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SGL 267 Sasquatch Prescribed Fire (PDF)
Barrens Habitat and Management (PDF)
SGL 82 Golden-winged Warbler Habitat Project (PDF)
SGL 228 Road Daylight/Habitat Transition Zone Project SGL (PDF)
SGL 228 Scrub Oak Restoration/Prescribe Fire Project (PDF)
Game Lands road Improvement Projects (PDF)

Seasonal Roads, Designated Routes, Snowmobile Trails and Access for Hunters with Disabilities

Seasonal Roads Open for Hunting & Trapping
Designated Routes for Horses and Bicycles
Snowmobile Trails
Access Routes for Hunters with Disabilities (PDF)

Public Shooting Ranges

Public Shooting Ranges in the Southwest Region

Field Reports - September 11, 2021

Allegheny County Game Warden Douglas Bergman reports several tree stands on property enrolled in the Hunter Access Program have been observed without the required identification. These properties, as well as State Game Lands, fall under specific regulations pertaining to tree stands that are left in place. Hunters are reminded to follow the regulations pertaining to tree stands on these properties.

Allegheny County Game Warden Madison Kyle reports she has checked several individuals at the State Game Lands 203 shooting ranges who possessed Pennsylvania hunting licenses but had not successfully passed a Hunter Trapper Education class. These hunting licenses were seized as evidence and those individuals will be receiving citations. The public is reminded that if you want to shoot at game lands ranges, but have not passed HTE, you need to purchase a Shooting Range Permit.

Beaver County Game Warden Matt Kramer reports several black bears are active in the county. Archery deer hunters are encouraged to purchase a bear license in case they encounter a black bear while in the tree stand, since the archery bear season runs from Sept. 18-Nov. 26 in WMU 2B, and Oct. 16-Nov. 6 statewide. “Don’t make the mistake of not being able to harvest a bear because you did not purchase a bear tag,” Kramer said.

Fayette County Game Warden Brandon Bonin reports several Operation Game Thief tips led to an investigation into the hunting habits of three Fayette County hunters. After a lengthy investigation, the case has finally been adjudicated after two of the hunters were charged with violating a total of eight counts of the Game & Wildlife Code. The first hunter pleaded guilty to unlawful taking of an antlerless deer that he did not have a license for and paid a fine of $1,000, plus costs, and faces three years of hunting license revocation. The second hunter was found guilty in court of all charges and sentenced to pay $2,400, plus costs, and faces up to seven years of hunting license revocation.

Fayette County Game Warden Brandon Bonin reports three irresponsible hunters’ actions have caused hunters to lose access to dove hunting on a local property. The three hunters hunted the property without permission, littered and fired numerous shots into the safety zones of the property owner and surrounding neighbors, along with other game law violations.

Indiana County Game Warden Ned Kimmel reports increased ATV activity on state game lands and Hunter Access property has been noticed, and many have been addressed by issuing citations.

Somerset County Game Warden Brian Witherite reports while patrolling eight grouse were observed at one location. The female and her brood were crossing a remote road and provided a few minutes of enjoyable viewing.

Somerset County Game Warden Brian Witherite reports bear complaints have increased as cornfields matured. Several bears have been captured and relocated.

Westmoreland County Game Warden Chris Bergman reports an investigation is underway regarding two individuals suspected of shooting a Canada Goose with a crossbow while groundhog hunting. Additional violations are hunting without the required orange and hunting without the required license.