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    hunting season

    heads up all hunting season starts Saturday with archery and progresses from there, soon the woods will be filled with gun fire

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    time to bust out the orange helmet
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    I just went and made a calendar from the PA info so I could maybe remember to not schedule big/important bike rides on Saturdays until it's safe to do so. *eek*

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    Looks like night time is the right time to ride now. Yea lights!

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    Yes, please remember to stay out of the game lands during hunting hours. Remember, us hunters (not to mention revenue from gas, timber and mineral extraction) make it possible for the land to be preserved.

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    Firearms and public recreation...as wholesome a combination as stool and sex acts. As a non-hunter, there is no greater buzzkill than hunting season. The possibility of being hit by a poorly aimed 30.06 round while riding my bicycle kills my ride before it begins. The thought of sharing the woods with shooters totally petrifies me. When will we come to our senses as a society and ban this kind of anti-social bull$#!+. Talk about an obsolete and self-indulgent activity that puts personal enjoyment above the safety and consideration of your neighbors...
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    buddhak, i feel your pain, and i'm NOT a hunter, but the should get their time in the woods too. It's not like we only get six months of the year to play or anything like that.

    I'm sure a notable number of people hunt strictly for recreation - just like sport fishermen, but notable numbers eat what they kill and do it that way for good reasons.

    FWIW, i've never gone on a hunt, but I figure my military rifle training would come in kind-of handy should I ever need it to find meat to put on the table!

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    Quote Originally Posted by buddhak
    Firearms and public recreation...as wholesome a combination as stool and sex acts. As a non-hunter, there is no greater buzzkill than hunting season. The possibility of being hit by a poorly aimed 30.06 round while riding my bicycle kills my ride before it begins. The thought of sharing the woods with shooters totally petrifies me. When will we come to our senses as a society and ban this kind of anti-social bull$#!+. Talk about an obsolete and self-indulgent activity that puts personal enjoyment above the safety and consideration of your neighbors...
    pretty high level of paranoia. perhaps you ought to live and let live.

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    Good points bear, you are a reasonable person.

    Quote Originally Posted by buddhak
    Firearms and public recreation...as wholesome a combination as stool and sex acts. As a non-hunter, there is no greater buzzkill than hunting season. The possibility of being hit by a poorly aimed 30.06 round while riding my bicycle kills my ride before it begins. The thought of sharing the woods with shooters totally petrifies me. When will we come to our senses as a society and ban this kind of anti-social bull$#!+. Talk about an obsolete and self-indulgent activity that puts personal enjoyment above the safety and consideration of your neighbors...


    Whoa! Guns don't suck, ignorant people suck. The PGC is virtually self-funded through hunting license sales and revenue from resource extraction. Where do you think the source of funding comes from to preserve the game lands. Not the state general fund.



    Anti social? some of my best memories growing up are of the cameraderie and friendships I have gained through the sport of hunting.



    Obsolete? How else do you suggest we manage wildlife and forests? You should be thankful that you have hunters to help preserve the land for recreation. No group does more for conservation. we are about 800,000 strong in PA



    I will spend most of Saturday in my tree stand, BOW and ARROW in hand. Hopefully I am lucky enough to take a deer which I will drag out of the woods and process in my backyard while cracking a beer and toasting to you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by koval79
    Good points bear, you are a reasonable person.
    Now, don't be spreading things like THAT around. :^)

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    As bear said, hunters deserve their time in the woods and without them we would probably be hitting deer every hour out on the trails. i just ride on Sunday's in the game lands out at Bavington now. Everywhere else I ride, are county parks.

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    Oh jesus chill with the anti-hunting BS. Ride on Sundays and ride other places during the week.

    I also am pretty sure where I ride the land is called "state gamelands" not "state mountainbiking lands" so I am cool to abide by the rules.

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    Thanks for the heads up.....

    Quote Originally Posted by slowdave
    heads up all hunting season starts Saturday with archery and progresses from there, soon the woods will be filled with gun fire
    I will be riding Moon Lake for awhile on Saturdays. BTW - Enjoying the SIerra Nevada Tumbler you gave me....mmmmmmm Autumn Brown Ale!
    There are two paths you can go by but in the long run........

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    Quote Originally Posted by rallyrcr
    pretty high level of paranoia. perhaps you ought to live and let live.
    It's not paranoia. Just an honest expression of my frustration at having my peace of mind and sense of safety in the woods disturbed by gunfire. But you are right, live and let live...
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    Columbus Day...

