Field officers for the state Game Commission's Northcentral region filed the following reports on Dec. 21, according to the agency's website:
Lycoming County Wildlife Conservation Officer Harold Cole spoke to quite a few individuals this year who had questions on very basic laws concerning hunting while they were out hunting.
"Most of the questions people had are easily answered in the Hunting and Trapping Digest they received when they purchased their license," he said. "Please remember there are usually some changes each year that you need to be aware of before you go out hunting; that is why the digest is published and includes an 'Updates' section after the index page. The digest also is available on the Game Commission's website."
"In one case, a woman was preparing to take her young kids out for the school bus when a guy pulled up near the house and fired a shot from the car at a deer," she said. "He was within 50 yards of this house and 100 yards from another house. The lady called in a description of the vehicle and he was apprehended nearby. He had shot at a doe even though he did not have an antlerless license. This type of behavior is egregious and must be stopped. Thank goodness the witness called promptly so we could teach the hunter the error of his ways."
"Always ask permission to hunt on private land, even if you see the PGC signs there, and remember to thank the landowner for the opportunity," she said.
"Seven individuals were cited as a result of hunting in a baited area," he said. "Bait items included minerals, corn, donuts, apples, pears, sunflowers and peanut butter smeared on a tree."
Field officers for the state Game Commission's Northeast region filed the following reports on Dec. 21, according to the agency's website:
"I handled several violations, including damage to trees on SGL 84, hunting without having passed a basic HTE class, improperly tagging big game, shooting a person and causing injury, and possessing a loaded firearm in a moving motorized vehicle," he said.
"Complaints about road hunting were coming in almost daily this year," he said. "Other major violations were deer that not tagged properly, having loaded guns in vehicles and hunting without a license."
"I would like to thank WCOs Seth Mesoras, Jim McCarthy and Phil White," he said. "I did not have a single bad day while on field training and it is all thanks to these officers. Thanks for giving my career such an amazing jump start. Hope to see you all at graduation."
"Four individuals were cited for hunting through the use of bait, others were issued warnings, and a significant portion of the large camp was closed to hunting for the remainder of the season," he said.