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For Information Contact: 
Middle Creek Wildlife Management AreaAugust 1, 2018
717-733-1512For Immediate Release
 Special Dove Hunting Opportunity At Middle Creek Set For This September
 

A limited dove hunting opportunity has been scheduled for the controlled access areas of the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area, on the Lebanon/Lancaster county line. Hunting will be by special permit only and 39 permits will be issued by random drawing for a specific hunting day and zone. The established hunting periods will be September 1st through September 29th. Hunts will be held Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from noon to a half hour after sunset for a total of 13 hunting days.

Selected hunters will be assigned a hunt day and one of three zones established within the controlled access area. In order to participate, hunters must be properly licensed and possess a migratory bird license. Each successfully selected hunter is permitted to bring up to three (3) additional licensed hunters with them. Hunters wishing to participate in the drawing should apply as follows:

Due to the quick turn-around time needed for applications, hunters must apply by calling the Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area Visitors Center at (717) 733-1512 or by emailing information to gooseblindmc@pa.gov. Applicants must provide the following information: hunter name; complete mailing address; hunting license number (CID number); and return phone number. Only one application per hunter may be submitted. Applications will be accepted, by phone or email only, until Tuesday August 14th. Hours of operation for the Middle Creek Visitor’s Center are Tuesday from Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

A public drawing will be held at the Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area Visitors Center at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday August 15th. There will be only one drawing to fill all hunting days and zones. The first 39 applications drawn will be assigned in order of each hunt day starting with September 1st. Hunting zones will also be randomly assigned. Successful applicants will be notified by mail. There will be no provisions or drawings held to fill vacancies created by permit holders who do not participate in the hunt.

Selected hunters will be required to attend one of two mandatory pre-hunt meetings at the Middle Creek Visitors Center scheduled for Sunday, August. 26th at 1:00 p.m. and Wednesday August 29th at 6:00 p.m. Additional hunt details will be presented at the pre-hunt meetings. Guests of each selected hunters do not need to attend. Failure to attend one orientation meeting will cause the permit to be invalid.

- Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area is located along Hopeland Road, two miles south of Kleinfeltersville.

 

For Information Contact:Release #SE-10-2018
Dustin M. StonerJuly 17, 2018
ra-senews@pa.govFor Immediate Release
 Special Archery Hunting Opportunity At Middle Creek Set For This Fall
 

A limited archery hunt has been scheduled for the controlled access areas of the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area, on the Lebanon/Lancaster county line. Hunting will be by special permit only and 16 permits will be issued by random drawing for each hunting period. The three established hunting periods will be: Oct. 6 through Oct. 13, Oct. 20 through Oct. 27, and Nov. 3 through Nov. 10.

Selected hunters will be assigned to one of five zones established within the controlled access area. In order to participate, hunters must be properly licensed and possess a valid unused antlerless license for Wildlife Management Unit 5B or unused DMAP permit for Unit 3468 for the time period of their assigned hunt. In addition to the opportunity to harvest an antlerless deer, there will be eight (8) permits issued for each hunting period enabling selected hunters to take an antlered deer, as well. Hunters wishing to participate in the drawing should apply as follows:

Applications must be on a standard postcard, obtained at a U.S. Post Office, and contain the following information: hunter name; complete mailing address; hunting license number (CID number); and antlerless deer license number for Wildlife Management Unit 5B or coupon number for DMAP Unit 3468. Only one application per hunter may be submitted. Applications will be accepted, by mail only, until Friday August 31st, and must be mailed to: Pennsylvania Game Commission MCWMA; P.O. Box 110; Kleinfeltersville, PA 17039.

A public drawing will be held at the Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area Visitors Center at 10 a.m. on Wednesday September 5th. There will be only one drawing to fill all hunting periods. The first 16 applications drawn will be assigned to the hunt from Oct. 6 - Oct. 13, the second 16 will be assigned to the hunt from Oct. 20- Oct. 27 and the last 16 will be assigned to hunt Nov. 3 – Nov. 10. Hunting zones will also be randomly assigned. Successful applicants will be notified by mail. There will be no provisions or drawings held to fill vacancies created by permit holders who do not participate in the hunt.

Selected hunters will be required to attend one of two mandatory pre-hunt meetings at the Middle Creek Visitors Center scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 30th at 1:00 p.m. and Wednesday, Oct. 3rd at 6:00 p.m. Additional hunt details will be presented at the pre-hunt meetings. Failure to attend will cause the permit to be invalid.

