- Category: Investigations
DALLAS – Pennsylvania Game Commission officials today announced that a Pike County man has been successfully prosecuted for the illegal taking or possession of 11 antlered deer over a several-year period.
James A. Twaite, 72, of Rowland, was found guilty of 11 summary counts of the unlawful taking or possession of game or wildlife, one count of hunting in an area where bait was used as an enticement, and one count of failure to tag big-game kills.
The charges were filed by State Game Warden Kevin Moran at the office of Magisterial District Judge Alan Cooper, Shohola. During a hearing held on Dec. 13, Twaite was found guilty of all charges. Fines and court costs were assessed at just under $10,000 and Twaite faces the loss of Pennsylvania hunting license privileges for 13 years.
The Game Commission received information that Twaite posted a photograph of a recently killed protected antlered deer on his Facebook page during the 2018 archery deer season. An investigation conducted by Moran and Game Warden Cadet Patrick Sowers determined that the protected deer also was killed in a baited area and was not tagged.
- Created: 30 December 2018
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- Category: General Info
Free app can be installed on mobile devices for handy use anywhere.
Whether you’re looking for a place to hunt, need a license or want an easy way to report your deer or turkey harvest, the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s new mobile-device app is a one-stop shop that’s loaded with information hunters and trappers need most.
Through the app, which is free to download at the iTunes and Google Play stores, hunters can find out what’s in season and where, when hunting hours start and end, and whether they’ll need to wear fluorescent orange while in the field, and how much.
The app provides instant access to the Hunting & Trapping Digest – the Game Commission’s complete regulations handbook – as well as the agency’s Mapping Center, which charts hunting opportunities including pheasant releases on state game lands and other hunting properties.
Those in need of licenses can buy them online through the app, or find an issuing agent nearby where they can pick up a license in person. And those who are successful in big-game pursuits can report their harvests through the app, learn the locations of bear and elk check stations, or find a processor where they can donate venison through the Hunters Sharing the Harvest program.
- Created: 26 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
Board also strengthens public hunting requirement in deer-control permits.
HARRISBURG, PA - The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners today gave final approval to allow mourning dove hunting in managed dove fields, areas where grain or other agricultural or natural food has been scattered where it’s grown. Food or grain not naturally grown on the site cannot be added to managed fields.
Grain can be manipulated in managed fields until Sept. 15 through mowing, shredding, discing, rolling, chopping, trampling, flattening, burning or herbicide treatments.
CREATING CLARITY FOR DEER CONTROL PERMITS
The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners today gave preliminary approval to a measure that will strengthen the “public hunting” component for deer-control permits the Game Commission issues for deer problems on private and public properties, often within suburban and urban areas.
The goal of this permit revision is to improve the use and prominence of public hunting without unduly restricting the effectiveness of a deer-control permit.
Permit criteria always had stipulated that lawful hunting be allowed on public lands seeking deer-control permits, unless waived by the agency’s executive director. Often applicants established organized control hunts, while others have organized or invited hunting clubs to help reduce deer numbers. Still others invited only local government employees to engage in hunting on the permitted properties.
- Created: 01 August 2018
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- Category: Investigations
DALLAS – Two wolf hybrids were seized in mid-October by the Pennsylvania Game Commission after the animals in May attacked a two-year-old child at the Wilkes-Barre Dog Park.
David Cannon Jr., 54, of Plains, faces two counts of unlawful acts related to exotic wildlife possession permits and one count of failure to safeguard the public from attack by exotic wildlife. Charges were filed by State Game Warden Phil White at the office of Magisterial District Judge Joseph D. Spagnuolo Jr., Plains, and carry a maximum total penalty of $1,500.
The two wolf hybrids – a male and a female – were seized during a search warrant executed on Oct. 18 at Cannon’s residence. Wolf hybrids are considered exotic wildlife under the PA Game and Wildlife Code.
- Created: 10 November 2018
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- Category: Pennsylvania Wildlife
Isolated cases of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) recently have been found in parts of Clearfield, Jefferson, and Franklin counties. Hoping to stamp out these new CWD infections, the Game Commission as well as the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Wildlife Services (USDA-WS) will be contacting landowners for permission to conduct targeted removals or small-scale deer reductions within 1 to 2 miles of these isolated cases.
The number of deer to be removed in each area will vary and is based on the local deer population. The goal is to remove and test enough deer to determine if CWD has established itself in the area. On average 100 to 200 deer will need to be removed to reach this objective.
The venison from those deer that does not test positive for CWD will be donated to participating landowners or cooperating food banks
- Created: 27 February 2019
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- Category: Investigations
FRANKLIN – An Erie man has been charged by the Pennsylvania Game Commission for unlawfully killing antlerless two deer while his hunting license is revoked.
Jonathon M. Gindy, 32, faces two felony counts for unlawfully killing the deer and one first-degree summary count for hunting while his hunting license was revoked. As part of a major revision to the Game and Wildlife Code enacted in 2010, any person convicted of a third offense inside of a seven-year period faces felony charges. These charges mark the third time Gindy has been charged in the last three years. Additionally, when wildlife is taken unlawfully there are replacement costs. The replacement cost of an unlawfully taken deer is a minimum of $800 each.
Also charged is an accomplice, Anthony J. Double, 40, of Erie. As a first-time offender, Double is charged with one first-degree summary count for the unlawfully killing big game.
- Created: 24 October 2018
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