Hunting

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Hunting is allowed on National Forest lands with appropriate state hunting licenses. Seasons and bag limits are determined by the PA Game Commission, please visit their website for more information or download the PA Hunting and Trapping Digest.

General Information

  • No discharging a firearm in or within 150 yards of a developed recreation area, building or occupied area.
  • No discharging a firearm across or on a forest development road, body of water contiguous to a road or where any person or property is exposed to injury or damage.
    • Exception: when lawfully engaged in waterfowl hunting you may shoot over a body of water contiguous to a road.
  • No posting NFS lands as private property and/or “reserving”  a hunting location.

Camping

Dispersed camping rules apply.

ORV and Motorized Vehicle Use for Hunting

For information on operating an OHV or motorized vehicle on the Allegheny visit the OHV page or the MVUM page. A list of ANF Roads open for the Hunting Season is posted.

Specific Information -

Raised Platforms and Stands:

  • Allowed for archery hunting.
  • Must be portable and temporary, no permament structures are allowed.
  • Owners name and address must be displayed on the platform or stand.
  • Cannot be placed during the two weeks prior to the years’ first deer season and the two weeks after the conclusion of the last deer season.

Ground Blinds:

  • Portable ground blinds must be removed at the end of each days hunt.
  • Fasteners for portable ground blinds cannot penetrate the bark of a tree and must be removed daily with the blind.
  • The owners name and address must be displayed on the blind.
  • Blinds can be made of dead, natural materials and/or can have netting, cloth or plastic added to them - the material cannot be permanently attached to the blind and must be removed each day.
  • Natural materials must be scattered at the close of the season or when the blind is abandoned.
  • Constructed blinds must be removed at the end of the season.

Trail Cameras

  • Cameras and other game surveillance equipment must be clearly identified with the owners name, address and phone number or PA Game Commission CID number/PA Game Commission tree stand number.

Target Shooting

Target practice with a rifle, handgun or bow and arrow is permitted provided you abide by all state and federal regulations.

  • A hunting license is not required when shooting at identifiable, artificially constructed targets and/or when no attempt is made to take game.
  • All trash must be packed out, including shell casings and targets.
  • Glass targets are prohibited.
  • Backdrops should be suitable for stopping a projectile.

Trapping

  • Allowed with appropriate permits and licences available through the PA Game Commission.
  • Season and bag limits are determined by the PA Game Commission
  • For more information visit the PA Game Commission website listed above.
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