Harrisburg, PA - New hunting grounds will be available to Pennsylvania deer hunters Monday, November 26, if they take advantage of additional state forest road access in 18 of the 20 state forest districts.
“Hunters will find more than 90 percent of all state forestland is now within one-half mile of an open road,” said Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn. “Since the start of archery season in late September, the state has opened more than 540 miles of state forest roads that normally are gated.”
More than 3,000 miles of roadway in state forestlands will be open to deer hunters into January 2019, with the increase accounting for a roughly 20 percent increase.
DCNR teamed up with the Pa. Game Commission to offer an improved interactive map of state forest and game lands across the state. The online map supplies information on opened roads, timber harvesting activity, forestry office contact numbers, and more.
Some roads will be open only during deer season and at the discretion of district foresters. Others will be opened for the second week of the traditional rifle season because of likely heavy traffic damage the first week. Two- or three-month long openings will be in effect where there is minimal threat of damage or deterioration to road surfaces or forest surroundings.
Many state parks, especially those in the 12-county Pennsylvania Wilds region in northcentral Pennsylvania, offer inexpensive camping and access to top-quality hunting in nearby public forestlands.
Primitive camping on state forestlands gives hunters a backcountry camping or hunting experience. Forest district managers issue required camping permits.
Many of these campsites are near state parks and forestlands enrolled in the Pa. Game Commission’s Deer Management Assistance Program, permitting hunters to take one antlerless deer or more when properly licensed. Hunters should check availability.
State park and forest camping details and other information on Pennsylvania’s 20 state forest districts and 121 state parks can be found at DCNR's website.
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