- Category: Investigations
Two juveniles also are charged in a sweeping probe of deer poaching.
DALLAS – Nicholas A. Rosencrance, 19, of Scott Township, faces multiple game law charges resulting from a deer-killing spree that occurred in late January 2018, according to Pennsylvania Game Commission officials.
Charges against Rosencrance today were filed at the office of Magisterial District Judge Paul Keeler, Chinchilla.
A disturbing video posted on Facebook, showing a male juvenile kicking and stabbing a paralyzed white-tailed deer, was provided to the Game Commission in October. Lackawanna County State Game Warden Kevin Moran and other game wardens conducted multiple suspect interviews and collected forensic evidence that led to charges against Rosencrance and two juveniles.
The Game Commission alleges Rosencrance participated in killing or shooting at four deer in North Abington and Scott townships in January 2018 and that he provided the rifle, vehicle and spotlight. Game wardens executed a search warrant at his residence in Scott Township on Nov. 9 and confiscated a rifle, deer parts, drug paraphernalia and electronic evidence.
- Created: 14 January 2019
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- Category: General Info
While it might be winter, landowners can begin making plans to help wildlife this spring – and beyond – by planting tree and shrub seedlings offered by the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s Howard Nursery.
The 2019 seedling order form is available online, and sales are set to begin Jan. 7 at 7 a.m.
The Howard Nursery grows tree and shrub seedlings for state game lands, participating Hunter Access cooperators, the Seedlings for Schools program and the Game Commission’s conservation partners. Any remaining surplus is available to Pennsylvania residents for purchase for wildlife food and cover, watershed protection, soil-erosion control, and for reclamation of disturbed areas, such as surface mine sites and utility rights-of-way.
- Created: 04 January 2019
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- Category: Hunting and Fishing Safety
Game Commission campaign seeks to increase hunter safety.
Scouring nearly 30 years of medical-database records, a group of doctors has found that nearly 40 hunters each year in Pennsylvania experience falls from tree stands that result in traumatic injuries.
On its own, that number might be surprising; even sobering. But it tells only part of the story.
Little is known about the exact number of Pennsylvania hunters who fall from tree stands each year or the reasons why they fall.
But one thing is clear – if every tree-stand user wore a full-body harness and kept it attached to the tree at all times while hunting from or installing or taking down an elevated platform, or climbing or descending trees, 100 percent of severe falls to the ground could be eliminated.
In Pennsylvania, there’s no requirement to report tree-stand falls, and even if there were, some falls inevitably would be missed. But by delving into records available on the Pennsylvania Trauma Systems Foundation database, Dr. Joseph Smith and his colleagues have compiled what’s believed to be the only report on tree-stand falls endured by Pennsylvania hunters.
- Created: 03 October 2018
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- Category: On The Job
Two York County men have been charged in the felony assault of a State Game Warden in Norwegian Township, Schuylkill County.
Wade Michael Winemiller, 57, of Wrightsville, and Thomas E. Kelly Jr., 57, of Glen Rock, have been charged in the assault of State Deputy Game Warden David P. Fidler.
The incident occurred Dec. 1 when Fidler was investigating a complaint of deer possibly being shot from ATVs on Peach Mountain within a Hunter Access Program property that is patrolled by Game Commission officers.
- Created: 06 December 2018
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- Category: Laws and Regulations
As the statewide deer seasons kick off, hunters will have their first opportunity to recover big game they’ve shot by tracking the animal’s escape trail with a leashed dog.
Gov. Tom Wolf earlier this year signed into law a bill that allows for the use of leashed tracking dogs to recover big game that cannot be recovered by hunters.
The legislation, sponsored by state Sen. Mario M. Scavello, provides another choice for hunters who have shot and inflicted injury on a white-tailed deer, black bear or elk, but lose the trail.
“This law will provide greater recovery of big game shot by hunters,” noted Game Commission Executive Director Bryan Burhans. “Trailing big game can require specialized tracking skills, especially after nightfall. And if it’s a warmer night, or rain is approaching, every minute matters. Within a few hours, downed big game might spoil.”
- Created: 30 September 2018
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- Category: Seasons and Bag Limits
Pennsylvania’s coming firearms deer season looks as promising as ever to the hundreds of thousands of hunters awaiting its start on the Monday after Thanksgiving.
Deer hunters have seen the statewide buck harvest increase over each of the past three years, and more than a million whitetails have been taken by hunters over the same period. Many are wondering, “Can it get any better?”
Unseasonably warm weather, later leaf-drop and rain made it more challenging to pattern deer movements and take whitetails throughout the statewide six-week archery season, which concluded Nov. 12. Now the Commonwealth’s “orange-clad army” awaits its next opportunity to hunt deer in the statewide firearms season.
Pennsylvania’s firearms season draws the biggest crowd and consequently has been the state’s principal deer-management tool for more than a century. In many rural areas, the opener is equivalent to a holiday, and some schools still close their doors to allow their students – and teachers – to hunt.
- Created: 15 November 2018
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- Category: Officer Memorials
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.
- Created: 01 May 2018
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