PGC/Landowner Programs

last updated 2/2002

The agency runs three cooperative public access programs that open through agreements about 4.5 million acres of private property to public hunting and trapping. The Farm Game, Forest Game and Safety Zone programs provide people outstanding hunting and trapping opportunities. Landowners participating in these programs receive pheasant stockings, Pennsylvania Game News subscriptions and habitat improvements. Other programs benefiting landowners offered by the Game Commission, or in which the agency participates, include the Streambank Fencing Program, where the agency provides labor, equipment and materials to fence livestock out of streams and ultimately improve water quality and streamside habitat; and Partners For Wildlife, which provides manpower and equipment to restore and build wetlands.


Cooperative Farm-Game Project (Implemented in 1936)
1) Public Hunting. Land "shall remain open to hunting by the public".
2) Right of Entry. PGC "may...develop and improve game food and habitat conditions" on property.
3) Protection. PGC "shall furnish protection" to property.
4) Food & Cover Seedlings. PGC "may furnish food and cover seedlings beneficial to wildlife".
5) Woodland Border & Hedgerow Cuttings. PGC "may cut woodland borders and hedgerows to enhance food and cover for wildlife".
6) Game News. PGC "agrees to supply...subscription to (PGN)".
7) Access. Landowner "may limit the number of users on the farm at any time or period...Access may be denied on an individual basis..."


Cooperative Forest-Game Project


Cooperative Safety Zone Program
1) Public Hunting. Land "shall remain open to hunting by the public".
2) Right of Entry. PGC "may...develop and improve game food and habitat conditions" on property.
3) Safety Zones. PGC "shall...provide signs...to mark...safety zones" on property.
4) Protection. PGC "shall furnish protection" to property.
5) Food & Cover Seedlings. PGC "may furnish food and cover seedlings beneficial to wildlife".
6) Game News. PGC "agrees to supply...subscription to (PGN)".
7) Access. Landowner "may limit the number of users on the farm at any time or period...Access may be denied on an individual basis..."


Deer Damage Areas (Green Tag Farms) (Program occured during the years 1989-2000)
Green signs were posted alerting sportsmen of areas where doe could be shot during the regular 2-week rifle buck season.


Deer Depredation Permit Program (Red Tag Farms) (Implemented in 1999)

The red tag program provides farmers experiencing deer damage problems who are enrolled in the Game Commission's public access program with the ability to obtain one depredation permit (red tag) for every five acres of tillable land they own. Farmers are authorized to give the tags to licensed hunters who may use them to harvest antlerless deer on the farm from February until September, with a brief closed period in June and July. If interested in this program, you can contact Pennsylvania Farm Bureau's Director of Local Government Program, Mike Pechart for an application form at:

PA Farm Bureau
P.O. Box 8736,
Camp Hill, PA 17001-8736,
telephone (717) 761-2740, or e-mail mlpechart@pfb.com

You can also contact your regional Game Commission headquarters.

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PGC Informational Guide for Hunters

Summary:
1) Must be 18 and have PA resident hunting license.
2) 250 in² of orange.
3) Hunter is allowed 1 deer on each farm.
4) Tag stays on deer.
5) Report kill to landowner.
6) Can be donated to food bank.
7) Unused tags returned to landowner on Sept. 30
8) Antlerless only (includes button buck and buck with shed antlers or less than 3")
9) Landowner can limit choice of weapon (bow, muzzleloader, rifle, shotgun, pistol, or disabled w/crossbow)
10) 2002 Season (daytime only, no Sundays)
Feb 1 to May 16, and July 31 to Sept 30 — For general crop farming, nurseries, orchards
Feb 1 to May 16, and June 30 to Sept 30 — For vegetable farming
11) Cost is FREE