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STATE GAME LANDS REGULATIONS
The Pennsylvania Game Commission owns and manages for wildlife
and people more than 1.4 million acres of State Game Lands throughout
the commonwealth. An additional several million acres are enrolled in PGC
hunter-access programs. (Sportsmen also are welcome on 2,200,000 acres of
state forests and selected state parks; the 510,000-acre Allegheny National
Forest; and several sizeable federal properties administered by the U.S. Fish
& Wildlife Service, National Park Service and the Corps of Engineers.)
State Game Lands are public hunting grounds and lawful hunting and
trapping are permitted during open seasons. To enable the Commission
to effectively manage and protect these invaluable land holdings for this
and future generations of hunters, trappers and wildlife enthusiasts, the
following activities are prohibited:
* Camp or use campsites.
* Contaminate, pollute or degrade groundwaters or surface waters
or any waterways.
* Graze or permit the grazing of domestic livestock; place or
maintain beehives or beekeeping apparatus.
* Solicit or place private advertisements, signs or posters.
* Plant, gather, cut, dig, remove or otherwise injure any plants or
parts thereof, including trees, shrubs, vines, flowering plants and
cultivated crops. (Mushrooms and fruits of berry-producing
plants may be picked.)
* Travel on lands by means of any vehicle or conveyance propelled
by motorized power. (Exemption for individuals with Disabled
Person Permit for battery-powered motorized wheelchair.)
* Ride a non-motorized vehicle, conveyance or animal, except on
roads normally open to public travel, or designated routes as
posted, or while lawfully engaged in hunting, trapping or fishing.
* Ride a nonmotorized vehicle, conveyance or animal from the
last Saturday in September until the third Saturday in January,
and prior to one hour after close of lawful hunting hours for
spring turkey season from the second Saturday in April
through the last Saturday in May, inclusive, except on Sundays
or while lawfully engaged in hunting, trapping or fishing.
* Ride a non-motorized vehicle, conveyance or animal on roads
open to foot travel only.
* Drive motor vehicles with or without attachments having a
registered gross vehicle weight in excess of 12,000 pounds.
* Use boats propelled by a motor. Battery-powered electric motors
may be used on waterways unless otherwise posted.
* Fish from dam breasts posted against fishing.
* Swim in any dam, pond, lake or stream.
* Injure, destroy or cause damage to property, real, personal or
mixed.
* Remove or attempt to remove any manmade or natural object,
except wildlife and fish lawfully taken. Objects that may not be
removed include animals, rocks, minerals, sand and historical or
archaeological artifacts.
* Participate in, become part of, contribute to or engage in
disorderly conduct.
* Travel on roads open to vehicular travel with vehicle or conveyance propelled by motorized power that is not licensed or
authorized for operation on a public highway.
* Violate, fail or neglect to follow instructions posted on signs
authorized by the Executive Director.
* Destroy, mutilate or remove any sign or placard.
* Travel by mechanical or motorized conveyance or ride animals
on newly constructed, seeded or planted roads, or other areas,
when posted against travel.
* Consume, possess or transport any alcohol, liquor, beer, malt or
brewed alcoholic beverage.
* Use or possess any controlled substance or drug paraphernalia.
* Occupy, use or construct, place or maintain structures or other
tangible property, except that portable hunting blinds and stands
may be used, provided no damage is caused to trees.
* Feed wildlife or place any food, fruit, hay, grain, chemical, salt or
other minerals.
* Release any domestic animals, captive-bred or captive-raised game
or wildlife.
* Operate a motor vehicle in willful and wanton disregard for the

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safety of persons or property or in excess of posted speed limits, or
where no speed limit is posted, in excess of 25 mph.
Target shoot with firearms, bows and arrows, or devices capable of
launching projectiles, unless the person is in possession of a valid
hunting or furtaker license signed by its holder. Exercise of
privileges shall be done in a manner as to not cause injury to
persons or property, or on areas not otherwise posted closed to those
activities.
Except as provided on established shooting ranges, discharge any
firearm, bow and arrow or device capable of launching projectiles
that is not a lawful device to hunt game or wildlife. Shoot clay birds
anywhere except areas designated by the Executive Director by
signs stating that clay bird shooting is permitted.
Engage in any activity or event involving more than 10 persons,
which may conflict with the intended purposes or uses of property,
or poses a potential environmental or safety problem.
Sell, distribute, deliver, service, guide or rent any equipment,
material or commodity or otherwise transact or engage in any
commercial activity. Such activity is when a person directly or
indirectly accepts consideration of value as compensation for the
provision of goods or services, including transportation.
Use State Game Lands for any personal, organizational or commercial purpose other than the intended use of the property.
Operate under authority of a contract, lease, agreement or permit
and fail to abide by the terms and conditions set forth.
Except on Sundays, to be present on State Game Lands from Nov.
15 through Dec.15 inclusive when not engaged in lawful hunting
or trapping and fail to wear a minimum of 250 square inches of
fluorescent orange material on the head, chest and back combined,
or, in lieu thereof, a hat of the same colored material. Orange
material must be visible 360 degrees. Persons using shooting ranges
are exempted.
Small open fires for cooking or warming purposes are permitted,
except when the Fire Index Rating used by the Bureau of Forestry,
DCNR, is high, very high or extreme. Fires must be contained and
tended at all times.
Snowmobiles, as defined in the All Terrain Vehicle Act of 1985,
may be driven beginning the third Sunday in January through April
1, only on designated areas, roads and trails marked with appropriate signs. Snowmobiles must display a valid registration decal.

Hunters are reminded that hunting or discharging firearms, and use of off-road
vehicles, including ATVs, are prohibited on National Park Service (NPS)
lands acquired for the protection of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail.
Individuals can now possess firearms on national park or refuge lands if they
are legally permitted to carry a firearm in the state and municipality where they
are located. Sections of the Appalachian Trail that run through State Game
Lands are not subject to these regulations. Please be advised
that SGL regulations require any group consisting of 10 or
more people utilizing the Game Lands, including trails, to a
obtain a Special Use Permit Maps that show the NPS lands
where hunting is prohibited are available for viewing at the
Appalachian Trail Conference Regional Office in Boiling
Springs, PA 717-258-5771.
Small open fires for cooking or warming purposes may
be kindled, used and maintained by persons exercising the
privileges of a valid hunting, furtaking or fishing license and
through-hikers within the corridor of the Appalachian Trail.
This exception to the prohibition on fires is applicable only
where the small fires are located at places where adequate
precautions are taken to prevent the spread of fire, and the
small fires are attended at all times and the index rating used
by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
is high, very high or extreme for that area. A person causing
a wildfire, in addition to possible criminal penalty, is liable
for all damages, cost of extinguishing and fines.

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