    ....is there hunting on Columbus Day? Also, lets share a few areas that are OK to ride on Saturdays during Hunting season.....so theres Moon Lake County Park in Luzerne County.

    btw: we went kayaking early saturday morning on Nescopeck Creek....just after the old back entrance to Beech Mountain Lake bridge....just around the bend....we watched a decent size buck swim across the fast moving creek...and leep onto the bank.....really quite a site....
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    Quote Originally Posted by JeffSkisMontana
    ....is there hunting on Columbus Day? Also, lets share a few areas that are OK to ride on Saturdays during Hunting season.....so theres Moon Lake County Park in Luzerne County.
    7 Tubs SHOULD be hunter-free as it's also a county park.

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    Quote Originally Posted by krazcustoms
    7 Tubs SHOULD be hunter-free as it's also a county park.
    As long as you stay in the park boundaries, I would not go crossing the rr trax!

    Is there hunting in the State Parks - I'm thinking of Francis Slocum?

    What about Army Corp properties - thinking about a day-trip to Raystown Lake. :^)

    Of course, all the lift-served DH biking is good. I do plan to enjoy that through October!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JeffSkisMontana
    Also, lets share a few areas that are OK to ride on Saturdays during Hunting season
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    Quote Originally Posted by bear
    Is there hunting in the State Parks - I'm thinking of Francis Slocum?
    Parts of Slocum are open to hunting. The same is true of LSP, French Creek, and other State Parks.

    My 2cents, FWIW: I'll continue to ride everything except Gamelands (which are explicitly off limits during hunting season) right up until the start of rifle season.

    Related to safety: as someone who grew up archery hunting, it's highly unlikely that one has a reasonable shot at a anything but a clearly identified target, and no more than about 60 yards away, standing still, and with a clean open shot. It's just not possible to fire off a bunch of shots at a unknown moving target with a compound bow. Hunting accidents with guns are rare, hunting accidents with bows (involving anyone but the archer) are pretty much negligible. Wear bright colors and ride on.

    Related to respect for hunters: there are over 1.4 million acres of State Game Lands scattered across PA that are completely off limits to mountain bikers during hunting season. Personally I'm fine with that - hunters pay for for the right to hunt there, whereas we're freeloaders. However, State Parks and State Forests are year round multi-use public lands; there is no state regulation closing these lands to non-hunters user groups during hunting season.

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    I just take comfort in knowing that if any hunter bags me, I will surely be a state record...LOL!!!
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    Also, lets share a few areas that are OK to ride on Saturdays during Hunting season.....so theres Moon Lake County Park in Luzerne County.

    Mt. Gretna/Governor Dick and Mt. Penn/Antietam are both supposed to be hunter free.

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    Amen brother well put. Being a hunter and a biker I see both sides. where orange and ride.
    Quote Originally Posted by jonz
    Parts of Slocum are open to hunting. The same is true of LSP, French Creek, and other State Parks.

    My 2cents, FWIW: I'll continue to ride everything except Gamelands (which are explicitly off limits during hunting season) right up until the start of rifle season.

    Related to safety: as someone who grew up archery hunting, it's highly unlikely that one has a reasonable shot at a anything but a clearly identified target, and no more than about 60 yards away, standing still, and with a clean open shot. It's just not possible to fire off a bunch of shots at a unknown moving target with a compound bow. Hunting accidents with guns are rare, hunting accidents with bows (involving anyone but the archer) are pretty much negligible. Wear bright colors and ride on.

    Related to respect for hunters: there are over 1.4 million acres of State Game Lands scattered across PA that are completely off limits to mountain bikers during hunting season. Personally I'm fine with that - hunters pay for for the right to hunt there, whereas we're freeloaders. However, State Parks and State Forests are year round multi-use public lands; there is no state regulation closing these lands to non-hunters user groups during hunting season.

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    jonz: we need a web page or sticky for this "safe to ride during hunting season info" - this same deal happened last year, and I'm betting every year. Maybe I'll troll a bit to see if I can't build up some info and maybe we can start a clean thread and get it sticked. Thoughts?

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    Mt. Penn doesn't allow hunting, and has some of the best technical single-track, obstacle courses, downhill, jump lines, crazy log rides, and most awesome XC, AM, FR, DH, and whatever other 2 letter acronyms you can think of - probably over 40 miles worth!

