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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-08-2020, 03:32 PM Thread Starter
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History Question

Who knows with certainty they first year Pennsylvania had a flintlock season?
The year it was expanded from select sites to statewide?
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-08-2020, 03:40 PM
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Mmmmmm. ALMOST positive first year was 1974. And 1979 is ringing a bell as far as the expansion from GL's
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Originally Posted by Fleroo View Post
Mmmmmm. ALMOST positive first year was 1974. And 1979 is ringing a bell as far as the expansion from GL's

Correct on both counts! But you don't win nothin'.
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I went on the first ML hunt in the game lands around Uniontown up on the mountain. Can't remember the year but I know it was the first. Only specific GL's. Hunting with a ML ever since.
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I was just a kid probably 14 or so when I went on my first PA ML hunt. It was specified GL only. A wonderful neighbor of mine took me. He is now passed but was a wonderful man and took a snot nosed kid on lots of deer hunts over the years to NY, PA and countless fishing trips chasing small mouth bass. He drove me about 1 or more hours from Beaver County to GL in Venago CO even let me use his .45 Hawken Rifle! Did not get a deer but missed on and nicked another. It bleed maybe an ounce of blood. I am guessing it was 1978 or 1979. I just remember missing the deer, and lots of knee deep snow!!

Thank You John Reed!! You made a big difference in this snot nosed kids life.
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thanks for the history. welcome to HPA , Kansas.
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I have kept many of the hunting/trapping regulations booklets since I began hunting in 1969. Being an avid muzzleloader hunter, I went back and looked at the rule books. I can't seem to locate the one for the 1974-75 hunting season. But in 1973-74 booklet, there is no mention of a flintlock season. The 1975-76 booklet specifies hunting was permitted on only 37 designated state game lands. In the 1976-77 rules, it was expanded to 41 designated state game lands. In the 1977-78 booklet, it was further expanded to 60 designated state game lands. The 1979-80 booklet shows the season went state-wide that season.

My recollection is that, at some point prior to going state-wide, the Allegheny National Forest was included in addition to the "designated state game lands", but I don't see that mentioned in any of the rules booklets. I recall starting participation in the flintlock season during the 1977-78 hunting year, and we hunted the Allegheny National Forest at that time, so I think that's the year it was included (in addition to the 60 designated state game lands).
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