – Meadville, PA
9. Tim Marks – Milroy, PA
10. Scott Shuler – Beaver Falls, PA
WCO Erik Shellgren and WCO Gregory Pochran visited the fourth- and tenth-grade cell biology students on Tuesday, March 6.
The students had the opportunity to learn about runoff and chemicals that affect local trout streams.
A PowerPoint presentation was shown with information about brook trout in our local streams. Several slides showed damage to local creeks from brine, chemicals, and sediment runoff.
To enhance the lesson, WCO Shellgren showed the students how sediments cover the spawned eggs in the streams in a small aquarium. This depletes the oxygen for the eggs preventing hatching.
Cooking oil was also used to show how oil floats on top of the water. Oil can also damage local streams and harm the trout.
The students always enjoy learning about our local ecosystems.
Multiple deer killed unlawfully in Susquehanna County
DALLAS – A search warrant executed by Pennsylvania State Game Wardens on Jan. 25 at a residence along Berg Hill Road, Gibson Township, Susquehanna County, revealed evidence of deer that were killed by persons hunting at night and using bait. One man living at the residence, and performing work associated with the natural gas industry, was subsequently cited for killing three white-tailed deer, and attempting to kill others, over an extended period of time. His roommate was cited for assisting in the killings.
Susquehanna County Game Warden Benjamin Rebuck filed charges against James D. Hawkins, 62, and William C. Corbell, 26, both of Hamilton Miss., for multiple violations of the Game and Wildlife Code. Charges were filed at the office of Magisterial District Judge Suzanne Brainard in Clifford on Feb. 13.
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