Allegheny County Game Warden Dan Puhala reports several hunters have been encountered in the field while not wearing the required fluorescent orange clothing during the various October seasons. Hunters are reminded to review the digest, the Game Commission website or app for orange requirements – especially during overlap seasons. Hunters not in compliance with the fluorescent orange requirements can face up to a $200 fine, plus court costs.

Beaver County Game Warden Matt Kramer reports a Cranberry Township man was cited for archery hunting without purchasing an archery license. Not having a license, which would have cost the resident $16.90, now figures to cost significantly more.

Fayette and Westmoreland counties Game Warden Andy Harvey reports three men were convicted of numerous violations that occurred at the State Game Lands 51 shooting range. The trio were shooting multi-projectile ammunition, using targets not made of paper and were not using the established range backboards. They also littered, damaged property and didn’t have the proper licenses or range permits. “This range was recently upgraded by QDMA and we are attempting to keep it nice for all to enjoy,” Harvey said.

Fayette and Westmoreland counties Game Warden Andy Harvey reports charges have been filed against a Connellsville couple for failure to remove a skunk they had caught in a live trap in their yard. The skunk was left in the trap for well over a week before it died. “As a reminder, if you’re attempting to remove a nuisance animal; have a plan in place before you set a trap so you know what to do if you do catch an animal,” Harvey said.

Somerset County Game Warden Zachary Edwards reports a defendant pleaded guilty to multiple counts of unlawfully taken deer and various other violations over the course of two months. Fines and costs were assessed in excess of $1,300.

Somerset County State Game Warden Zachary Edwards reports a defendant pleaded guilty after being found hunting through the use of bait as an attractant for deer in Shade Township.

Somerset County Game Warden Brian Witherite and Cadet Tyler Barnes cited an individual for hunting deer during the archery season and overlap with the early muzzleloader season for hunting over bait, failure to wear and display the required amount of fluorescent orange and failure to have an identification tag on his tree stand, which was on lands open to public hunting. The individual was warned for damage to trees because of several screw-in steps he had installed to hold gear.

Somerset County Game Warden Brian Witherite reports two recent Hunter-Trapper Education classes were held and a total of 73 students were successful in obtaining their certification.

Westmoreland and Fayette counties Game Warden Chris Bergman reports a Fayette County individual is being charged with killing a protected deer that didn’t meet the antler restrictions.

Westmoreland and Fayette counties Game Warden Chris Bergman reports charges are being filed against a bowhunter for not possessing his hunting license or secondary form of ID on his person. The individual wasn’t wearing the required orange hat while moving and when Bergman turned the truck around to perform a field check, the individual was gone. He was quickly found hiding under a bridge spanning a small creek by Cadet Daniel Carl.

Westmoreland County Game Warden Bill Brehun reports three Derry Township residents have been charged for littering on public access lands. One defendant has agreed to pay a contractor to clean up the entire parking area.

Westmoreland County Game Warden Bill Brehun reports charges have been filed against a Unity Township man who used controlled substances while archery hunting. The defendant also failed to wear the proper fluorescent orange during overlapping seasons.

Westmoreland County Game Warden Bill Brehun reports two St. Clair Township men each had their antlered deer confiscated and charges filed for taking the deer unlawfully. The violations were detected after both men had shot and killed antlered deer with their crossbows and called for assistance as a bear found their deer and would not let them get near them. During the investigation the area was found to be baited, keeping the deer and bear coming back to their hunting location.

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