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Scotia Game Lands. State College Pa.

I graduated from Penn St in 2005. The entire time I attended, Scotia Game lands were off limit to grouse hunting, due to a grouse/habitat study. I believe it has recently ( 3-4yrs ) been open to grouse hunting. Has anyone hunted it, w/success? I tried last week and it seems that the clear cuts are to mature. Also does anyone know the results of the study?
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Re: Scotia Game Lands. State College Pa.

It was a waist of time... why do a Grouse study in a City. that makes no since. The study could have been done a lot better.
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It was a waist of time... why do a Grouse study in a City. that makes no since. The study could have been done a lot better.
LOL have you ever hunted it? It Ain't no city...

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I hunt it all the time for rabbits, there are huge patches that are so thick you cannot hardly get through them, and if there is no snow on the ground you can't see the rabbits. you must have been in a bad spot. It's all patchwork with differing ages of cuts...

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Re: Scotia Game Lands. State College Pa.

I hunted it once, seen some grouse. I never seen the study results. The only thing it resulted in the day I was there was ALOT of ticks. I will never hunt it again, so have at it!!
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Re: Scotia Game Lands. State College Pa.

I hunted it for the first time this fall - was a nice little day trip from where I live. I would disagree that the cuts are "too mature" - at least not some of the stuff I was in. I couldn't swing a gun in some of the blocks and the growth was barely higher than my 5'6" head. Other blocks were more mature, but even in some of those blocks I moved birds (grouse or w'cock).

I didn't move a ton of birds in the 3-4 hours I hunted it but enough to keep me happy for that day (3 grouse, 4 woodcock for about a 2/hr flush rate).

It does get hunting pressure though, I can tell that. I hunted on a weekday and still saw several other guys.

No clue how the study turned out, can't help there.

PS - the ticks are terrible - picked at least 50 off my dog after the hunt
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Re: Scotia Game Lands. State College Pa.

hooty,
Not much on the place myself, and have not seen the study that kept the place shut down for so many years.
There are lots better places to hunt in Potter/Tioga, will probably never hunt it again.
Knew the ticks would be bad, sprayed the dogs before we hunted, the place is definitely loaded with ticks.
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Re: Scotia Game Lands. State College Pa.

yes i did hunt it one time. The first year is was opened.
We flushed like 10 birds. We hunted it all day, Lot of ticks is right. its just not what i would call good Grouse Habitat to do a study on.

Andy, if i was a Rabbit hunter i would hunt it too. I think it looks like some great rabbit habitat.

Ok, I guess saying its a city was the wrong word to use.
I wouldnt be doing a grouse study in that area.

And if anyone is looking for the study Info. you can find it online.
This SGL 176 is 6,231 acres with home on all sides of it.
its really hard to manage it for grouse or even to do a grouse study. That's why the Game Comm opened it back up for Grouse hunting. It wasnt the right area.
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Re: Scotia Game Lands. State College Pa.

Hunted Rabbits on it yesterday before and during the snow storm. Saw 3 sets of grouse tracks and heard one flush. It is crazy thick in spots, I hunt with beagles and have no idea what great Grouse habitat is but it is definatley thick enough to hold a few rabbits which is good enough for me.
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Re: Scotia Game Lands. State College Pa.

Shortly after I got my GSP, I took him there to put him on some birds (I can see the radio towers from my house, 1-2 miles away). All we saw were tons of ticks. Haven't been back since.

Hopefully, the controlled burns will help the tick situation. With permethrin available now, should probably try it again.

Seems like it should be ideal grouse habitat. And I think it does get a lot of pressure.
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