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GAME LAW VIOLATIONS & LICENSE REVOCATIONS
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 are not the only violations to which revocation may be applied:

REVOCATION PERIOD REQUIRED BY LAW:
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Failure to respond to a citation - Indefinite revocation or until adjudicated
Failure to pay a fine in full within 180 days after adjudication - Indefinite or until paid
Hunting or trapping under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance - 1 year
Refusal to submit to a chemical or blood test - 1 year or second/subsequent refusal - 3 years
Shooting at another person resulting in no injury or minor injury - 2 years; causing serious injury - 5 to 10 years; killing
another person - 15 years
Failure to render assistance or fleeing after shooting (nonfatal incident) - 10 years; failure to render assistance or fleeing after
shooting (fatal incident) - 15 years/Second offense - additional 10 years

REVOCATION PERIODS FOR OTHER GAME & WILDLIFE CODE VIOLATIONS:
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Assaulting an officer - 3 years
Resisting or interfering with an officer; failure to stop on signal by an officer; turning off lights to avoid arrest or detection - 2
years
Unlawful use of lights to take wildlife - Big game up to 5 years for first offense; other wildlife 3 years for first offense
Buying or selling wildlife or edible parts contrary to law - Threatened or endangered species - 7 years first offense; big
game - up to 5 years first offense; other wildlife - 3 years first offense
Take, injure, kill, possess or transport big game during closed season or beyond daily or season bag limits - up to 5 years first
offense
Hunting or furtaking while on revocation - 5 years
Killing or attempting to kill game through the use of bait as an enticement - bear or elk - 3 years; all other game - 2 years
Killing, wounding or attempting to kill a deer with a firearm during the archery season - 2 years
Unlawfully taken big game (in season) - Bear or elk - 3 years; deer or turkey - 1 year
Disturbing traps of another; trapping/furtaking during closed season; multiple violations in 2-year period; refuse to produce
identification to an officer; killing protected wildlife; hunting small game in a closed season; taking over the daily bag limit of
small game or migratory birds - 1 year

INTERSTATE WILDLIFE VIOLATOR COMPACT
On January 1, 2011, Pennsylvania became the 36th state to join the Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact (IWVC).
The IWVC is an agreement that authorizes states to recognize the suspension of hunting and furtaking privileges in
member states. A person's conviction and suspension in one state may affect their hunting and furtaking privileges in
all states participating in the IWVC. A person, who commits a violation in Pennsylvania and, as a result, is placed on
license revocation, may also be suspended in all member states.
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 Violator Compact, visit the Game Commission website at www.
pgc.state.pa.us.

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