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Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Brush Valley Twp., Indiana Co, PA
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).