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 (PDF)
Public Shooting Ranges
Public Shooting Ranges in the Southeast Region
Field Reports - January 15, 2021
Chester County Game Warden Matthew Johnson reports that a Glenmoore man pleaded guilty to hunting under the influence of alcohol in November 2019 on Marsh Creek State Park. DCNR Park Ranger Krista Leibensperger was the first officer to contact the subject after receiving reports of a pheasant hunter showing signs of significant intoxication in the fields off Milford Road. The subject was in possession of a loaded shotgun. He failed a series of field sobriety tests and was arrested. His blood-alcohol level was measured with the assistance of Upper Uwchlan Police Department and was well over the lawful limit for hunting. The hunter also admitted to consuming marijuana prior to the hunt. Hunting under the Influence is a misdemeanor offense, and the hunter was made to pay significant fines and court costs and had his license revoked.
Dauphin and Lebanon counties Game Land Management Group Supervisor Steve Bernardi reports that, during this past rifle deer season, three young men decided to go for an ATV ride on Game Lands 211 in Dauphin County When approached with emergency lights activated, all but one sped away at a high rate of speed. Several citations totaling more than $1,500 have been filed for use of unlawful vehicles on game lands, reckless operation of those vehicles and fleeing an officer, and charges under the ATV registration and insurance laws are pending. Hopefully these lads learned that it’s better to deal with a poor decision rather than escalate the situation with additional poor decisions.
Lancaster County Game Warden John Veylupek and Deputy Game Wardens Justin Brian and Jack Bennett, with assistance from Cadet Alex Murray, had a busy rifle season. Violations that were encountered include: failure to tag big game properly, failure to wear the required amount of fluorescent orange clothing, hunting waterfowl without the required licenses, hunting over bait, loaded guns in vehicles, unlawfully bringing high-risk cervid parts out of CWD Disease Management Areas and numerous cases of unlawful taking or possession of big game.
Lancaster County Game Warden Greg Graham reports encountering numerous State Game Lands violations recently, including two individuals who were fishing at Middle Creek lake while under the influence of a controlled substance. Another individual was apprehended after Graham noticed a Christmas tree in the back of the individual’s vehicle. After a short surveillance, the individual deposited the tree on game lands. Charges are pending.
Lancaster County Game Warden Greg Graham recently filed charges against two nighttime predator hunters who cast a light in search of predators while operating a UTV. A loaded firearm was also on the motorized vehicle.
Lancaster County Game Warden Daniel Gibble reports working with the Maryland DNR to address multiple violations on the Maryland/Pennsylvania border.
Lehigh County Game Warden Tyler Barnes cited multiple individuals for various shooting-range violations on State Game Lands 205. The individuals have pleaded guilty to the charges.
Montgomery County Game Warden Raymond Madden reports investigating numerous cases of illegal baiting. Many of these cases are occurring on private land where salt or mineral blocks unlawfully have been placed out, along with corn on the ground. The number of baiting cases has increased this year over last year’s total.
Schuylkill County Game Warden Jason Macunas reports that charges are pending against two individuals from the Pottsville area who attempted to kill a deer illegally. The two men were spotlighting deer at night and entered a cemetery in Norwegian Township where the passenger proceeded to shoot at a deer from the vehicle. Charges include: unlawful killing or taking of big game during a closed season, unlawful use of lights while hunting, loaded firearms in a vehicle and prohibitions within burial grounds.
Northampton County Game Warden Brad Kreider reports seeing increasing numbers of snow geese and waterfowl hunters since mid-November. Field checks of some hunters have uncovered numerous violations including no duck stamps, unsigned duck stamps, over limits, baiting and other license issues.
Philadelphia County Game Warden Jerry Czech reports encountering an individual along Verree Road unlawfully removing the antlers from a road-killed deer. Czech reminds motorists that it is lawful for Pennsylvania residents to retain a road-killed deer for consumption if the individual calls the Game Commission region office and receives a free possession permit. However, to lawfully possess antlers from road-killed deer, individuals must seek to purchase them through the Game Commission at $10 per point.
Philadelphia County Game Warden Jerry Czech reports wardens were assigned to assist with two controlled deer hunts at Ridley Creek State Park in December. Wardens helped arriving hunters check in, inspected their hunting licenses and patrolled the park during the hunt. Many things were different this year due to the pandemic. During the first day, there were 204 hunters and 74 deer harvested and on day two 190 hunters harvesting 33 deer. Wardens encountered a few violations and issued a few warnings and processed three mistake kills.