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Hunting in Elk State Forest

Hunting for deer, turkey, grouse, black bear and other wildlife is a popular use of the forest during designated seasons.

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 Elk 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.

To learn more about chronic wasting disease in state forests, please download the Chronic Wasting Disease in State Forests fact sheet (PDF).

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 DMAOpens In A New Window.