Hunting and Firearms
The combination of habitats at French Creek offers a variety of hunting opportunities. More than 6,000 acres of the park are open to hunting, trapping, and the training of dogs during established seasons. Common game species are:
This activity or structure is ADA accessible. Contact the park office for ADA accessible hunting information.
Hunting woodchucks, also known as groundhogs, is prohibited. Dog training is only permitted from the day following Labor Day through March 31 in designated hunting areas. DCNR and Pennsylvania Game Commission rules and regulations apply.
Use extreme caution with firearms at all times. Other visitors use the park during hunting seasons. Firearms and archery equipment used for hunting may be uncased and ready for use only in authorized hunting areas during hunting seasons.
In areas not open to hunting or during non-hunting seasons, firearms and archery equipment shall be kept in the owner’s vehicle or enclosed trailer. Exceptions include:
Approximately three miles southeast of the park is State Game Land 43, administered by the Pennsylvania Game Commission. These game lands consist of more than 1,800 acres of land and add considerably to the public land available to the hunters of the area. A public firing range is located at the end of Laurel Road.
Hunting is prohibited in Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site.
Complete information abouy hunting rules and regulations in Pennsylvania is available from the Pennsylvania Game Commission.