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Hunting area wanted in Pa

Discussion in 'Off Topic Threads' started by Justin L., Apr 9, 2009.

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  1. Justin L.

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    sjb,

    I'd bet you could find better hunting somewhere other than PA, with the new doe seasons, no one is seeing many deer, and hasn't for a few years. I stopped shooting does altogether in PA because of the lack of deer in my area. The only places you have a decent chance of finding any numbers of deer is on private property or counties where you can't use a centerfire rifle in gun season (like Allegheny county). Wish I could say differently, but deer hunting in PA is horrible compared to what it was about...5 years ago or so.
     
  2. K-GUNS

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    Gifford Pinchot State Park


    Hunting and Firearms: About 1,780 acres are open to hunting, trapping and the training of dogs from fall archery season through the end of the traditional winter seasons. Common game species are deer, rabbit, squirrel and waterfowl. Because of the adjacent residential development and the many non-hunting visitors, special regulations apply to all hunting in the park. Hunting weapons are restricted to bows and arrows until the general small game season in late fall when shotgun and muzzleloader use are also permitted. Center fire rifles and handguns cannot be used in the park at any time. Hunting is prohibited during spring and summer and dog training is only permitted from the day following Labor Day to March 31 in designated hunting areas.

    To help protect the safety of hunters, non-hunting visitors and nearby residents, signs designating hunting areas, no hunting areas and safety zones are posted throughout the park. Hunters should be especially alert for other park visitors who may not be familiar with hunting and for safety zones near park buildings and private residences in and around the park. The Bureau of State Parks reserves the right to participate in or conduct special hunts at other times if necessary to adequately control specific wildlife populations or to conserve park resources. Please contact the park office if you have any questions or need more specific information. Hunting woodchucks, also known as groundhogs, is prohibited. The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and the Pennsylvania Game Commission rules and regulations apply. Contact the park office for accessible hunting information.

    Hunting woodchucks, also known as groundhogs, is prohibited. Dog training is only permitted from the day following Labor Day through March 31 in designated hunting areas. The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and the Pennsylvania Game Commission rules and regulations apply. Contact the park office for ADA accessible hunting information.

    Use extreme caution with firearms at all times. Other visitors use the park during hunting seasons. Firearms and archery equipment used for hunting may be uncased and ready for use only in authorized hunting areas during hunting seasons. In areas not open to hunting or during non-hunting seasons, firearms and archery equipment shall be kept in the owner's car, trailer or leased campsite. The only exception is that law enforcement officers and individuals with a valid Pennsylvania License to Carry Firearms may carry said firearm concealed on their person while they are within the park.

    For complete information on hunting rules and regulations in Pennsylvania, visit the Pennsylvania Game Commission Web site.
     
  3. K-GUNS

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    I was amazed at the hunting restrictions when I read it.

    Hunting weapons are restricted to bows and arrows until the general small game season in late fall when shotgun and muzzleloader use are also permitted. Center fire rifles and handguns cannot be used in the park at any time. Hunting is prohibited during spring and summer and dog training is only permitted from the day following Labor Day to March 31 in designated hunting areas.





    I didn't know it ( the park ) was even there until your post.It's not that far from Schuylkill County-think I take a drive and check it out, esp the fishing and cabin rental.
     
  4. Ed Y

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    George,
    What's the matter with hunting in NJ? Plenty of deer and big bag limits, just gotta' pay a lot for all the permits. I've seen lot's of 10 and 12 pointers.

    Ed Yanchok
     
  5. nogunracks

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    if you are looking for a place to go i would reccomend north carolina have been goinf there for 20 years now license cost 80 dollars for 6 deer 4 buck and 2 doe the camp that i go to you are given 4 deer 2 buck and 2 doe for me that is plenty check out roanoke tar guide service (www.roanoketarguide.com also the food there is very good i have shot 3 of his biggest bucks in the last 3 years thank you Earl
     
  6. AveragEd

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    Vern, you hearing any horns blowing out your way? They might be scaring the deer away.

    Ed
     
  7. Pocatello

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    Thank God I live in Idaho.
     
  8. blizzard

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    You can't beat the whitetail hunting in Western NY without going out west. Big, hearty crop fed deer. They taste WAY better than the bark eaters in Maine. I enjoyed the years that I hunted Maine, but there is just way too much area and too few deer.


    There are plenty of places left in the southern tier of NY where you can either buy or lease smaller plots of land that border state lands. This is the way to go because you have access to a vast area, yet you pay very little in taxes on the little 5 acre plots that you can buy.


    A very close friend of mine has a camp just over the boarder of NY in Genesee PA. I'm no expert on deer hunting in PA, but I can tell you that this area is very thick with whitetail, turkey, and black bear. I've been there several times and it's fantastic.

    You have choices, just have to do your homework. Good luck.
     
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