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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 - June 16, 2017

Tioga County WCO Steve Brussese reports that an individual has been charged for depositing trash on state game lands.

Clearfield County WCO Mark Gritzer reports results are in regarding two bull elk submitted to the animal diagnostics lab in State College in April. One animal died due complications from being infested with ticks, and the other death was related to rumen acidosis. Rumen acidosis is a disruption in the digestive tract caused by a sudden change in diet, causing the stomach content to become acidic. An abundance of corn was prevalent in the rumen during the necropsy.

Potter County WCO Bill Ragosta reports issuing a fair number of written warnings for feeding bears. Aside from the obvious nuisance such activity creates, feeding bears is especially troubling given the mange epidemic in certain parts of the state.

Union County WCO Dirk Remensnyder reports that local police officers are becoming very adept at helping to rescue wildlife. In two weeks, police officers assisted in reuniting a fawn deer with its mother and did the same with two broods of ducklings that fell into a storm drain.

Cameron County WCO Wayne A. Hunt, reports citing five individuals for driving motor vehicles on lands closed to travel.

Elk County WCO Susan Edmiston reports that several violations were encountered on state game lands on Memorial Day weekend. Citations were filed for possession of alcohol and camping on state game lands. Citations also were filed for riding ATVs and dirt bikes on Forest Game cooperator properties open to public hunting.

McKean County WCO Jeffrey Orwig reports that charges were filed against several individuals from Kane for littering and damage to trees.

McKean County WCO Jeffrey Orwig reports that charges were filed against several individuals for riding ATVs on co-op land.

Lycoming County WCO Jonathan M. Wyant reports observing several bucks sporting visible racks.

Elk County WCO Jason Wagner reports that 13 citations and 16 warnings were issued for violations on Hunter Access property in Jay Township over Memorial Day weekend. Violations included operating motor vehicles in closed areas, unregistered and uninsured ATVs and fleeing to avoid identification.

Centre and Clinton counties WCO Dan Murray reports that instances of bears with mange are on the rise in the district and that wildlife feeding likely is the main cause of mange spreading in bears.

McKean County WCO Skyler Gibble reports, while traveling near Lewis Run, a fisher ran from a hemlock stand and in front of his vehicle. “This was the first fisher I have seen alive,” he said. “I’m glad to see them doing well.”

Centre and Clinton counties Land Manager Eric Erdman was looking over areas recently treated with controlled burns on State Game Lands 33 in Centre County when a ruffed grouse false charged his vehicle. “While I was slowly driving along a wide grass firebreak, I briefly noticed something moving in short grass off to the side of my vehicle. Before I could identify the chicks, a protective adult grouse flew out of the burn area, toward my open window,” he said. “Luckily it didn’t perceive me as a real threat and let me pass by without incident. When I drove by a second time to leave the area, I gave the group a wider pass, but received the same treatment.”

Clinton County WCO Kirk Miller reports that, during the last full week of the 2017 spring gobbler season, a hen with about a dozen poults was spotted in Sproul State Forest.