Hunters that are applying should be aware that Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area and all of State Game Lands 46 falls within Disease Management Area (DMA) 4. The creation of DMA 4 is a result of positive detections of Chronic Wasting Disease in a captive deer herd located in Denver, Pennsylvania. Successful hunters are not permitted to take any high-risk deer parts outside of the DMA, including brain and spinal cord tissues. All selected hunters will be provided with a list of certified processors and taxidermists within the DMA. This list and further information and instructions will be provided at the orientation meetings.

Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area is located along Hopeland Road, two miles south of Kleinfeltersville.

For Information Contact:
Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area
717-733-1512


For Information Contact:Release #SE-04-2018
Dustin M. StonerMarch 27, 2018
ra-senews@pa.govFor Immediate Release
 CWD Open Houses Scheduled For Early April At Middle Creek Visitors Center
 

READING, PA– The Pennsylvania Game Commission in early April will hold two open houses at the Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area’s Visitors Center to help the public become better acquainted with Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD).

Late last month, the Game Commission established Disease Management Area 4 (DMA 4) in response to a CWD-positive deer detected at a captive deer farm in Lancaster County. DMA 4 encompasses 346 square miles in northeastern Lancaster County, southeastern Lebanon County and western Berks County.

CWD, which is always fatal to deer, elk and other cervids, first was detected in Pennsylvania in 2012 at a captive deer farm in Adams County. The disease, which attacks the brain, spreads from deer to deer through direct and indirect contact. There is no live test for CWD and no known cure.

The open houses will be held Tuesday, April 3, from 6 to 8 p.m., and Saturday, April 7, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Visitors Center, located at 100 Museum Road, Stevens PA 17578.

The open houses offer a chance for residents to learn about the latest CWD information in a relaxed setting, said Southeast Region Director Bruce C. Metz. All information will be presented at stations, where attendees can discuss questions with agency staff and offer written comments to share their thoughts and ideas on the subject.

“CWD is a significant threat to whitetail conservation,” Metz emphasized. “The Game Commission believes working together with state and local agencies, hunters and residents is the best and most responsible way to combat this threat.

“But commitment to the cause is essential,” Metz said. “Without it, CWD might spread sooner to currently unaffected areas of the state.”

There is no evidence CWD can be transmitted to humans. However, it is recommended the venison of infected deer – or deer thought to be sick – not be consumed.

For more information on CWD, the rules applying within DMAs or what hunters can do to have harvested deer tested for CWD, visit the Game Commission’s website, www.pgc.pa.gov. Information can be found by clicking on the button titled “CWD Information” near the top of the homepage.


 For Information Contact:Release #SE-22-2017
Dustin M. Stoner November 3, 2017
 For Immediate Release
 Archery Range Opened For Public Use On State Game Lands 234 In Montgomery County
 

Pennsylvania Game Commission Southeast Region Director, Bruce C. Metz, announced today the opening of a newly-constructed archery range on State Game Lands 234, near Limerick, in Montgomery County. “With the growing popularity of archery hunting in the Southeast Region, we are pleased to be able to provide this facility to local archers. It will enable them to hone their archery skills and, in turn, become more efficient and ethical hunters,” said Metz.

The construction of this public archery range was funded through the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Act, most often referred to as the Pittman–Robertson Act. Pittman-Robertson Act funding is derived from an 11 percent federal excise tax on the sale of firearms, ammunition, and archery equipment.

The newly-constructed range provides shooting distances of 10, 20, 30, and 40 yards. Each distance has two 4 by 4 foot commercial quality targets designed for field point use. There is also a sand pit located at the 20-yard distance for practice with broadheads. The range is accessible with concrete walkways to each distance. The new range is located off of Pheasant Road, near the town of Limerick.




For Information Contact:Release #SE-20-2017
Middle Creek Visitor’s Center at 717-733-1512October 2, 2017
 For Immediate Release
 Special Deer Hunting at Middle Creek Set For Dec. 13
 

A limited archery/flintlock muzzleloader hunt for antlerless deer has been scheduled for the controlled access areas of the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area, on the Lebanon/Lancaster county line. The hunt is scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 13. This hunt will be held outside of any regular statewide deer season; the only hunting occurring within the management area on this day will be by those hunters with special permits.

In order to participate, hunters must be properly licensed and be eligible to take an antlerless deer in Wildlife Management Unit 5B on the day they would be hunting.

