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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-13-2019, 11:38 AM Thread Starter
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Requesting Permission from Private Hunter Access Program land

I have never hunted before. I just got my license and I really just want to start the activity ive always wanted to do. I think my best bet is private land and im using the mapping center map to find land. I found an area that is about two hours from where i live. I obviously wan to ask for permission before I hunt private land. What is the usually protocol? No name or contact info is given on the map, do you just show up and knock on the door?
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-13-2019, 12:09 PM
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What part of the state are you located? I don't want\need your address, but if your from Scranton or Meadville, or wherever...... I'm would think you may be able to find public land or even "Hunter Access cooperation land."

Go to this PGC map https://pagame.maps.arcgis.com/apps/...5f9e6ff5609b34 and zoom in several times. Eventually one of the closeup zoomed will show you small orange "dots". Those are private lands that allow public hunting. I think the only thing you need to do is contact the landowner and ask him to hunt it.
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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-13-2019, 02:00 PM Thread Starter
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Thats what Im looking at but the map doesnt provide contact info
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Hmmmm......there are a few of these properties where I hunt. I just don't need to hunt on them. Check out this PGC web page: http://chilcoteforester.com/wp-conte..._Rev_Jan30.pdf and from what I can read it appears the landowners name and contact info is not made public.

So, apparently there is not a "need" to contact the landowner. Signs should be posted (and I have seen these signs on land adjacent to where I hunt) on the specific land. The link I have said for any questions, call that number.

So....iffin I were you.....I'd call and ask.

I hope this helps.

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The orange dots you still should/need to ask for permission. If you zoom in to I think 2 miles or less scale, you will see some properties that are outlined/shaded in green. These are open access properties and you don't need to ask permission to hunt these. They are usually posted with signage as such and usually, not motorized vehicle signs are posted as well. Many of these lands around my house are owned by Consol Coal.

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Yes go and knock on the door to ask permission to hunt. If you get the wrong door usually the neighbors know the correct house to send you. I would knock before asking to hunt that day, maybe before season, if not at least a few days prior. Not required just what I do. That is for the places where you need permission first. As justgrad25 stated some areas are open access where no prior permission is needed because the owners live off site and granted open access for hunting. Waugh!

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I have hunted 4 or 5 of these properties. All for spring gobbler. I always ask permission and believe it is required. I also approached other properties listed (on map) and I have been told no. You never know if info is current and accurate. Why wouldn't you ask?? Made some friends and found some good hunting by knocking on the door and asking politely.
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