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Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Westmoreland county PA
Word of warning to anyone who hunts around State Gamelands 79 in Indiana and Cambria county. I went to look over my stand which is (was) about 100 yards from the gamelands boundary. The land just beyond the gamelands ( below where the old sawmill was years ago) has been logged. Actually, bombed would be a better word for it. What was once a solid square mile of forest, broken only by some old logging trails and a few small creeks is now a devastated wasteland. All the trees are gone, even the crappy pine and hemlock. There is nothing left standing that is bigger than a broom handle and very little of that (except some hemlocks right next to the creek where the machines probably couldn't go). There is probably couple hundred cords of firewood in the form of tops and branches that were crushed flat and left to rot just laying around. Huge laurel thickets are completely gone. Even large rocks that used to be reliable landmarks are no longer there. They didn't even pile up the tops to make good brush piles, they just smashed it flat. I've never seen a logging job like this. Tornadoes aren't this destructive. So, if you hunt the gamelands near the old sawmill there, expect the woods to end one foot from where the gamelands border is marked and about a square mile of complete devastation beyond that.
Hunting: 10% skill and 90% location.