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Southcentral Region News

For Information Contact:October 16, 2020
Amy B. NaboznyFor Immediate Release
 The Altoona Water Authority (AWA) has entered two recently acquired properties into agreement with the Pennsylvania Game Commission.

The Altoona Water Authority (AWA) has entered two recently acquired properties into agreement with the Pennsylvania Game Commission.

A 2,459-acre tract of land known locally as the “Big Murph” (Paul Coonies), has been enrolled into the Hunter Access Program. The “Big Murph” track is east of Coupon Gallitzin Road and north of Veterans Memorial Highway. The property is in Dean Township, Cambria County and the main portion in Logan Township, Blair County.

A second acquired property formally known as the “Helsel Property,” has also been enrolled into the Hunter Access Program. This property consisting of 302 acres, is located on the Chestnut Flats just south of State Route 36 in Logan Township, Blair County.

The Hunter Access Program will allow public access to these two properties for the purpose of hunting and trapping. The cooperation between the AWA and the Game Commission will bring about positive habitat, expanded hunting and trapping opportunities and the enforcement of Game Commission laws and regulations on these locations. Travel by motorized vehicle on these properties is strictly prohibited and will be enforced by wardens. The two AWA acquired properties have been areas heavily used by ATV/UTV riders and off-roaders in the past. Under the Hunter Access Program agreement these activities are no longer lawful and those apprehended in violation will be cited accordingly.

The Hunter Access Program allows the Game Commission to partner with private landowners to provide public hunting opportunities. Created in 1936, the Game Commission’s Hunter Access Program began as an experimental program cooperative designed to increase hunting territory, improve game conditions, and improve wildlife habitat. More than 13,000 separate parcels of private lands are currently enrolled in the agency's Hunter Access Program. These properties, located in most of the state's 67 counties, cover more than 2.18 million acres.

For Information Contact:November 19, 2019
Richard Danley, Jr.For Immediate Release
 PGC Southcentral Region Office Open Friday, Nov. 29

Pennsylvania Game Commission Southcentral Region Director Dave Carlini announces the Southcentral Region Office will be open from 8 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 29 and Saturday, Nov. 30 to accommodate persons wishing to purchase a hunting license.

The Game Commission Southcentral Region Office has traditionally been closed for license sales on the Friday after Thanksgiving but will be open because the 2019 statewide firearms deer season will start on a Saturday.

“We hope to provide improved customer service to our hunters and an opportunity for them to pick up any last-minute license items they might need. The PGC understands that plans can change in the spur of the moment and we want to try and accommodate these folks so they may get afield,” Carlini said.

Normal business hours of the Southcentral Region Office are from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. The office is located at 8627 William Penn Highway, Huntingdon, Pennsylvania.

April 2019: Operation Game Thief. We need your help. State Game Warden Wenrich received two calls concerning multiple dead geese in early April.

The first call, on April 6, resulted in 12 geese being discovered. On April 8, another 15 geese were found deceased behind the AMC Classic movie theater along Simpson Ferry Road in Camp Hill. Suspecting possible disease due to no signs of trauma, five geese were sent for necropsy. The necropsy results showed trauma from a small caliber gunshot wound in all five. We are seeking help from anyone who may have observed any suspicious activity in that area on the evenings of April 5 and April 7 to help us figure out what occurred. If anyone has any information, we encourage them to contact the Southcentral Region Office at 1-814-643-1831 or the Operation Game Thief tip line at 1-888-PGC-8001.