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

Seasonal Roads Open for Hunting & Trapping
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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 - May 19, 2017

Tioga County WCO Steve Brussese reports an individual has been charged for leaving his traps set and unattended after the close of the season. By not checking the traps, the individual was unaware that a small furbearer had subsequently been caught for an extended period of time, resulting in additional penalties.

Cameron County WCO Wayne A. Hunt reports filing citations on two individuals for operating motorized vehicles on state game lands.

Union County WCO Dirk Remensnyder reports that, while observing a prescribed burn on state game lands, numerous individuals from the public showed up and received a good education on the benefits of these burns.

Elk County WCO Jason Wagner reports that closed-road violations on both state game lands and Hunter Access properties continue to be a problem during the spring months. Multiple citations have been filed and investigations are ongoing. A number of unlawful tree stands have been left out throughout State Game Lands 25 and 311. They are untagged, causing damage to trees and have shooting lanes cut around them. WCO Wagner also reports assisting retired DWCO Dave Stubber who is the current Elk County Solid Waste Enforcement Officer with several dumping cases. One individual from St. Marys was a repeat offender who previously was cited for dumping on game lands.

McKean County WCO Skyler Gibble reports that individuals who were camping in the Allegheny National Forest took possession of a road-killed deer without acquiring the required permit from the Game Commission. Charges have been filed.

Potter County WCO Bill Ragosta reports his neighboring WCO Mark Fair is doing well after an unfortunate accident where a tree fell on his vehicle while he was driving. Many have asked about Mark’s condition, and thankfully his injuries weren’t as bad as they could have been. Given that I’m covering his district in his absence, I’ll surely be glad to see Mark back to active duty.

Land Management Group Supervisor Rodney Mee reports that the Northcentral Region’s prescribed burn crews were able to burn several hundred acres of herbaceous openings and forested tracts during April. The burns will help generate desirable species of oak in the woods and help promote old field habitats with native warm season grasses in our herbaceous openings. Both will help turkey and grouse reproduction and benefit a wide range of other big and small game species throughout the year.

Lycoming County WCO Kristoffer Krebs reports that two Trout Run residents pleaded guilty to charges stemming from an incident that occurred on March 19 in Pine Township, Lycoming County. The two pleaded guilty to one count each of operating a snowmobile on State Game Lands 75. The defendants each were ordered by Magisterial District Judge Lepley in Jersey Shore to pay a $100 fine.

Lycoming County WCO Harold Cole would like to remind those who know of a new hunter who needs to take a Hunter-Trapper Education course to be sure to sign them up. It is getting late in the year and classes will be filling up very fast. Make it easier on yourself and them and get registered for a class now.

McKean County WCO Jeffrey Orwig reports that charges were filed against a Bradford man for being in possession of marijuana and paraphernalia while fishing on the state game lands.

McKean County WCO Jeffrey Orwig reports that charges were filed against an individual for riding his ATV on co-op land.

Clinton County WCO Kirk Miller reports that warm weather has increased black bear activity in the area. If a black bear is in your area, take steps to remove birdfeeders and secure trash. As long as food sources are available, bears are likely to keep coming back.

Tioga County WCO Robert F. Minnich reports that April was busy with handling road-killed bear, bear complaints, moving bear traps around, trapping, processing and relocating trapped bear, attending the Arnot Sportsmens Club meeting, Lambs Creek Sportsmens Club meeting, Drug Endangered Children training, NWTF Banquet, Arnot H.T.E., meeting with USACOE, Legal updates training, Emergency vehicle operation class room training, Below100 training, Earth Day Mill Cove, Warren L. Miller Elementary outdoor evening, help sort and deliver seedlings, assist USFWS and Connecticut DEC with investigation, conduct law enforcement patrols on state game lands, district and turkey patrols and monitoring eagle nests.

Tioga County WCO Robert F. Minnich reports all bald-eagle nests in his district appear to have activity and most appear to have hatchlings in nests, but they’re too small to see in the nests at this point. Ospreys have moved back into area and most all nests appear to be active, with some new nests being used.

Tioga County WCO Robert F. Minnich reports bear complaints are coming in as are sightings. Mange in areas is also showing up and several bears have been euthanized due to severity of disease. Feeding situations are usually a common denominator in mange cases. So if you have something out that is attracting bears, please clean up these food sources as this might save bears from this potentially deadly disease, and save you some money, as feeding bears, even unintentionally, is illegal.

McKean County WCO Tom Sabolcik is investigating an incident that happened near the VFW on the West Eldred Road in Eldred Township, McKean County. On May 3, a man and woman were observed digging out a fox den to get to the pups, despite being told not to do so. They left the area before Sabolcik could respond. The last time Sabolcik dealt with a situation such as this, the fox pup turned out to be rabid and about a dozen people including children had to undergo treatment for rabies. Please contact either the Game Commission or the Public Health Office if you have any information.

McKean County WCO Tom Sabolcik reports that he and DWCO Dale Thielges responded to an incident where an osprey was stuck in the netting protecting a trout pond. Luckily the osprey’s wings were not tangled, just the talons. After cutting the net the osprey was released unharmed.

Elk County WCO Susan Edmiston reports five underage males were found drinking beer and whiskey around a campfire on State Game Lands 28 the afternoon prior to the opening of trout season. They had a large portable speaker playing loud music, which drew the officer’s attention. None was in possession of his identification. Warnings were given for the fire and failure to produce ID. Citations where filed for the possession and consumption of alcohol on state game lands.

Clearfield County WCO Mark Gritzer reports that assistance was provided to the Pennsylvania State Police in identifying non-human skeleton remains.

Clearfield County WCO Mark Gritzer and DWCO Jerry Schickling encountered a turkey hunter departing from his vehicle on the opening day and hour of spring turkey season. A routine field check revealed the person possessed an unplugged tactical shotgun and also had incorrect ammunition that didn’t match the firearm. This encounter prevented possible injury and the individual was instructed to make sure the shotgun meets magazine-capacity requirements before hunting with it again.

Centre and Clinton counties WCO Dan Murray reports, in April, he caught a male bear in a culvert trap that he’d caught in March the previous year. Last year, the bear weighed an estimated 225 pounds. This year, its weight was estimated at 350 pounds.

Centre and Clinton counties WCO Dan Murray reports that increased patrols and covert surveillance of Commission owned, leased or controlled lands have made a positive, measurable impact. Fewer arrests have been made in the targeted areas as compared to prior years, which indicates law-enforcement efforts have been successful resulting in voluntary compliance of the law in these areas.

Centre and Clinton counties Land Manager Eric Erdman wishes to remind all range users to be aware of Game Commission ranges with designated shooting stations. When there is a designated shooting station, the only location a shooter can fire from is that station. Moving in front of a designated shooting station to discharge a firearm is prohibited.

Lycoming County WCO Jonathan M. Wyant reports observing several bears with four and five cubs. This should be a good recruitment year for bears.