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Seasonal Roads, Designated Routes, Snowmobile Trails and Access for Hunters with Disabilities

Seasonal Roads Open for Hunting & Trapping
Designated Routes for Horses and Bicycles
State Game Lands 176 (The Barrens) Designated Routes brochure (PDF)
Snowmobile Trails
Access Routes for Hunters with Disabilities
State Game Lands 311 Equestrian Trail (PDF)

Public Shooting Ranges

Public Shooting Ranges in the Northcentral Region

Field Officer Reports - October 13, 2017

Clinton County WCO Kirk Miller reports that it was nice to see good hunter participation on the first day of archery season.

Elk County WCO Jason Wagner reports that, on the opening day of archery season, multiple citations were filed against two individuals for violations on State Game Lands 44 in Fox Township. One man was hunting over a large pile of corn and a second was hunting at a site where corn had been present less than 30 days prior to the season opening. In addition, both men were hunting from tree stands placed overnight, without being tagged, and they were using screw-in hangers and had cut down multiple trees.

Centre and Clinton counties WCO Dan Murray reports finding a deer hunter in an area baited with corn and a mineral block. Charges have been filed.

McKean County WCO Jeffrey Orwig reports that he and DWCO Wayne Foltz caught two nonresidents operating there side-by-sides on state game lands. Charges were filed.

McKean County WCO Jeffrey Orwig reports that, even with a dry summer, there is a good food source and plenty of game being seen.

Lycoming County WCO Harold Cole reports an injured red-tailed hawk he picked up Aug. 21 near Larry’s Creek, in Mifflin Township, Lycoming County had been banded on Oct. 28, 2016 as a juvenile near Franklinville in Huntingdon County. Unfortunately, the hawk’s injuries required it to be euthanized.

Clearfield County WCO Mark Gritzer reports that a bull elk was discovered dead by a photographer. Necropsy results indicate that animal had a fractured femur, most likely sustained while fighting with other elk during the breeding season.

Clearfield County WCO Mark Gritzer reports that a Lanse individual was encountered hunting through the use of bait on the opening day of archery deer season.

Clearfield County WCO Mark Gritzer reports that multiple ATV operators on Hunter Access property refused to stop for identification or inspection while the emergency lights on his vehicle were activated. Numerous subjects were identified based on past encounters and charges are pending for failure to stop on signal for a law enforcement officer.

Clearfield County WCO Mark Gritzer reports that bear-trapping efforts are underway in agriculture areas due to corn damage.

Elk County WCO Susan Edmiston reports encountering recent baiting violations. One crossbow hunter had salt and grain placed within 20 yards of the stand. If you encounter baited areas while hunting, please note the location and report to a Pennsylvania Game Commission office or via the PGC website.

Union County WCO Dirk Remensnyder reports having two new deputies complete the school and pass their final exams and are now out in the field training and working.

Tioga County WCO Robert Minnich advises all hunters to make sure to check the seasons, laws and regulations that apply to the areas they hunt. Just because something is in season in one Wildlife Management Unit does not mean it is in season elsewhere. If signs are posted, be sure to read them.

Tioga County WCO Robert Minnich reports weather and leaves are beginning to change and wildlife is moving more for food to fatten up for the winter. “Be careful driving, especially in the early morning and evening hours,” he advised.

Cameron County WCO Wayne A. Hunt reports euthanizing a large bull elk that was injured while fighting. This type of incident happens most every year. While results like these unsettling, the meat in this case was donated, and antlers were purchased by a Good Samaritan who offered his help.

Potter County WCO Bill Ragosta reports numerous ongoing nuisance bear and mangy bear complaints, as well as the citing of an individual for hunting deer over multiple food sources.