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We will once again be hosting our annual habitat tour of the Susquehannock State Forest on Sunday May 3rd from 9:30am to 2:30pm. This year we will be meeting at the Galeton School and traveling to the Germania area. The tour is free of charge and transportation and lunch is provided. This year's participants are from the Bureau of Forestry, Pa Fish and Boat Commission, Pa Game Commission, Black Forest Conservation Association, SFI Game of Logging National Champion and the North Central Forest landowners Association. I attached a link for those of you that might be interested in the tour. Feel free to contact me should you have any questions about the tour. Thanks

www.dcnr.state.pa.us/cs/groups/public/documents/document/dcnr_20030709.pdf
 

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Just registered. Thank you for letting us know about this. I always wanted to go on one but timing was always an issue.
 

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You can have all the habitat that you want, if there is no game there, then what good is it?
I think that some people gets confused between a nice piece of land and land that has a huntable population of game on it. When I first started going to Potter County 40 years ago, you had to hide behind a tree to load your gun.
Today you can go weeks or even months without seeing a deer!

I attribute some of that to the city slickers that buys camps and comes up and HAS to shoot their "guns" while they are there.

Guns - where I come from is rifles and shotguns.
Guns to city slickers usually includes some type of rapid fire pistol and AR 15 rifle.

I guess that after they get tired of shooting paper targets and beer bottles that they move on to live game!
My friend that lives up there says that he has called the Game Warden many times about poachers, but it is such a rough place that even the Game Warden has to have a State Police escort when they try to visit a camp anymore.

It isn't like it used to be!
 

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You can have all the habitat that you want, if there is no game there, then what good is it?
I think that some people gets confused between a nice piece of land and land that has a huntable population of game on it. When I first started going to Potter County 40 years ago, you had to hide behind a tree to load your gun.
Today you can go weeks or even months without seeing a deer!

I attribute some of that to the city slickers that buys camps and comes up and HAS to shoot their "guns" while they are there.

Guns - where I come from is rifles and shotguns.
Guns to city slickers usually includes some type of rapid fire pistol and AR 15 rifle.

I guess that after they get tired of shooting paper targets and beer bottles that they move on to live game!
My friend that lives up there says that he has called the Game Warden many times about poachers, but it is such a rough place that even the Game Warden has to have a State Police escort when they try to visit a camp anymore.

It isn't like it used to be!
gosh, sorry to hear your bad experience. I have been coming to potter for 30+ years on my own and my experience has been the COMPLETE opposite of what you have described.
Yes, you are correct, very few things in this world are like they used to be. Change is inevitable.
Since there is not a "huntable population" any longer then maybe you should consider moving to a different county.
 

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I have also had the exact opposite experience as the original poster. I find/see plenty of game in the big woods and have had limited success. Have been hunting there my whole life and I quite enjoy the quiet woods without everyone else who gave up bc they actually had to hunt and didn't mow down the first spike they stumbled across trampling through the woods. I have seen very large mature deer and big bears. No problem with the amount of game IMO.
 

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Yeah I wonder what part he's in???? I live in 2G part and travel to 3A alot to visit some Amish farms and a conventional one frequently. Never heard hide or hair of such things. Now that doesn't mean it doesn't exist, but when I used to talk to Mark on a regular basis, our local warden, he never mentioned this to me.
 

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Does poaching go on? Unfortunately probably, but I don't know if it's as rampant as stated above. But when I lived downstate it happened in Westmoreland and Fayette counties as well. Puky people everywhere. I know it's definitely frowned upon around me and my neighbors. In fact, total opposite goes on here. We look out for the nonsense.
 

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With this thread being bumped up, I thought I would update this year's habitat tour. Our tour this year will be held in the southern Potter\Cross Fork Area. The tour will he held on Sunday May 1 and will run from 9am to 2pm. We will be meeting at Ole Bull State Park and traveling by bus from there to 3 different sites on the Susquehannock State Forest. Topics this year include the history of the CCC camps in the area, logging history of the area, timbersale, food plot, recreational opportunities and aspen regeneration site visits. If you are interested in attending, please register by either calling the district office at 814-274-3600 or email [email protected]. lunch and transportation are provided. Hope to see you there.
 
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