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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 06-24-2019, 11:31 PM Thread Starter
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Question Appalachian Trail not legal to hunt on it

Read today in the digest on PGL you can hunt on the Appalachian Trail. However you can't fire a gun on the Appalachian Trail nor hunt in other areas of the state... So that means if the Appalachian Trail goes thru a state park or a farmers land you have permission to hunt on by rights you can legally hunt there... They tell you to contact the Appalachian Trail Conservatory in Boilng Springs Pa and look at the map to see just where you can't hunt on.. The digest has a telephone number to call 717-258-5771

So how far off of the Appalachian Trail is it legal to hunt? just so many yards like 150 like a safety zone or is it for miles?

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If its public land i.e., state park, state forest or game lands I believe you just have to get off of the trail. Most if not all of the Federally owned land that the App trail goes through is no hunting. Again look at their maps to know which lands you can't hunt on.
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I've hunted SGL 80 for years and the App trail runs right though it. There is nothing in the parking areas or along the trail to indicate that you cannot hunt from it or that there is any kind of safety zone. I got this from a quick google search.

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If trail runs thru PGL you can legally hunt. Thank you for the link I will check it out.
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I would think the simple solution would be to call 717-258-5771. But I may be wrong. I am sure someone would know more than they do. Waugh!

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The rules differ according to what the lands thr trail goes thru were acquired for. If the land was specifically acquired for the trail I don't believe your allowed to hunt it but if the trail goes thru land acquired for other purposes, hunting from the trail (and I believe carrying a LOADED firearm ON the trail is not allowed but hunting the adjacent off-trail land is. Most hunters aren't even aware of it because in a lot of places there just isn't much signage up explaining it. I used to run into it hunting the Blue Mountain ridge where a SGL and the Del Water Gap National Rec Area lands had the trail running through it. There were pockets of lands going up the mountain that were acquired specifically for access to the trail but it was only after several years of hunting up there that I started to see some signage delineating it and I looked into it. Before that I had no clue of any of the different rules.

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Sections of the Appalachian Trail that run thru State Gamelandsare not subject to the listed regulations.

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They can stick their "No Firearms on The Trail". A friend and I did just a 2 day section some time in the late 80's ? It required an overnight stay in one of their trailside yurts. I wasn't but a few weeks before, that 2 people ( I believe a guy and gal) were murdered on the trail by a drifter/vagrant. They caught the guy somewhere near the southern portion, I believe wearing the victims shoes ? Well, we both packed heat, and didn't even care to ask if it was legal. The remoteness of the trail, and especially those yurts for overnight stays, are a prime hunting ground for those intent on ill-will.

There's a website that lists the murders over the years on the trail. Somewhere in the double digits I believe.
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Hunting is prohibited along approximately 900 miles of the Trail through national parks (like Shenandoah and the Great Smoky Mountains), most state parks, and on lands acquired by the National Park Service exclusively for the Trail and still under National Park Service administration, including the outside edges by A.T. corridor boundary signs
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In PA, if the AT is crossing State Forest or State Game Lands, it is wide open to hunting.
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I did call # today. He looked on map where I use to hunt. Some places I could hunt off trail others I couldn't. What a shock to some to be fined and as you walked away you still wouldn't believe it happened.
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