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Hunting Information

The Nature Conservancy in Pennsylvania

The following preserves are open to hunting.  Maps and directions are provided below.   

Acopian Preserve

The Acopian Preserve (100 acres) allows hunting by special permission only. The waiting list for this site is currently closed. Please check back for updates.

Brush Mountain Preserve

Brush Mountain Woodlands (640 acres) is open for public hunting through cooperation with the Pennsylvania Game Commission. For more information, please call our office at (866) 298-1267 or (717) 232-6001.

This property is also enrolled in the Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP). DMAP is operated by the Pennsylvania Game Commission to promote forest regeneration by targeting the most vulnerable and severely impacted tracts for additional antlerless deer harvests. The DMAP coupons for this site are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note, all of the DMAP permits for the 2011-2012 season have been given out for this site. Make sure to check back next year early in the season (August) if you are interested in receiving a DMAP permit for this location.

Directions:
Brush Mountain Woodlands is located in Logan and Frankstown Townships (Blair County). Travel on I-99 to Frankstown Exit at the Logan Town Centre Shopping Center/Frankstown Road. At light at the end of exit ramp, turn Left onto Frankstown Road. Travel on Frankstown Road for a few miles and turn Left onto Sylvan Oaks. Take Sylvan Oaks to the end of the development and stay straight as it turns into Starling Drive (at right-hand bend in the road). Travel on Starling Drive to dirt road straight ahead. Continue straight on dirt road (Fire Tower Road) up past the power line (keeping to the right at each intersection along the way).

Download a map of Brush Mountain Preserve. (pdf, 992KB)

Chrome Barrens Preserve- Upper Chrome

For hunting permission, please contact Elk Township at (610) 255-0634.  Leave a message with your name, address and phone number and mention that you are interested in a permit to hunt at the site.  Please note that there are a limited number of permits given out for this site by Elk Township each year on a first-come, first-served basis.

Directions:
The Upper Chrome portion (165 acres) of the Chrome Barrens is located along Barren Road in Elk Township (Chester County). From Route 1 take the Oxford exit (Route 10).Turn south on Route 10 and drive 1.7 miles to the center of Oxford and turn left onto Market Street. Cross over railroad tracks and turn right on Fifth Street. Follow Fifth Street 2.7 miles to the intersection with Media Road (Media Mennonite Chapel is on the right corner). Cross over Media Road, and you are now on Barrens Road. Follow Barrens Road for another 0.8 miles. The parking lot entrance is on the left.

Download a map of Chrome Barrens - Upper Chrome. (pdf, 314KB)                                                                         

Chrome Barrens  Preserve– Lower Chrome

The Lower Chrome portion (60 acres) of the Chrome Barrens is open for archery hunting only by special permission. To obtain permission to hunt this property and/or for more information please call our office at (866) 298-1267 or (717) 232-6001.

Directions:
The Lower Chrome portion of the Chrome Barrens is located along State and Reisler Roads in Elk Township, PA (Chester County).

Download a map of Chrome Barrens - Lower Chrome. (pdf, 226KB)                                                                      

Eales Preserve at Moosic Mountain

The Eales Preserve at Moosic Mountain (2,250 acres) is open for public hunting through cooperation with the Pennsylvania Game Commission. For more information, please call our office at (866) 298-1267 or (717) 232-6001.

Deer Management Assistance Program( DMAP)

This preserve is also enrolled in the Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP).  The DMAP is operated by the Pennsylvania Game Commission to promote forest regeneration by targeting the most vulnerable and severely impacted tracts for additional antlerless deer harvests.  The 2009 DMAP coupons for this site are available on a first come, first served basis.  To obtain DMAP coupons for this site, you will want to go to any license-issuing agent to purchase a DMAP harvest permit or you can purchase your license and DMAP coupon on the Pennsylvania’s Game Commission website. You will need to know the DMAP unit number for this site which is DMAP ID #1595 - WMU 3B, 3D

Directions:
The Eales Preserve at Moosic Mountain is located along Route 247, just south of Jessup Borough in Lackawanna County.  From Interstate 81, take Exit #187 for Carbondale/Route 6. Once on Route 6, go just over four miles. Take Exit #3 for Jessup, and travel south on Moosic Lake Road/Route 247 for about two miles. The entrance to the main parking area will be on your left.