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    Whoa, look what I started. I am pleased and surprised with the responses. After seeing the intial reponses, I thought I was going to get hammered.

    Here is a link to a list of seasons:

    http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal...=576240&mode=2

    You are safe just about anywhere other than gamelands during the archery seasons. You'll get progressively more hunters leading up to the firearm bear season( the Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday before Thanksgiving) , which is immediately followed by firearm deer season starting the Monday after Thanksgiving and lasting for 2 weeks. My advice would be to wear orange during any season, and to stay out of the forest during deer and bear firearm seasons or use caution when choosing places to ride. Not required by law, but for your personal safety.

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    Being new to the state college area, is it safe to ride in Rockroth? And when would it become unsafe?

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    I've heard that even Sundays are illegal on State Gamelands during hunting season. Can anyone confirm / deny this?

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    as far as i know no hunting Sundays but that changes next year with spring gobbler so fall hunting probably isn't far behind cause you know 6 days a week ain't just enough time to kill stuff

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    Quote Originally Posted by eman2005
    Being new to the state college area, is it safe to ride in Rockroth? And when would it become unsafe?
    There is definitely hunting allowed in Rothrock, so I'd consider Sundays to be the safe day (for now, in season) to be on trail. The gravel roads would probably be fine, it'd be sketchy IMO on the doubletrack/access roads as were I a hunter I'd consider that part of the legit area.

    There are, I believe, specific areas within Rothrock where it would not be legal to hunt (some of the natural areas) but I don't recall there being bike-able trail there. You'd have to consult the DCNR web site or maybe the the Purple Lizard map, or some local bike shops, for more info.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bear
    There is definitely hunting allowed in Rothrock, so I'd consider Sundays to be the safe day (for now, in season) to be on trail. The gravel roads would probably be fine, it'd be sketchy IMO on the doubletrack/access roads as were I a hunter I'd consider that part of the legit area.

    There are, I believe, specific areas within Rothrock where it would not be legal to hunt (some of the natural areas) but I don't recall there being bike-able trail there. You'd have to consult the DCNR web site or maybe the the Purple Lizard map, or some local bike shops, for more info.
    What about Monday-Thursday before deer rifle season?

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    Quote Originally Posted by eman2005
    What about Monday-Thursday before deer rifle season?
    I believe it's legal to hunt any day of the week except Sunday, during daylight hours - sunrise to sunset, possibly during twilight time too.

    I can't seem to find that regulation quickly on the PGC or DCNR web sites so I could easily be wrong.

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    Sorry, let me state my qustion more clearly: I've heard that bicycling is illegal on Sundays on state game lands during hunting season. Can anyone confirm / deny this?

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    For each region, there is a list of designated routes. These route designations, which total more than 1,000 miles, are in compliance with State Game Lands use regulations that went into effect on February 1, 2003. Under the new regulations, anyone who rides a non-motorized vehicle, conveyance or animal on State Game Lands must do so only on designated routes. Such riding activities will not be permitted, except on Sundays or on roads open to public travel, from the last Saturday in September to the third Saturday in January, and after 1 p.m. from the second Saturday in April to the last Saturday in May. This does not apply to anyone lawfully engaged in hunting, trapping or fishing on State Game Lands
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    Quote Originally Posted by buddhak
    It's not paranoia. Just an honest expression of my frustration at having my peace of mind and sense of safety in the woods disturbed by gunfire. But you are right, live and let live...

    there are probably a couple hundred thousand hunters in the state of PA and how many mtb'ers have been killed by them? my guess is probably zero.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ganginwood
    For each region, there is a list of designated routes. These route designations, which total more than 1,000 miles, are in compliance with State Game Lands use regulations that went into effect on February 1, 2003. Under the new regulations, anyone who rides a non-motorized vehicle, conveyance or animal on State Game Lands must do so only on designated routes. Such riding activities will not be permitted, except on Sundays or on roads open to public travel, from the last Saturday in September to the third Saturday in January, and after 1 p.m. from the second Saturday in April to the last Saturday in May. This does not apply to anyone lawfully engaged in hunting, trapping or fishing on State Game Lands
    I interpret this to mean that as long as I am lawfully engaged in hunting, trapping or fishing on State Game Lands, I can legally ride a bike or horse on any route, even though it may not be specifically designated for non-motorized vehicle, conveyance or animal. This all seems rather odd, as the reasons given for restricting trail use were erosion and habitat destruction. So if I'm riding my bike while hunting or fishing, the erosion and habitat destruction would magically not occur. Curious. So how can we feign lawful engagement in hunting, trapping, or fishing, while riding a bike?

