June 26, 2020: Temporary Closure of Ellendale Forge Road, State Game Lands 211
September 16, 2019: Game Commission Southwest Region To Host Game Lands Tours
Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area
Pennsylvania Game Commission
Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area
Kleinfeltersville, PA 17039
Seasonal Roads, Designated Routes, Snowmobile Trails and Access for Hunters with Disabilities
NOTICE: The gate located at Cold Springs Road, SGL 211 in Lebanon County, at the top of Second Mountain will be closed Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays for necessary road repairs. The road is still open to foot traffic. The gate will remain open for travel Fridays through the following Mondays to allow access. Thank you for your understanding.
Seasonal Roads Open for Hunting & Trapping
Designated Routes for Horses and Bicycles
Access Routes for Hunters with Disabilities
Public Shooting Ranges
Public Shooting Ranges in the Southeast Region
Field Reports - September 11, 2020
Berks County Game Warden Ryan Zawada reports that State Game Lands 280 was very busy on the opening day of dove season. Most of the hunters checked were compliant with the law, however, multiple citations were filed against one hunter for hunting with an unplugged shotgun and hunting doves without a migratory bird privilege.
Chester County Game Warden Matthew Johnson reports that a Franklin Township man had a preliminary hearing for the possessing two unlawful deer in the fall of 2019. One of the deer was a trophy-class buck. The case arose from a joint search warrant served with State Police from the Avondale barracks, which also disclosed evidence of drug-related crimes. The judge hearing the case forwarded the charges for prosecution in the court of common pleas.
Chester County Game Warden Matthew Johnson reports that all-too-frequently this spring and summer waterfowl were found tangled in discarded fishing line along streams and lakes. “This is an issue every year, but seemed especially bad in 2020, maybe due to more people out fishing because of COVID restrictions,” Johnson said. “When fishing, please make sure the area is clear of line and other tackle when you leave. Go that extra step and inform other anglers of the problem, and pick up after them, too, if you must.”
Dauphin and Lebanon counties Game Lands Management Group Supervisor Steve Bernardi reports several citations have been written for individuals using the rifle range at State Game Lands 211 without a valid range permit or hunting license. Also, citations have been issued for posting targets on the wooden framing, causing damage to the target stands. Targets are to be placed on the target backing material only, not on the support structure.
Lancaster County Game Warden John Veylupek issued several citations for possessing alcohol on State Game Lands 156
Lancaster County Game Warden John Veylupek assisted Warden Daniel Gibble with an investigation of a trash dumping case in southern Lancaster County.
Lancaster County Game Warden John Veylupek assisted Southwest Region wardens with cases of Lancaster County residents unlawfully riding ATVs on Somerset County State Game Lands. Citations are pending.
Lancaster County Game Warden Greg Graham reports that an individual took a young Canada goose from the wild and kept it in captivity. The individual then attempted to release the goose at Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area where witnesses observed the individual using a large tree branch to drive the goose away. This occurred inside the Propagation Area that is closed to the public. The goose ended up at the boat launch where it clearly showed no fear of humans and had to be relocated. Local wildlife rehabilitators said the goose would most likely be incapable of living in the wild. The investigation is ongoing, and charges are pending.
Lancaster County Game Warden Daniel Gibble reports citing an individual who shot a cottontail rabbit out of season. “When target practicing for archery season, do not shoot game that is not in season,” Gibble said.
Lancaster County Game Warden Daniel Gibble reports citing an individual hunting waterfowl without the required Duck Stamp. Reference the Federal Duck Stamp Program Fact Sheet on the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service website for information on what your $25 is supporting. https://www.fws.gov/migratorybirds/pdf/get-involved/DSOfactsheet.pdf
Lehigh County Game Warden Tyler Barnes cited multiple individuals over several weekends for various violations at the State Game Lands 205 rifle range.
Lehigh County Game Warden Tyler Barnes cited an individual on Aug. 1 for hunting doves. Multiple citations were filed, the hunter has pleaded guilty to all charges.
Montgomery County Game Warden Raymond Madden reports attending multiple hearings for state game lands violations. The violations were able to be prosecuted thanks to the vigilance of lawful game lands users seeing something and saying something. The public is extremely important when it comes to preserving our game lands. If you suspect something, report it to the region office or through Operation Game Thief.
Montgomery County Game Warden Raymond Madden reports this summer has seen an increase in dumping and littering violations on state game lands. Multiple incidents are currently under investigation.
Northampton County Game Warden Brad Kreider reports he is investigating the unlawful removal of beavers and beaver dams in the northern part of the district.
Northampton County Game Warden Brad Kreider reports receiving information from local police about an individual living on State Game Lands 168. The individual was located and all encampment items were removed.
Schuylkill County Game Warden Jason Macunas reports an increase in illegal activity on several Hunter Access Program properties throughout the county. The most common violations include illegal and unsafe swimming in reservoirs, consumption of alcohol, littering and drug activity. Violations encountered will continue to be enforced.
Schuylkill County Game Warden Jason Macunas reports that charges were filed against an Orwigsburg man for illegally possessing wildlife. He indicated that he took possession of an opossum when it was a newborn and continued to raise it for over a year. Due to a poor nutritional diet, the opossum is now being treated for medical issues including bone disease, which is limiting its mobility.