Download a map of Eales Preserve at Moosic Mountain. (pdf, 1.1MB)

Elk Timberlands: Wolf Lick and Kersey Run Tracts

Through a unique partnership between The Nature Conservancy and Elk Timberlands LLC., both Wolf Lick and Kersey Run tracts (formerly Kaul and Hall Oil & Gas Company Land) are open for public hunting through cooperation with the Pennsylvania Game Commission. For more information, please contact Mike Eckley at meckley@tnc.org or (570) 220-6097. 

Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP)

Both properties are individually enrolled in the Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP). The DMAP is operated by the Pennsylvania Game Commission to promote forest regeneration by targeting the most vulnerable and severely impacted forested properties for additional antlerless deer harvests. DMAP coupons for these sites are available on a first come, first served basis. To obtain DMAP coupons, you will want to go to any license-issuing agent to purchase a DMAP harvest permit or you can purchase your license and DMAP coupon on the Pennsylvania’s Game Commission website at https://www1.pa.wildlifelicense.com. You will need to know the DMAP unit identification number for the property of interest: Kersey Run DMAP ID #1747 - WMU 2G and Wolf Lick DMAP ID #1748 – WMU 2G.


Directions:
Kersey Run and Wolf Lick tracts are located in Fox and Jay Townships (Elk County) a few miles south of St. Mary’s off of State Route 255. Parking for Wolf Lick is along the east side of SR 255. There is no defined parking area yet for Kersey Run along the outskirts of Byrnedale.

Download a map of the Wolf Lick Tract (pdf, 434 KB)
Download a map of the Kersey Run Tract (pdf, 440 KB)

Fern Ridge Bog Preserve 

The Fern Ridge Bog Preserve (1,300 acres) is open for public hunting through cooperation with the Pennsylvania Game Commission, Tunkhannock Township and Wildlands Conservancy. For more information, please call our office at (866) 298-1267 or (717) 232-6001.

Directions:
The Fern Ridge Bog Preserve is located between Interstate 80 and Route 115 in Tunkhannock Township (Monroe County). Foot access to this preserve is off of Route 115 just north of Route 903. Please stay off private property along the stream.

Download a map of Fern Ridge Bog Preserve. (pdf, 880KB)

 

Forest Pools Preserve at Kings Gap

The Forest Pools Preserve at Kings Gap (70 acres) is open for archery hunting only by special permission. To obtain permission to hunt this property and/or for more information, please call our office at (866) 298-1267 or (717) 232-6001.

Directions:
The Forest Pools Preserve at Kings Gap is located off of Kings Gap Road, adjacent to Kings Gap State Park, in Dickinson Township, PA (Cumberland County). While hunting this property, you must stay north of the driveway at the southern end of the property to abide by safety zone regulations.

Download a map of Forest Pools Preserve at Kings Gap(pdf, 244KB)

 

Great Marsh Preserve 

Great Marsh (700 acres) is located along Route 401 in East Nantmeal Township (Chester County). Hunting on this property is managed by the Great Marsh Stewardship Committee. For information on hunting this site and/or to be placed on the waiting list, please contact Norm Gearhart at normgearhart@clearchannel.com.

Download a map of Great Marsh Preserve. (pdf, 1MB)

 

Hartman Cave Preserve

Hartman Cave (32 acres) is open for hunting by special permission only. You will also need to obtain permission from adjacent landowner(s) to access this property. To obtain permission to hunt this property and/or for more information, please call our office at (866) 298-1267 or (717) 232-6001.

Directions:
The Hartman Cave property is located in between Glen Brook and Cherry Valley Roads in Stroud Township, PA (Monroe County).

Download a map of Hartman Cave. (pdf, 295KB)

 

Long Pond Preserve

Long Pond (1,450 acres) is open for public hunting through cooperation with the Pennsylvania Game Commission. For more information, please call our office at (866) 298-1267 or (717) 232-6001.


Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP)
This property is also enrolled in the Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP). DMAP is operated by the Pennsylvania Game Commission to promote forest regeneration by targeting the most vulnerable and severely impacted tracts for additional antlerless deer harvests. The DMAP permits for this site are available on a first come, first served basis. To obtain a DMAP permit for this site, you will want to go to any license-issuing agent to purchase a DMAP harvest permit or you can purchase your license and DMAP coupon on the Pennsylvania’s Game Commission website at https://www1.pa.wildlifelicense.com. You will need to know the DMAP unit number for this site which is DMAP ID #1596 - WMU 3D.

Directions:
The Long Pond preserve properties are located on route 115, 3.9 miles south of the intersection of Interstate 80 and route 115 in Tunkhannock Township (Monroe County).

Road Access:
There are two access points located on Route 115.  The first or north access is located 0.8 miles south of the intersection of Route 115 and Long Pond Road.  The second or south access is located 0.8 miles south of the north access, 1.6 miles south of the intersection of Route 115 and Long Pond Road.  The south access is also located 0.2 miles north of the entrance to the Dixon Miller Recreation Area (Delaware State Forest – District #19).  Please, do not park in front of the south access gate.

Download a map of Long Pond Preserve. (pdf, 608KB)

 

Mineola Marsh (116 acres) is open for public hunting through cooperation with the Pennsylvania Game Commission. For more information, please call our office at (866) 298-1267 or (717) 232-6001.

Directions:
The Mineola Marsh Preserve is located along Silver Valley Road, just north of Routes 115/209 in Chestnut Hill Township (Monroe County).  From Interstate 80, take Exit #284 (PA Route 115).  Travel south on Route 115 to Brodheadsville.  Take a left on Route 209 (east).  Follow approximately 1 mile to Silver Valley Road, turn left.  You can park on either side along the dirt pull-offs.

Download a map of Mineola Marsh Preserve. (pdf, 588KB)

 

Minsi Lake (150 acres) is open for public hunting. For more information, please call our office at (866) 298-1267 or (717) 232-6001.

Directions:
The Minsi Lake properties are located along Institute Drive in Bangor, PA (Northampton County). From Philadelphia, Allentown and Points South and West: Follow Route 476 North to the PA turnpike North; Exit on route 22 East; Follow to Route 33 north; Exit at Wind Gap for Route 512 North; Continue on 512 North through Wind Gap, Pen Argyl, Bangor and East Bangor; Turn Left at Light onto Johnsonville Rd; Continue 1/2 mile to 4-way stop ( Johnsonville) Funeral Home on right; Continue straight on what now is Totts Gap Rd. for about 1.5 miles; Turn Left onto Institute Drive. From Stroudsburg, and Points North: Follow Interstate 80 East to exit 310, Delaware Water Gap, route 611 South; Turn Left at 2nd Light onto 611 South; Continue south to Portland, PA bearing Right to stay on 611 South; Travel 1.5 miles and turn Right onto Route 512 South; Travel approximately 2 miles to traffic light; Turn Right at light onto Johnsonville Road; Continue 1/2 mile to 4-way stop (Johnsonville) Funeral Home on right; Continue straight on what now is Totts Gap Rd. for about 1.5 miles; Turn Left onto Institute Drive. Northampton County owns several adjacent properties that are typically open for public hunting. PLEASE respect adjacent private properties.

Download a map of Minsi Lake. (pdf, 288KB)

 

Mt. Bethel Fens Preserve

Mt. Bethel Fens (30 acres) is open for archery hunting only by special permission. To obtain permission to hunt this property and/or for more information, please call our office at (866) 298-1267 or (717) 232-6001.

Directions:
Mt. Bethel Fens is located off Route 611 along Railroad and Jacoby Creek Roads in Mt. Bethel, PA (Northampton County).

Download a map of Mt. Bethel Fens. (pdf, 231KB)

Pine Brook Parcel

The Pine Brook Parcel (1,077 acres) is located in Penn Township, Cumberland County. This property was transferred to the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR). For information about hunting opportunities at this location, please contact Kings Gap State Park at (717) 486-5031 or kingsgap@state.pa.us.

