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Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Beaver County, PA
Re: Gameland 117
Even though I graduated from Freeport, I'll set aside old grudges and give you the lowdown.
SGL 117 and the adjoining Hillman State Park, which is managed as a game lands by the PGC, are mostly reclaimed strip mines. As a result, they're mainly grassy or brushy fields, and pole to slightly larger stage timber. They stock a lot of ringnecks there and there are a good number of turkeys too.
The brushy fields are decent, but not great for bunnies. I usually kick out one or two each time I'm bird hunting, including last Saturday. You can pick out the brushiest fields on Google Maps.
There aren't many large areas of mature mast trees to chase squirrels. My suggestion would be to try along Knowles Road, off of Old Steubenville Pike. There are a couple of stands of mature trees there that might produce some nut munchers for you.
A better recommendation for squirrels is to go about 10 minutes north on Rt. 18 then Rt. 168 to Raccoon Creek State Park. Lots of big, old mast trees crawling with squirrels. My son and I hunt there a couple times a year and rarely have to wait more than 15 or 20 minutes to see one.
Good luck to you. Make the Allegheny Valley proud.