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News Releases

November 3, 2017: Archery Range Opened For Public Use On State Game Lands 234 In Montgomery County
October 2, 2017: Special Deer Hunt At Middle Creek Set For Dec. 13
October 2, 2017: Special Trapping Opportunity At Middle Creek
September 12, 2017: Game Commission to Host National Hunting and Fishing Day Event September 24th at Middle Creek
July 14, 2017: Special Archery Hunting Opportunity At Middle Creek Set For This Fall

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 Reports - February 2, 2018

Berks County SGW M. P. Teehan reports the 2017 two-week statewide firearm deer season mirrored that of 2014, in violation numbers. There were 14 illegal-deer cases and numerous baiting, trespassing, license and damage to property cases. One positive note was that he saw an increase of hunters remaining afield for longer periods.

Chester County SGW Matthew Johnson reports a common violation during this past regular firearms deer season was the failure to wear the required amount of fluorescent orange material. Hunters making this error were in most cases using archery equipment. Even if a hunter chooses to use archery equipment during this season, which is lawful, he or she is still required to wear the 250 square inches on the head back and chest combined.

Lancaster County SGW Greg Graham reports violations of the Executive Order regarding importation of deer harvested in CWD Disease Management Areas increased since last season. To reduce the spread of CWD to other areas, the order specifies the high-risk parts of deer – the head and spinal column – can’t be removed from a Disease Management Area (DMA). The Game Commission is attempting to control and manage the spread of the deadly disease and needs the assistance of hunters to do so. Please do your part by arranging to have your deer processed within a DMA. Please note that for the 2018 season the high-risk parts of deer, elk or moose harvested in any state or province where CWD has been found will be unlawful to import into the Commonwealth. The regulation previously prohibited importation from only CWD containment zones or DMAs.

Lebanon County SGW Brian Sheetz reports on Christmas day a bear found its way into the outskirts of Lebanon. With the help from North Lebanon Police Department, the bear was quickly found, darted and relocated without incident. He’d like to thank the North Lebanon officers for their help, as well as onlookers who helped load the 250-pound black bear in a trap for relocation.

Lehigh County SGW Tyler Kreider reports range violations are constant problem at State Game Lands 205 in Schnecksville. Range users are reminded to have a current and valid hunting or furtaker license or a Commission-issued range permit, whichever is utilized must be signed and carried by persons using the range.

North Hampton County SGW Bradley Kreider reports that although official bear harvest numbers have not been not finalized, it looks like Northampton County will have a record black bear harvest. “However, we’re still receiving bear calls and complaints including three on Christmas Eve and Christmas day,” said Kreider. He also reports snow geese by the thousands have been roosting the open water on local quarries. Hunters were traveling to the Lehigh Valley to take advantage of the high number of snows and Canadas.

Schuylkill County SGW Jason Macunas reports several investigations into illegal poaching activity are still pending. There have been several instances in the county where individuals have shot large bucks with either archery gear or rifles during nighttime hours. This activity was still taking place even after the close of the statewide firearms season. Anyone with information regarding illegal activity is urged to contact the Southeast Region Office.

Schuylkill County SGW Joel Gibble reports charges have been filed on an individual who shot two bucks during the rifle season and did not tag either one.