Download a map of the Pine Brook Parcel.  

Thomas Darling Preserve at Two-Mile Run  

The Thomas Darling Preserve at Two-Mile Run (2,000 acres) is open for public hunting through cooperation with the Pennsylvania Game Commission. For more information, please call our office at (866) 298-1267 or (717) 232-6001.

Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP)
This preserve is also enrolled in the Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP). The DMAP is operated by the Pennsylvania Game Commission to promote forest regeneration by targeting the most vulnerable and severely impacted tracts for additional antlerless deer harvests. The DMAP permits for this site are available on a first come, first served basis. To obtain a DMAP permit for this site, you will want to go to any license-issuing agent to purchase a DMAP harvest permit or you can purchase your license and DMAP coupon on the Pennsylvania’s Game Commission website at https://www1.pa.wildlifelicense.com. You will need to know the DMAP unit number for this site which is DMAP ID #1597 - WMU 3D.

Directions:
The Thomas Darling Preserve at Two-Mile Run is located off of Routes 940 and 115 in Tobyhanna Township (Monroe County), just north of Blakeslee.  From Interstate 80, take Exit #284 (PA Route 115).  Travel north on Route 115 past Blakeslee corners.  One option is to turn right on Burger Road and follow until the pavement turns to dirt and park in the lot on the right.  Another option is to continue on Route 115 to Caughbaugh Road, (dirt road right before Lehigh River) and turn right.  Follow past quarry, until you see a house on the left and park in the small parking lot on the right.  You can also access the preserve off of Locust Ridge Road.  Follow past quarry and turn left onto Caughbaugh Road.  Follow to small parking lot on left across the street from house.

Download a map of Thomas Darling Preserve at Two-Mile Run. (pdf, 984KB)

 

West Branch Research and Demonstration Forest Preserve  

West Branch Forest (3,000 acres) is open for public hunting through cooperation with the Pennsylvania Game Commission. For more information, please contact Mike Eckley, Outreach Forester, at meckley@tnc.org or (570) 220-6097.

Please take a moment to visit the West Branch Hunting Weblog at www.huntwestbranch.blogspot.com to view updated information on hunting happenings at the West Branch Research and Demonstration Forest and we encourage you to post your own comments too.

This property is also enrolled in the Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP). DMAP is operated by the Pennsylvania Game Commission to promote forest regeneration by targeting the most vulnerable and severely impacted tracts for additional antlerless deer harvests. The DMAP coupons for this site are available on a first-come, first-served basis. To obtain DMAP coupons for this site for the 2010 season, please contact Mike Eckley, Outreach Forester, at meckley@tnc.org or (570) 220-6097.

Directions:
West Branch Forest is located along Ritchie/Sugar Camp Road in Grugan and Gallagher Townships (Clinton County). Take Interstate 80 to Lock Haven Exit/Route 220. Take Route 220 North. Exit at Pine Creek/Route 44 North. Turn left off the exit ramp onto Route 44 North. Go approx. 10 miles, to the town of Waterville. Continue on 44 North another 7 miles to the junction of 664 & 44. Continue on 44 North past the Fin, Fur & Feather on the right. Go another 4 miles. You will pass under power lines, and a sub-station will be off to the left. Take your next left on Hyner Mountain Road towards Hyner View State Park. This road may not be marked with a road sign, but is across from Merrill Rd. Go one mile, and turn left on Ritchie Road (dirt road) just before the steep grade sign - you will see a sign and parking area for the "Hiding Bear Ski Trail." Go 2.2 miles to a fork in the road which goes right and straight. There will be a metal building on the right. Continue straight. Go .5 mile, until you pass the pipeline corridor. Go another 1.5 miles onto our property (look for the yellow signs), to the Information Kiosk on the right. Parking is available at the gate by the kiosk as well as along Ritchie and then Sugar Camp Road.

Download a map of West Branch Research and Demonstration Forest. (pdf, 1.9MB)

 

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