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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 - January 31, 2020

Centre County Game Warden Dan Murray reports that charges are pending for various game-law violations, including violation of Game Commission shooting-range regulations, and unlawful taking of big game.

Lycoming County Game Warden Jonathan M. Wyant reports seeing a few grouse around in heavy cover.

McKean County Game Warden Jeffrey Orwig reports that charges were filed against a Kane resident for riding his UTV on co-op property, not wearing enough fluorescent orange, and attempting to take another deer after all his tags were used up.

McKean County Game Warden Jeffrey Orwig reports that charges were filed after a nonresident placed a loaded firearm in his vehicle, and the firearm discharged as he was getting in. The bullet struck him in the foot and went through the floorboard.

Tioga County Game Warden Michael Smith reports receiving a call during firearms deer season from a landowner who’d witnessed the driver of a dark-colored, older pickup shoot and kill two mature bucks in the caller’s yard. The vehicle hurried away before the license plate could be seen. One of the caller’s relatives posted pictures and information about the violation on Facebook, and it was seen by thousands of people. “It is my hope that someone comes forward with information,” Smith said.

Elk County Game Warden Susan Edmiston reminds hunters that stands and blinds left on state game lands and other public lands must be removed within two weeks of the end of the last deer season.

Elk County Game Warden Kolton Mueller reports checking many hunters throughout the firearms deer season. Citations were filed for various violations. Citations were filed for two illegal deer and there are still ongoing investigations.

Clinton County Game Warden Kirk Miller reports that multiple individuals from Clinton County were arrested for having loaded firearms in vehicles during the bear and deer firearms seasons. The individuals could face fines up to $300.

Cameron County Game Warden Wayne A. Hunt reports receiving many questions from hunters about CWD, Sunday hunting, and the firearms deer opener. “I am always happy to engage hunters in conversation regarding their sport. Pennsylvania hunters have a strong voice that’s heard at Game Commission meetings. If you have a concern, I urge you to attend a meeting and be heard,” Hunt said.

Clearfield County Game Warden Mark Gritzer reports a small-game hunter committed multiple violations while on State Game Lands 100.

Clearfield County Game Warden Mark Gritzer reports that a person not allowed to possess firearms was encountered road-hunting during the firearms deer season.

Clearfield County Game Warden Mark Gritzer reports that 30 percent of bears trapped and tagged within his district during 2019 ended up being harvested.

Clearfield County Game Warden Mark Gritzer reports that a junior hunter was encountered with a loaded rifle on an ATV with the firearm being unsecured while moving.

Clearfield County Game Warden Mark Gritzer reports that a person failed to complete a deer harvest tag before the carcass was moved from the harvest location.

Lycoming County Game Warden Harold Cole reports that a Jersey Shore man was found guilty in court and fined $250 for dumping garbage on state game lands. Cole testified that much of the garbage could have been burned or recycled and that there was a county recycling drop-off about 2 miles from the area where the man dumped the garbage. The man told the judge he didn’t do it and he would because he is a true outdoorsman.

Tioga County Game Warden Thomas Nelson reports two individuals were cited in November for the unlawfully taking a 383-pound bear through the use of bait. Both individuals pleaded guilty to the charges that were filed.

Union County Game Warden Dirk Remensnyder reports that two different individuals who were checked in the field while hunting were found to be felons who can’t lawfully possess firearms. Appropriate charges were filed.