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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 Reports - November 22, 2017

Elk County WCO Jason Wagner reports that, on the opening day of the elk season, an individual shot two cow elk in Elk Hunt Zone 2 and failed to report the second kill. Eyewitnesses reported the violation and were instrumental in the investigation. Charges are pending.

Lycoming County WCO Harold Cole reports he asked several hunters this fall if they report their harvests, and very few said they did. Cole reminds hunters that reporting deer and turkey harvests is required by law; it’s a violation NOT to report your harvests. And better reporting leads to more accurate harvest and population estimates.

Potter County WCO Bill Ragosta reports an extremely successful archery bear season, with many nice animals harvested. There have also been a fair number of game law violations investigated and citations issued for cases ranging from permit violations to unlawfully taken deer to hunting in a baited area.

Centre and Clinton counties WCO Dan Murray reports that several people have been cited for various game law violations including locating game or wildlife by motor vehicle, taking game or wildlife through the use of bait or enticement, and unlawful taking or possession of game or wildlife.

Lycoming County WCO Kris Krebs reports hunters in Lycoming County harvested some exceptional bucks during the archery deer season.

Clearfield County WCO David Stewart reports the two CWD open houses held in the county during October were well attended. Sportsmen showed their true concern for the impact this disease could have on the Commonwealth’s deer and elk populations.

Clinton County WCO Kirk Miller reports that two individuals face fines of up to $200 each after they were stopped spotlighting at 2:30 a.m.

Elk County WCO Susan Edmiston reports that a Johnsonburg man has pleaded guilty to two counts of hunting through the use of bait. The man was hunting with a crossbow in a stand that, the evening prior, had a pile of apples about five yards from the ladder. When interviewed, the hunter he stated he did not know whose trail camera was pointed right at the bait and he did not have a key to it. The camera was seized and a search warrant was obtained. The search of the camera revealed the same individual hunting the stand three days prior and placing apples in front of the ladder. The fines and costs for the two charges totaled $520.

Union County WCO Dirk Remensnyder reports issuing six citations or warnings in one night for spotlighting after hours.

Centre County WCO Michael Ondik reports two individuals were cited for spotlighting at 12:30 a.m.

Clearfield County WCO Mark Gritzer reports a person affiliated with an elk guide service was encountered using his vehicle’s headlights in attempt to locate elk on the opening day of elk season prior to sunrise.

Clearfield County WCO Mark Gritzer reports that a senior hunter was observed jumping out of a vehicle and shooting at an antlerless deer on the first day of the early rifle October deer season. Charges were filed and the subject pleaded guilty. The hunter missed the deer with a .222 rifle at 251 yards away.

Clearfield County WCO Mark Gritzer reports that an archery hunter was found to be hunting through the use of bait. The hunter was using a molasses deer lick screwed into a tree on private property, with his stand being 10 feet away from the enticement. Charges were filed for the baiting violation and for a license violation.

Lycoming County WCO Jonathan M. Wyant reports the early season deer harvest was way up in the eastern end of the county. One local butcher had to stop accepting deer due to not having enough space in the coolers.

Tioga County WCO Robert Minnich reports detecting no violations for failing to possess a pheasant permit, but many hunters were found to have unsigned licenses, some had no ID with them, and a few had old licenses in holders with new licenses. All of these were violations, but warnings were given.