ANF opens more than 100 roads for hunting seasons
The Allegheny National Forest is opening up for hunting season.
According to a Friday release from Public Affairs Officer Christopher Leeser, there are over 100 roads that have been opened for hunter access from Sept. 25 through Jan. 17.
The start of state-wide archery season is the first chance for deer hunting in Warren County, according to the Pennsylvania Game Commission. That season opens on Oct. 2.
“Traditionally, many of the normally gated roads are opened each fall to allow preseason scouting and legal hunting during Pennsylvania hunt seasons,” Leeser said.
The U.S. Forest Service provides an interactive hunting map to help hunters navigate and plan hunts. That application can be found on the ANF website under the ‘maps and publications’ section at the bottom right of the page, Leeser said. Paper copies are available at Forest offices.
“For your safety, please always drive these narrow, high clearance roads with caution,” he said. “Some open roads may have maintenance or timber sale activity in progress. You may still drive the roads but should proceed with extra caution and expect poor road conditions and trucks or heavy equipment on these roads.”
“Roads may be closed at any time due to weather, unsafe conditions, or to protect resources,” Leeser said. “The Allegheny National Forest Motor Vehicle Use Map contains the current road policy. The status of roads can change at any time. If you have questions, please contact the Bradford Ranger District Office 814-363-6000 or the Marienville Ranger District Office 814-927-5700.”
“Please note that only the main roads and listed spur roads are open,” he said. “Side roads are closed to vehicle traffic.”
Some roads are only open to particular hunters. “Disabled hunter roads are only open for use by hunters possessing a Disabled Persons Permit issued by the Pennsylvania Game Commission,” he said.
“Off-highway vehicle use is not allowed off the designated ATV/OHM trail system at any time,” Leeser said. Non-motorized uses are always allowed on gated roads unless otherwise posted. Clicks.” That link also provides lots of other CWD information.