Hunting will be by special permit only, and only 100 permits will be issued through a random drawing. Hunters wishing to participate in the drawing should apply as follows:

Applications must be on a standard postcard, obtained at a U.S. Post Office, and contain the following information: hunter name; complete mailing address; phone number, hunting license number (CID number); and antlerless deer license number for Wildlife Management Unit 5B (if applicable). The postcard must also state that the applicant is applying for the SPECIAL DEER HUNT. Only one application per hunter may be submitted. Applications will be accepted, by mail only, until Nov. 3, and must be mailed to: Pennsylvania Game Commission MCWMA; P.O. Box 110; Kleinfeltersville, PA 17039. Failure to have “SPECIAL DEER HUNT” listed on postcard may cause your application to be invalid.

A public drawing will be held at the Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area Visitors Center at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 8. Successful applicants will be notified by mail. There will be no provisions or drawings held to fill vacancies created by permit holders who do not participate on the day of the hunt. Hunters that were successfully selected for an archery hunt permit in August are prohibited from applying.

In addition to the antlerless deer hunt, which is being conducted for the purposes of herd reduction at Middle Creek, there will be 10 permits issued for selected hunters to take an antlered deer as well. To be eligible for this antlered deer permit drawing, which will be held the morning of the hunt, hunters must still possess an antlered deer tag in addition to having been drawn for the hunt and be able to take part in the antlerless deer hunt.

Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area is along Hopeland Road, two miles south of Kleinfeltersville.


For Information Contact:Release #SE-19-2017
Middle Creek Visitor’s Center at 717-733-1512October 2, 2017
 For Immediate Release
 Special Trapping Opportunity at Middle Creek
 

A limited trapping opportunity has been scheduled for the controlled access areas of the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area this coming trapping season. Trapping will be by special permit only. Five permits will be issued by random drawing for the trapping period. One of the five trapping permits will be drawn for a youth trapper.

Selected trappers will be assigned to one of five zones established within the controlled access area and be granted access to those areas Nov. 26 through Dec. 12 and Jan. 31 through Feb. 18. All trapping laws and regulations apply. The only trapping occurring within the management area on these days will be by those trappers with special permits.

In order to participate, trappers must be properly licensed and possess a valid Pennsylvania furtaker license. To participate in the drawing, trappers should apply as follows:

Applications must be on a standard postcard, obtained at a U.S. Post Office, and contain the following information: trapper name; complete mailing address; phone number; furtaker license number (CID) and must state that you are applying for the TRAPPING OPPORTUNITY. Only one application per trapper may be submitted. Applications will be accepted, by mail only, until Nov. 3 and must be mailed to: Pennsylvania Game Commission MCWMA; P.O. Box 110; Kleinfeltersville, PA 17039. Failure to indicate your applying for the trapping opportunity may cause the permit to be invalid.

A public drawing will be held at the Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area Visitors Center at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 8. Successful applicants will be notified by mail. There will be no provisions or drawings held to fill vacancies created by permit holders who do not participate during the open trapping period.

Selected trappers will be required to attend a mandatory meeting at the Middle Creek Visitors Center scheduled for Sunday, November 19 at 1:00 p.m. Additional trapping details will be presented at the meetings. Failure to attend the mandatory meeting will cause the permit to be invalid.

Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area is located on the Lancaster/Lebanon county line along Hopeland Road, two miles south of Kleinfeltersville.


For Information Contact:Release #SE-16-2017
Middle Creek Visitor’s Center at 717-733-1512September 12, 2017
 For Immediate Release
 Game Commission to Host National Hunting and Fishing Day Event September 24th at Middle Creek
 

The Pennsylvania Game Commission is hosting a National Hunting and Fishing Day Celebration at the agency’s Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area Visitor’s Center to help promote the Commonwealth’s rich outdoor heritage. The celebratory event will take place on Sunday, September 24th, from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m., rain or shine.

In 1972, Congress unanimously passed legislation authorizing National Hunting and Fishing Day (NHFD), a day to heighten awareness of sportsmen’s role in the wildlife conservation effort. Today, NHFD Events not only educate the public about the role of sportsmen and women in conservation, but also enable people unfamiliar with outdoor pursuits to experience hunting, fishing, and shooting sports in a safe, controlled environment. The Southeast Region is excited to team up with local sportsmen’s clubs and conservation groups to host a celebration of National Hunting and Fishing Day at the Middle Creek.

