Hunting deer, turkey, black bear, and most small game is a popular use of the forest during designated seasons. Other than a few safety zones around buildings and picnic areas, hunting is permitted throughout the state forest. A 1,357-acre tract has been designated in the Sideling Hill area for off-road access by disabled hunters.
Chronic Wasting Disease
Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), which is an always fatal disease to deer and elk, has been detected in all, or portions, of the Buchanan State Forest.
Hunters should be aware of special rules and regulations that apply to deer harvested within the Disease Management Area (DMA). It is recommended that those deer be tested for the disease.
More information about CWD can be found on the Pennsylvania Game Commission and the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture websites. In addition, the Pennsylvania Game Commission provides information about deer processors in the DMA.