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)
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 - August 31, 2018
Union County Game Warden Dirk Remensnyder reports trapping a bear that was close to 500 pounds. By hunting season, this bear could possibly weigh around 700 pounds.
Lycoming County Game Warden Kristoffer Krebs reports he picked up a bald eagle at the County Farm in Montoursville. The eagle was found dead in a field, clutching a woodchuck. The carcass will be examined to try to determine the cause of death, which wasn’t apparent.
Elk County Game Warden Susan Edmiston reports that, on a recent evening patrol, two individuals were found unlawfully camping on State Game Lands 28, along Spring Creek. The couple was cited for camping and warned for consuming alcoholic beverages and making a campfire on game lands. They were told to clean up and vacate the site in the morning since they had been drinking.
Elk County Game Warden Susan Edmiston is investigating the killing of an approximately 400-pound black bear that was shot in the German Settlement area of Horton Township on or about June 13. The bear had a bullet wound just behind the right shoulder. No bullet was recovered from the carcass. Anyone with information about the bear shooting is asked to call the region office at 570-398-4744.
McKean and Potter counties Game Warden Skyler Gibble reports that an individual from the Otto-Eldred area was cited for setting a Conibear trap outside of a water course and for setting or staking traps during a closed season.
Centre County Game Warden Michael Ondik reports that an individual recently was cited for purposely taking a raccoon pup from the wild and keeping it in her possession. Because she had been bitten and scratched by the raccoon, it needed to be destroyed so it could be tested for rabies. This is so often the case when wildlife is removed from the wild – besides being unlawful, it often causes the animal’s demise. Please, leave wildlife alone! The charges are still pending, but could result in fines and costs of over $300.
Tioga County Game Warden Rob Minnich reports presenting to awards on behalf of the Game Commission at the 2018 NRA YHEC National event. Monty Embrey, who manages the YHEC state and local recreational programs and ranges for the NRA, has worked for 20 years to promote hunting and shooting sports, and provide informational programs throughout the U.S. Meanwhile, Bob Davis, who is the national manager of the NRA’s Outdoor Recreational Programs Department’s Recreational Programs and Ranges Division, has worked for 33 years doing much the same thing. YHEC has reached over 1.3 million youth participants since the inception in 1985 and is active in 38 states nationwide. These men are great ambassadors of hunting, shooting sports and outdoors and firearms education.
Clinton County Game Warden Kirk Miller reports that an individual recently pleaded guilty to unlawfully killing a cottontail rabbit during the closed season.
McKean County Game Warden Jeffrey Orwig reports that the abundance of food has kept the bear complaints down.
McKean County Game Warden Jeffrey Orwig reports that the local food and cover crews are busy planting food plots for the fall. Check your local state game lands for these areas.
Potter County Game Warden Mark Fair reports capturing a three-legged bear. The young 117-pound male was completely healed and in excellent health, agile as any four-legged bear.
Land Manager Eric Erdman reports that a new archery range soon will built at the Scotia Range Complex on State Game Lands 176 in Centre County. It will be located at the current site of the combat range, which once hosted statewide marksmanship competitions for game wardens. More recently, the range has been underutilized, mainly because it has no established shooting stations and only could be used by the public through a special permit priced at $250 per day. The new archery range will better serve shooters wishing to practice and refine their archery skills.
Lycoming County Game Warden Harold Cole reports an increasing number of bear mange reports this year. Mange seems to have spread to a couple more townships. Cole said he’s heard of some incidents where dogs have gotten mange and even one case where a person contracted it. Cole advises helping to fight the spread of mange by removing any possible wildlife food sources such as corn, doughnuts, food scraps thrown outside, birdfeeders, garbage cans (put food that will rot in the freezer and take out when you take your garbage out in the morning), compost piles, grills, pet food, water dishes. These food sources congregate bears increasing the chances mange will spread among them.
Clearfield County Game Warden Mark Gritzer reports that a turkey hunter was found guilty at trial for killing a turkey from a motorized vehicle, receiving a $1,000 fine with the possible loss of hunting privileges.
Clearfield County Game Warden Mark Gritzer reports that a person was found guilty at a summary appeal hearing within the Court of Common Pleas for assisting and conspiring to possess an illegal deer during a closed season.
Lycoming County Game Warden Jonathan M. Wyant reports crop kills are sharply up in Lycoming County. “I have already picked up over 30 crop kills just this year,” Wyant said. “Hunters need to seek out folks engaged in agriculture for new opportunities to hunt.”