Additional State Forest Roads
Remain Open for Opening of Deer Hunting Season
Today, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy
Adams Dunn reminded hunters heading out in search of white-tailed deer
Saturday they will find 516 miles of newly opened state forest roads
and other outdoors enthusiasts visiting Pennsylvania’s state-owned
woodlands in the weeks ahead will find additional roads open in 18 of the
20 state forest districts,” Dunn said. “Normally open only for
administrative use, these roads will afford easier access to state
forestlands for hunters, hikers and others.”
than 3,000 miles of state forest roadways were open during the statewide
archery deer season, which closed November 16. They will remain open
through other hunting seasons continuing into January 2020, but forest
managers may close some when weather conditions dictate.
hunter, regardless of whether they’re seeking deer, bear, turkey, or small
game, more than 90 percent of our state forest system now is within
one-half mile of an open road,” said Dunn.
With the hunter in mind, DCNR and the Pa. Game
Commission continue to update an interactive map of state
forests and game lands across Pennsylvania. The map offers
information on the Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP) and Disease
Management Areas, and details on newly opened roads, timber harvesting
activity, forestry office contacts, and more.
list of Pennsylvania state forest roads that are open
top-quality deer hunting is offered at many state parks -- especially those
in the 12.5-county Pennsylvania Wilds
where state forestland often surrounds them. Inexpensive camping can be
found at many of those parks.
camping on state forestlands also is an option, giving hunters a
backcountry camping or hunting experience. Camping permits, issued by the
managing forest district, are required when camping on state forestlands on
these campsites are close to 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.
are reminded the Pa. Game Commission has established Disease Management Areas (DMAs) to reduce
the risk of spreading chronic wasting disease. Three DMAs currently exist
in Pennsylvania; however, newly confirmed cases can alter the boundaries.
All or portions of Buchanan, Gallitzin, Rothrock,
Tuscarora, Michaux, Bald Eagle, Moshannon, and William Penn state forests, as well as
several state parks, fall within DMAs 2, 3, and 4.
harvesting deer in a DMA should be aware special rules and
regulations apply, and they should have deer tested for the
disease. Additional information on CWD is provided by the Pa. Game
and Department of Agriculture .
are reminded to check state forest advisory pages for potential
the DCNR site for more information on Pennsylvania’s 20 state forest
and 121 state parks.
more about hunting in state forests and parks.
Terry Brady, 717-705-2225; firstname.lastname@example.org.