“Promoting and supporting Pennsylvania’s hunting and trapping heritage is a fundamental goal of the Game Commission and is vital to our agency’s mission. Hunters, trappers, and anglers are essential to wildlife agencies nationwide. Without them, the responsible management of wildlife would be virtually impossible.” said Southeast Region Director Bruce Metz.

The event will offer attendees the opportunity to hone their outdoor skills and learn new ones. Participants can learn from various exhibitors and hands-on activities. Instructional demonstrations will be offered on trapping, game calling, fly-tying, bird identification, decoy carving, and wild game cooking. There will also be simulated and live fire shooting stations and a catch and release, “learn to fish” station for youth.

Game Commission staff will be available to answer questions and talk about wildlife management strategies and habitat management practices. The Game Commission’s Operation Game Thief trailer will be on display and staffed by Wildlife Conservation Officers. There will be numerous conservation organizations attending, such as: Delta Waterfowl, Ducks Unlimited, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, National Wild Turkey Federation, Pennsylvania Trappers Association, Sky Blue Outfitters, Hunters Sharing the Harvest as well as several local sportsmen’s clubs. Also, Cabela’s Outfitter, Tom Coe, will be there with an extensive hands-on wildlife education display.

Peggy Hentz, from Red Creek Wildlife Center, will be conducting educational presentations with several species of live wildlife at Noon and again at 4 p.m., in the Visitor Center auditorium.

This year’s feature presenter is Shawn Bailey. Shawn is an outdoorsman, cooking enthusiast, and host of the food channel show, Game On! Prep to plate in 30 minutes. Shawn will demonstrate how he prepares his favorite wild goose recipe. Shawn’s entertaining and down-to-earth cooking style is sure to be a crowd pleaser. His presentation will begin at 2 p.m. in the visitor center auditorium.

Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area is located two miles south of Kleinfeltersville, near the Lancaster and Lebanon County lines. For GPS navigation, the street address for the Middle Creek Visitors Center is: 100 Museum Road, Stevens PA 17578. For more information contact Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area at 717-733-1512.

 

National Hunting and Fishing Day Celebration poster (PDF)


For Information Contact:Release #SE-12-2017
WCO Dustin M. StonerJuly 14, 2017
Information & Education SupervisorFor Immediate Release
 Special Archery Hunting Opportunity At Middle Creek Set For This Fall
 

A limited archery hunt has been scheduled for the controlled access areas of the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area, on the Lebanon/Lancaster county line. Hunting will be by special permit only and 16 permits will be issued by random drawing for each hunting period. The three established hunting periods will be: Sept 30 through Oct. 14, Oct. 16 through Oct. 28, and Oct. 30 through Nov. 11.

Selected hunters will be assigned to one of five zones established within the controlled access area. In order to participate, hunters must be properly licensed and possess a valid unused antlerless license for Wildlife Management Unit 5B, at the time of their assigned hunt. In addition to the opportunity to harvest an antlerless deer, there will be eight permits issued for each hunting period that allow selected hunters to take an antlered deer, as well. Hunters wishing to participate in the drawing should apply as follows:

Applications must be on a standard postcard, obtained at a U.S. Post Office, and contain the following information: hunter name; complete mailing address; hunting license number (CID number); and antlerless deer license number for Wildlife Management Unit 5B. Only one application per hunter may be submitted. Applications will be accepted, by mail only, until Friday Sept. 1, and must be mailed to: Pennsylvania Game Commission MCWMA; P.O. Box 110; Kleinfeltersville, PA 17039.

A public drawing will be held at the Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area Visitor Center at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 6. There will be only one drawing to fill all hunting periods. The first 16 applications drawn will be assigned to the hunt from Sept. 30-Oct. 14, the second 16 will be assigned to the hunt from Oct. 16-28 and the last 16 will be assigned to hunt Oct. 30-Nov. 11. Hunting zones will also be randomly assigned. Successful applicants will be notified by mail. There will be no provisions or drawings held to fill vacancies created by permit holders who do not participate in the hunt.

Selected hunters will be required to attend one of two mandatory pre-hunt meetings at the Middle Creek Visitors Center scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 17 at 1 p.m. and Wednesday, Sept. 20 at 6 p.m. Additional hunt details will be presented at the pre-hunt meetings. Failure to attend will cause the permit to be invalid.

Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area is along Hopeland Road, two miles south of Kleinfeltersville.

For Information Contact:
Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area
717-733-1512