Description: Point locations of Pennsylvania Game Commission public shooting ranges. Rangetype 'R' = Rifle, 'P' = Pistol. Shooting permits or valid Pennsylvania hunting license required in order to use these facilities. Information available on the PGC website and Hunting Digest. Be sure to check the status of the range to ensure that it is open.
Description: Defines the boundaries of the Chronic Wasting Disease Managment Areas (DMAs) in Pennsylvania that are governed by special rules and guidelines. Within DMAs, rehabilitation of cervids (deer, elk, and moose); the use or possession of cervid urine-based attractants in an outdoor setting; the removal of high-risk cervid parts; and the feeding of wild, free-ranging cervids are prohibited. Increased testing continues in these area to determine the distribution of the disease. Newly confirmed cases will alter the boudaries of DMAs as the Game Commission continues to manage the disease and minimize its affect on free ranging cervids.
Description: Designated marked locations at specific locations (gates and parking lots) on state game lands that are used to provide users with identifible locations for requesting emergency assistance.
Description: Duck zonesare geographical units within states for which duck season dates can be set within federal frameworks but independently of other zones, providing greater flexibility in establishing duck seasons that fit different patterns of species occurrence, habitat conditions, weather, and hunter preferences in different parts of Pennsylvania. Pennyslvania has four duck zones: Lake Erie Zone, Northwest Zone, North Zone and South Zone.
Description: The Southern James Bay Poluation Zone is for Canada goose management in which the primary goal is to set regular season (October through January) hunting regulations that will avoid overharvest of the migratory Southern James Bay Population (SJBP) which breeds in Nunavut and Ontario and winters from southern Ontario and Michigan to Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, and South Carolina. The SJBP is the predominant migratory goose population in northwestern Pennsylvania. Migratory Canada geese are more susceptible to overharvest than resident geese so areas where they concentrate during fall and winter typically have more conservative season lengths and bag limits.TheResident Population Zone is for Canada goose management in which few migratory geese occur during fall and winter and in which regular season (October through February) hunting regulations are set to maintain stable numbers of Resident Population (RP) geese, balancing opportunities for hunting and viewing recreation with human-wildlife conflict issues. Because resident geese can sustain higher harvest rates than migrants, season lengths and bag limits in resident goose areas are typically more liberal than in migrant goose zones.The Atlantic Population Zone for Canada goose management in which the primary goal is to set regular season (October through January) hunting regulations that will avoid overharvest of the migratory Atlantic Population (AP) which breeds in northern Quebec and winters from New England to South Carolina, with the largest concentrations on the Delmarva Peninsula. The AP is important to fall/winter goose harvest in southeastern Pennsylvania. Migratory Canada geese are more susceptible to overharvest than resident geese so areas where they concentrate during fall and winter typically have more conservative season lengths and bag limits.Additional information can be found on the Game Commission's website as www.pgc.pa.gov.
Description: Special Regulation Areas include:In western Pennsylvania, all of Allegheny County.In Southeastern Pennsylvania, all of Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties, and also during special controlled hunts at Ridley Creek and Tyler state parks.
Description: the Wild Pheasant Recovery Areas were identified through the use of spatial analysis factoring in known pheasant habitat needs to identify areas large enough to perhaps support a wild pheasant population provided hunting for them in these areas was restricted to allow them a chance to thrive. These areas are monitored to determine the success of the program. For more information