If you own a large, forested property anywhere in Pennsylvania, the Game Commission has a program that will help you protect your land and manage the wildlife that inhabits it. Remember, good forest management practices and wildlife conservation go hand-in-hand.
The Game Commission's Cooperative Forest Game Program was developed to provide increased protection to large forested tracts of the Commonwealth. It's available to interested landowners who own mostly forested properties in excess of 1,000 acres and are willing to allow public hunting on the land they enroll in the program. The Forest Game program, like PGC's other Public Access programs, works to protect wildlife habitat and enhance public hunting areas in Pennsylvania. Since hunters have long been recognized as the best tool available for managing deer, bears, wild turkeys, cottontails and squirrel, enrolling your lands into the Forest Game program will assist in efforts to manage wildlife in Pennsylvania and will provide sportsmen with more hunting opportunities.
This program benefits participating landowners by providing enhanced property protection and heightened awareness. Game Commission signs are provided to establish safety zones around occupied dwellings. Roads and trails that may be damaged or misused during certain periods of the year are considered officially closed when posted with signs provided by the agency. Protection through the posting of other official signs, patrolling and enforcement of the Game and Wildlife Code by Game Commission personnel also is provided, especially when areas are being hunted. The Pennsylvania Landowner Liability Act encourages owners of land to make their property available to the public for recreational purposes such as hunting and trapping by limiting their liability toward persons who may visit your property for such purposes.
We currently have more than 600,000 acres enrolled in this important program. If you'd like to learn more about it, please contact your nearest Game Commission region office, or the agency's Bureau of Land Management at the Harrisburg headquarters (717-787-4250).