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Northcentral Region



November 18, 2019: PGC Northcentral Region Office Open Friday, Nov. 29
September 4, 2019: Public Encouraged to Provide Input on Subject of Wildlife Feeding
October 2018: Deer Focus Areas (video 1:27)
September 2018: How to Safely View Pennsylvania's Elk Herd (video 2:29)
September 2018: Herbicide Treatment to Promote Diverse Vegetation (video 1:37)

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 - September 11, 2020

Lycoming County Game Warden Harold Cole reports catching more than just doves while dove-banding. Cole said banders caught the expected songbirds, as well as juvenile rabbits and a chipmunk drawn to the bait.

Clinton County Game Warden Kirk Miller reports that two individuals were cited for riding motorcycles on a closed road on State Game Lands 89. The individuals could each face fines up to $200.

McKean County Game Warden Jeffrey Orwig reports seeing a lot of bears, almost daily. “Looks to be a good season ahead,” Orwig said.

McKean County Game Warden Jeffrey Orwig reports that one positive from the COVID-19 has been increased activity in The Great Outdoors. Fishing rods and mountain bikes, along with camping and hiking gear. are all but cleared out in many stores, he said.

Clearfield County Game Warden Mark Gritzer reports a cinnamon phase bear was killed on the highway in DuBois.

Clearfield County Game Warden Mark Gritzer reports individuals are not complying with the regulations at designated shooting ranges.

Clearfield County Game Warden Mark Gritzer reports encountering a person illegally dumping deer food and mineral attractants on game lands.

Clearfield County Game Warden Mark Gritzer reports a person killed a raccoon because it was eating bird seed.

Tioga County Game Warden Rob Minnich reports bear complaints seem to be at an all-time high as still receiving complaints. “We have far exceeded bear captures from any time I can remember over the past 20 years here in the county,” Minnich said. “We have over 40 bears captured and tagged already and several others we handled, but had to put down due to mange. Even with a record harvest last year, I believe we could set another record again this year.”

Tioga County Game Warden Thomas Nelson reports seeing multiple groups of hens and poults during his daily patrols in northern Potter and Tioga counties.

Elk County Game Warden Kolton Mueller reports an individual has lost his hunting privileges for two years after attempting to catch and kill a bear in a homemade trap.

Elk County Game Warden Susan Edmiston reports there has been a rise in illegal camping activity on state game lands. Recently, she and Game Warden Kolton Mueller found a couple sleeping in a tent in Spring Creek Township near Hallton. The day before, Warden Edmiston had entered the area to investigate the illegal campsite. No one was present, and drug paraphernalia was laying out in plain view on a rock. The glass pipe was taken to State Police in Ridgway where residue tested positive for marijuana. Mueller and Edmiston returned in the morning, and woke and interviewed the couple. This time, a water pipe containing marijuana residue was found at the site. The individuals received multiple citations including camping on game lands, and possession of controlled substances and alcohol on game lands. The man also was charged under title 30 for being in possession of trout without a valid fishing license

Tioga County Game Warden Michael Smith reports the Pennsylvania Game Commission continues to monitor the spread and severity of mange in the Commonwealth. “As part of our efforts, we have several bears fitted with GPS collars to aid in studying the disease,” he said.

Lycoming County Game Warden Jonathan M. Wyant reports several sightings of mangy bears have been reported in the Oregon Hill area. “If you have a camp or home in this area, do not place any food out for the bears,” Wyant said. “Habituating bears to come to one area is making the problem worse.”

Cameron County Game Warden Wayne A. Hunt reports citing an individual for unlawful taking and possession of a white-tailed deer.