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Northcentral Region



October 2018: Deer Focus Areas (1:27)
September 2018: How to Safely View Pennsylvania's Elk Herd (1:42)
September 2018: Herbicide Treatment to Promote Diverse Vegetation (2:29)

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 - May 24, 2019

McKean County Game Warden Jeffrey Orwig reports a Smethport man pleaded guilty to allowing his dog to chase and kill a white-tailed deer.

McKean County Game Warden Jeffrey Orwig reports that, even with the wet spring, wildlife populations are looking great for the upcoming seasons.

Potter County Game Warden Mark Fair reports investigating the unlawful killing of a 400-pound male black bear. The bear was killed when an individual attempted to scare the bear off with a .22 caliber long rifle. One of two rounds fired made its way into the bear's vitals.

Land Management Group Supervisor Rodney Mee reports Game Commission fire crews burned 135 acres on State Game Lands 252, helping to remove invasive autumn olive, Tartarian honeysuckle, barberry, Japanese stiltgrass and Mile-A-Minute from the area.

Lycoming County Game Warden Harold Cole reports that a Berks County man was found guilty of taking a bear illegally. Cole said motorists reported the incident after the man waved them by, stepped into the middle of the road, then shot once the bear reached the middle of the road. The man requested a hearing and was found guilty of shooting on or across highways and unlawfully taking a black bear. The man was fined $1,450 and must pay a $500 replacement cost for the bear. Cole advised that he would not have been able to prosecute the case without the help of those who reported the incident.

Clearfield County Game Wardens Mark Gritzer and Chris Ivicic apprehended illegal ATV riders crossing an approved trout stream within an area closed to motorized vehicles.

Clearfield County Game Warden Mark Gritzer reports encountering a spring turkey hunter who didn’t have his license with him. The man received a warning for an identical violation in November. He was cited this time.

Clearfield County Game Warden Mark Gritzer reports a family of bears from Kylertown was relocated.

Clearfield County Game Warden Mark Gritzer provided assistance in immobilizing two elk as part of the agency elk reproductive study.

Union County Game Warden Dirk Remensnyder reports an ongoing investigation of a possibly poached turkey found hidden in a brushpile with the breast and beard removed.

Elk County Game Warden Susan Edmiston reports that an East Pittsburgh man has been found guilty in an August 2016 incident in which members of his camp illegally rode ATVs on Forest Game Cooperator lands adjoining the Ridgway Township camp property. The ATVs caused significant damage to a spring seep area. While the man had agreed to make reclamation to the damaged area, no effort had been made by March 2018, so charges were filed. In addition to $431.50 in fines and costs, Magisterial District Judge James Martin also assessed the man $1,000 restitution for property damages.

Tioga County Game Warden Rob Minnich reports Hunter-Trapper Education season is here and those looking for a course can check out the Game Commission website and find one nearby. “Hunting licenses will be going on sale soon so make sure you have your course to get a license and take advantage of some of the new opportunities available,” Minnich said.

Tioga County Game Warden Thomas Nelson reports there will be a Hunter-Trapper Education course July 27 at the Ives Run Visitors Center off Route 287 in Tioga County. The course will run from 8 a.m. until approximately 4 p.m. You can register at

Tioga County Game Warden Michael Smith reports encountering unplugged shotguns while patrolling during spring turkey season. Not many people were hearing turkeys gobble, but many reported seeing birds.

Clinton County Game Warden Kirk Miller reports that bear incidents have been on the rise and he reminds homeowners to remove birdfeeders and secure trash cans to help prevent property damage.

Cameron County Game Warden Wayne A. Hunt reports filing citations against a trapper who left traps set after the close of the season.