A person charged with violating the Game and Wildlife Code will have the charges adjudicated before a Magisterial District Judge or Court of Common Pleas having jurisdiction. In addition to imposing fines, the court may also order the revocation of hunting and furtaking privileges. Absent a court order, the Game Commission may suspend the hunting and furtaking privileges of persons convicted of violating the Game and Wildlife Code. While revocation can be assessed for any violation, it’s generally reserved for significant violations that affect the safety of people or property, or impact the valuable resources of the commonwealth.
Act 54 of 2010 significantly increased fines and revocation periods for serious violations. The following is a list of the most common revocations, but revocation may be applied to other violations, too.
Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact
Pennsylvania is the 36th state to join the Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact (IWVC). All persons convicted of a violation in Pennsylvania that results in the suspension of their hunting and furtaking privileges will receive in addition to the Pennsylvania revocation notice, an additional notification if the terms of the suspension will be shared with other states cooperating in the IWVC.
Persons having a license suspension in Pennsylvania, which is subject to the provisions of the IWVC, and who plan to hunt or trap in another state, must contact that state to determine their eligibility to purchase a license.
The IWVC also establishes a process whereby wildlife law violations by a nonresident from a member state are handled as if the person were a resident, meaning they can be issued a citation rather than being arrested, booked, and bonded. This process is a convenience for hunters and trappers of member states and increases efficiency of wildlife officers by allowing more time for enforcement duties rather than violator processing procedures.
For more information on the Interstate Wildlife Compact, visit the Game Commission website at www.pgc.pa.gov