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Northcentral Region


News Releases

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 - December 7, 2018

McKean County Game Warden Jeffrey Orwig reports that, with the help of Deputy Mike Valine and Bradford Township Police, charges were filed against four Bradford individuals for poaching deer at night. Two individuals were hiding in the woods from officers.

McKean County Game Warden Jeffrey Orwig reports that citations will be filed against three Elk County residents for shooting at game at night from the vehicle. One shot was taken right in front of the officer.

Clinton County Game Warden Kirk Miller reports that an individual was cited for unlawfully purchasing a license without first completing the required Hunter-Trapper Education course. The individual could face fines totaling up to $200.

Lycoming County Game Warden Kristoffer Krebs reported that three area juveniles have been charged in connection with a Nov. 27 incident. Those involved took two antlerless deer that night through the use of an artificial light and killed a gray fox. None held a valid furtaker license. The group now faces charges for the unlawful taking of big game, the unlawful taking or possession of a gray fox and loaded firearms in vehicles. Charges are pending.

Lycoming County Game Warden Harold Cole reports that two men have charges pending for an incident on State Forest property. A DCNR ranger came upon a vehicle stopped in the middle of the forestry road and watched the passenger pass a loaded crossbow to the driver. The driver then pulled the crossbow up like he was going to shoot and the ranger saw a deer run deeper into the woods. The ranger activated his vehicle’s emergency lights and made contact with the occupants. The two men were brothers and their grandsons, ages 9 and 15, were in the back seat. There were violations of the Game Law and the Vehicle Code. Cole states charges were filed against both men for using a vehicle to locate game and possessing a loaded firearm in a vehicle. The driver also was charged for driving without a driver’s license and operating an unregistered vehicle. A ride had to be contacted for them because the vehicle was not registered and the adult passenger did not have a valid driver’s license either.

Clearfield County Game Warden Mark Gritzer reports that two adult hunters were apprehended for hunting through the use of bait while they were accompanying junior hunters.

Clearfield County Game Warden Mark Gritzer reports that a senior lifetime license holder was encountered hunting in his backyard unlawfully through the use of bait.

Clearfield County Game Warden Mark Gritzer reports that a live deer was removed from a storm basin in front of the DuBois Hospital and released back into the wild.

Clearfield County Game Warden Mark Gritzer and Game Warden Cadet Charlie Schuster report that an individual was apprehended for feeding elk.

McKean County Game Warden Skyler Gibble reports that a group of individuals were discovered spotlighting with a crossbow in the vehicle. Upon further investigation it was discovered that a deer had been shot that night and another was discovered that had not been tagged. The individuals involved have been charged with multiple violations.

Land Management Group Supervisor Rodney Mee reports that, with the help of DCNR rangers, a joint operation on Tioga State Forest and State Game Lands 335 in Tioga County was conducted to interdict illegal Jeep use on state land. Fourteen Jeep owners were apprehended on DCNR property, and identification of many individuals responsible for damage in May 2018 also was secured. Damages to Game Commission property alone were estimated at over $16,000. Citations will be issued upon completion of the investigation.

Elk County Game Warden Susan Edmiston reports that multiple people have been cited for traveling on roads closed to motorized vehicles on State Game Lands 44. Even if a gate is open, if the road is marked closed to motorized vehicles, it is unlawful to travel upon.

Union County Game Warden Dirk Remensnyder reports that Cadets in their field-training phase are progressing quickly with learning all the various duties of a State Game Warden.

Lycoming County Game Warden Jonathan M. Wyant reports that the eagle populations are doing well in Lycoming County. During the migration, one individual reported seeing 11 eagles in one day.

Clearfield County Game Warden David Stewart reports pheasant hunters have been very positive about the quality and quantity of the birds this year.

Centre County Game Warden Michael Ondik reports that three juveniles recently were cited for purposely riding ATVs behind closed and locked gates on State Game Lands 100 in northern Centre County. The three also illegally used state and township roads to get to the game lands.

Tioga County Game Warden Rob Minnich reports he got all bear traps in and prepped for winter in October, but he continued to receive bear complaints and damage calls. Most calls could be handled with advice such as removing food sources like birdfeeders, garbage and domestic animal food.