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Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area

Pennsylvania Game Commission
Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area
Kleinfeltersville, PA 17039
Phone: (717) 733-1512

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

NOTICE: The gate located at Cold Springs Road, SGL 211 in Lebanon County, at the top of Second Mountain will be closed Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays for necessary road repairs. The road is still open to foot traffic. The gate will remain open for travel Fridays through the following Mondays to allow access. Thank you for your understanding.

Seasonal Roads Open for Hunting & Trapping
Designated Routes for Horses and Bicycles
Snowmobile Trails
Access Routes for Hunters with Disabilities

Public Shooting Ranges

Public Shooting Ranges in the Southeast Region

Field Officer Reports - January 27, 2017

Berks County WCO Matthew Teehan reports the late deer season saw very low pressure, and although snow geese are migrating, very few set down in the northern part of the district into January.

Bucks County WCO Shawna Burkett reports an ongoing issue of partially butchered deer being dumped in the creek along the 1200 block Birch Road in Upper Black Eddy, Bucks County. This has been ongoing since the early archery season and, to date, at least six carcasses and one full deer have been recovered from the creek, and half the deer likely were antlered deer. Officers believe someone is butchering the deer at their home and disposing of the carcasses unlawfully. Anyone with more information is asked to contact the Game Commission’s Southeast Regional office at 610-926-3136.

Chester County WCO Matthew Johnson reports that a man residing in West Caln Township has pleaded guilty to dumping four bags of household trash on county property that is open to hunting. The investigation was completed in cooperation with Chester County Park Rangers. Fines totaled $290.

Dauphin County WCO Scott Frederick reports closing cases from the recent hunting seasons, including a road-hunting case and a case involving the illegal taking of multiple big-game animals by several individuals in one episode.

Lebanon County WCO Brian W Sheetz reports that this waterfowl season has been a busy one. Numerous charges have been filed for violations such as unplugged shotguns, hunting without license, failure to possess a federal duck stamp, and hunting within safety zones. Recently, WCO Sheetz was called upon to investigate a group of waterfowl hunters for unlawfully shooting at tundra swans at Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area. Tundra swans are not a legal game bird in Pennsylvania. WCO Sheetz would like to remind all waterfowl hunters to positively identify their target as legal game prior to shooting.

Lehigh and Northampton counties WCO Tyler Kreider reports that all citations and cases from the hunting seasons have been adjudicated. For the district, hunting through the use of bait and failure to properly tag harvests remained among the most-prevalent violations.

Montgomery County WCO Raymond Madden reports that, during the last two weeks of the extended antlerless deer season in the special regulation areas, numerous violations have been investigated.

Madden reports that hunter trespass is a violation in many of these cases and wants to remind hunters to secure permission before you hunt an area.

Northampton County WCO Brad Kreider reports that one bobcat and one river otter recently were turned in by local trappers as accidental catches. Additionally, Kreider reports that bald eagles are very active in his district, and established nests will be monitored throughout the spring and summer.

Schuylkill County WCO Joel Gibble reports that several investigations are underway for deliberate property damage by gunfire on multiple state game lands.