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10,400 acres of new state game lands open in PA

From Pennsylvania Game Commission

-- Pennsylvania hunters and trappers have gained access to two parcels of State Game Lands totaling 10,400 acres in Centre and Clearfield counties in the past two months.

In addition to these two new large tracts, hunters and trappers also have seen the State Game Land system increase in size with each meeting of the Board of Game Commissioners.

At nearly every quarterly Board meeting, the Game Commission's Bureau of Wildlife Habitat Management, has had at least one proposal to enhance, protect and increase the 1.4 million acres of State Game Lands. Nearly all of the lands ñ past and present ñ were purchased with hunting and furtaking license dollars and federal excise taxes that fund the Pittman-Robertson program. Some recent purchases were made possible by the agency utilizing revenues from timber, oil, gas and mineral leases from existing State Game Lands.

Hunters and trappers have gained access to the Spring Creek Canyon Cooperative Management Coalition's more than 1,800 acres in Benner Township, Centre County, much of which has been off limits for several decades. Included in the Spring Creek Canyon is the 1,211 acres of State Game Land 333, which is the newest numbered SGL.

Act 55 of 2010 (House Bill 1890) authorized the state to transfer the 1,827 acres from the Department of Corrections' State Correctional Institution at Rockview into joint management by the Game Commission, Fish and Boat Commission, state Department of Corrections, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Pennsylvania State University and Benner Township.

Some portions of the overall Spring Creek Canyon property remain under the jurisdiction of the Department of Corrections and will not be open to public hunting and trapping, but the vast majority of the property is open for the first time in decades.

In Bell and Greenwood townships, Clearfield County, hunters and trappers gained access to nearly 9,200 acres of land added to State Game Land 87. Prior to the acquisition, which was approved by the Board of Game Commissioners on April 12, SGL 87 consisted of about 1,225 acres. With the new tract, SGL 87 now consists of 10,422 acres.

For more information on the Game Commission's State Game Lands, visit the agency's website.

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