Is it legal to hunt fox and coyotes on state game lands at night?
The Pennsylvania Game Commission owns and manages for
wildlife and people more than 1.4 million acres of State Game Lands
throughout the commonwealth. An additional several million acres
are enrolled in PGC public access programs. (Sportsmen are also
welcome on 2,200,000 acres of state forests and selected state parks;
the 510,000-acre Allegheny National Forest; and several sizeable
federal properties administered by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service,
National Park Service and the Corps of Engineers.)
State game lands are public hunting grounds and lawful hunting
and trapping are permitted during open seasons. To enable the
Commission to effectively manage and protect these invaluable
land holdings for this and future generations of hunters, trappers
and wildlife enthusiasts, the following activities are prohibited:
• Camp or use campsites.
• Contaminate, pollute or degrade groundwaters or surface waters
or any waterways.
• Graze or permit the grazing of domestic livestock; place or
maintain beehives or beekeeping apparatus.
• Solicit or place private advertisements, signs or posters.
• Plant, gather, cut, dig, remove or otherwise injure any plants or
parts thereof, including trees, shrubs, vines, flowering plants and
cultivated crops. (Mushrooms and fruits of berry-producing
plants may be picked.)
• Travel on lands by means of any vehicle or conveyance propelled
by motorized power. (Exemption for individuals with Disabled
Person Permit for battery-powered motorized wheelchair.)
• Ride a non-motorized vehicle, conveyance or animal, except on
roads normally open to public travel, or designated routes as
posted, or while lawfully engaged in hunting, trapping or fishing.
• Ride a non-motorized vehicle, conveyance or animal from the last
Saturday in September until the third Saturday in January, and
prior to one hour after close of lawful shooting hours for spring
turkey season from the second Saturday in April through the last
Saturday in May, inclusive, except on Sundays or while lawfully
engaged in hunting, trapping or fishing.
• Ride a non-motorized vehicle, conveyance or animal on roads
open to foot travel only.
• Drive motor vehicles with or without attachments having a
registered gross vehicle weight in excess of 12,000 pounds.
• Use boats propelled by a motor. Battery-powered electric motors
may be used on waterways unless otherwise posted.
• Fish from dam breasts posted against fishing.
• Swim in any dam, pond, lake or stream.
• Injure, destroy or cause damage to property, real, personal or
• Remove or attempt to remove any manmade or natural object,
except wildlife and fish lawfully taken. Objects that may not be
removed include animals, rocks, minerals, sand and historical or
• Participate in, become part of, contribute to or engage in
• Travel on roads open to vehicular travel with vehicle or conveyance
propelled by motorized power that is not licensed or
authorized for operation on a public highway.
• Violate, fail or neglect to follow instructions posted on signs
authorized by the Director.
• Destroy, mutilate or remove any sign or placard.
• Travel by mechanical or motorized conveyance or ride animals on
newly constructed, seeded or planted roads, or other areas, when
posted against travel.
• Consume, possess or transport any alcohol, liquor, beer, malt or
brewed alcoholic beverage.
• Use or possess any controlled substance.
• Occupy, use or construct, place or maintain structures or other
tangible property, except that portable hunting blinds and stands
may be used, provided no damage is caused to trees.
• Feed wildlife or place any food, fruit, hay, grain, chemical, salt or
• Release any domestic animals, captive bred or captive raised game
• Operate a motor vehicle in willful and wanton disregard for the
safety of persons or property or in excess of posted speed limits, or
where no speed limit is posted, in excess of 25 mph.
• Target shoot with firearms, bows and arrows, or devices capable of
launching projectiles in a manner that could cause injury to persons
or property, or on areas posted closed to those activities.
• Except as provided on established shooting ranges, discharge any
firearm, bow and arrow or device capable of launching projectiles
that is not a lawful device to hunt game or wildlife. Shoot clay birds
anywhere except areas designated by the Executive Director by signs
stating that clay bird shooting is permitted.
• Engage in any activity or event involving more than 10 persons,
which may conflict with the intended purposes or uses of property,
or poses a potential environmental or safety problem.
• Sell, distribute, deliver, service, guide or rent any equipment,
material or commodity or otherwise transact or engage in any
commercial activity. Such activity is when a person directly or
indirectly accepts consideration of value as compensation for the
provision of goods or services, including transportation.
• Use game lands for any personal, organizational or commercial
purpose other than the intended use of the property.
• Operate under authority of a contract, lease, agreement or permit
and fail to abide by the terms and conditions set forth.
• Except on Sundays, to be present on state game lands from Nov. 15
through Dec.15 inclusive when not engaged in lawful hunting or
trapping and fail to wear a minimum of 250 square inches of
fluorescent orange material on the head, chest and back combined,
or, in lieu thereof, a hat of the same colored material. Orange
material must be visible 360 degrees. Persons using shooting ranges
• Small open fires for cooking or warming purposes are permitted,
except when the Fire Index Rating used by the Bureau of Forestry,
DCNR, is high, very high or extreme. Fires must be contained and
attended to at all times.
• Snowmobiles, as defined in the All Terrain Vehicle Act of 1985,
may be driven beginning the third Sunday in January through April
1, only on designated areas, roads and trails marked with appropriate
signs. Snowmobiles must display a valid registration decal.
GAME LANDS MAPS
Detailed color maps of game lands are available through
the Game Commission’s website. Go to
http://www.pgc.state.pa.us, click on “Hunting and Trapping,”
then “State Game Lands,” and then click on the county
you’re interested in, and then select from the list, by
number, the map(s) you want. Maps can be printed.
Hunters are reminded that hunting, possession of firearms,
bows or knives, and use of off-road vehicles, including ATVs,
are prohibited on National Park Service (NPS) lands acquired
for the protection of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail.
Maps that show the NPS lands where hunting is prohibited
are available for viewing at the Appalachian Trail Conference
Regional Office in Boiling Springs, PA (717) 258-5771.