    For what it's worth, from my experience, those 1,000 miles of designated trails are worthless for riding, as they almost always exclude all of the good stuff.

    I'm sure this has all been covered. Just riles me up now and then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tduro
    Curious. So how can we feign lawful engagement in hunting, trapping, or fishing, while riding a bike?
    Buy a hunting license and a gun/bow.
    Wear orange.
    Carry gun/bow.
    Bike.

    Simple. ;^)

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    Heading to Raystown next weekend. Does anybody know the about hunting there?

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    yes, there *is* hunting at Raystown Lake.

    http://www.raystownlake.com/hunting.htm

    or local (Huntingdon?) shops for more detailed info.

    I do not know the extent of valid hunting areas overlapping with the bike trail system.

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    Just about all of the trails are in areas that allow hunting. The good news for you is that itís a trail maintenance weekend so Saturday we expect a lot of people in the woods which will pretty much discourage hunting in that area. Donít worry hunters, there are about 28,000 acres that isnít part of the trail system.

    Trail work should be done by Sunday and there is no hunting on Sunday!

    The Army Corps is recommending riders wear blaze orange during the seasons but it isnít required. Remember this is a multi-use area and the locals get a lot of revenue from hunters as well as bikers so we really want to play nice together. The other option is for the Corps to close the trails which no one wants, including the Corps.

    If everything goes right by the end of the weekend there may even be blaze orange helmet covers located at the trail head for use on the honor system only asking that you return them when you leave.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bear
    Buy a hunting license and a gun/bow.
    Wear orange.
    Carry gun/bow.
    Bike.

    Simple. ;^)
    not quite that simple. that's illegal too.
    135.41. State game lands.
    Additional prohibitions. In addition to the prohibitions contained in the act pertaining to State game lands and ß 135.2, except with the written permission of the Director, it is unlawful to:
    Ride a nonmotorized 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
    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Aswell
    the 5th poster, ganginwoods, is correct

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    Too bad.

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    Remember that when dove is in season, dove hunting IS permitted n Sundays
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    Quote Originally Posted by ganginwood
    not quite that simple. that's illegal too.
    135.41. State game lands.
    Additional prohibitions. In addition to the prohibitions contained in the act pertaining to State game lands and ß 135.2, except with the written permission of the Director, it is unlawful to:
    Ride a nonmotorized 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
    You missed my point. Let's break this down. You may not ride a bike unless one of these 2 conditions apply:

    1) You ride it on a road normally open to public travel or a designated and posted route.

    ---OR---

    2) You are lawfully engaged in hunting, trapping, or fishing.

    If either is true then you are legal (because they used "or" rather than "and").

    So again, all you need to do is feign hunting, trapping, or fishing. Maybe it was intended that way. As long as they get their license money, you can use their land. Not ideal, but at least rational.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eman2005
    Being new to the state college area, is it safe to ride in Rockroth? And when would it become unsafe?
    You're safe for now. Most hunters are gone by the time noon rolls around anyway. Deer rifle season is when the drunks with guns invade the woods. Just wear orange.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eman2005
    What about Monday-Thursday before deer rifle season?
    the Saturday thru Wednesday before Thanksgiving Thursday is Bear season.

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    I huffed and puffed my way to the top of a climb at Lake Kain (trail 2) only to find a pissed off bow hunter standing perfectly still waiting for his harvest... I kind of felt bad (but I was way too out of breath to apologize), I just gave a nod and rode on up the trail on my way back home.
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    ^ haha, hey just to be safe wear bright colors and use some common sense in " no hunting zones" as well, i've come across hunters in jordan, bear creek, south mountain etc. - all supposedly hunting free
    without hops the world stops

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    my bad....you are correct.
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    the 5th poster, ganginwoods, is correct

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    Quote Originally Posted by koval79
    Yes, please remember to stay out of the game lands during hunting hours. Remember, us hunters (not to mention revenue from gas, timber and mineral extraction) make it possible for the land to be preserved.

    Yes please, we need to respect hunting season in this state. Honestly it is one of the underlying reasons some of the best single-track on the east coast is no longer open. I know for a fact that people rode right in front of hunters, and got in altercations with them, not only is that irresponsible as a mountain biker, but really as a human being. An ounce of Respect is worth 20 miles of trail! For now it's got to be ride at night and or on Sunday.

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