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​​Hunting in Pinchot State Forest

Hunting and trapping are two uses of the Pinchot State Forest that attract many visitors each year.​

Deer, turkey, grouse, squirrels, and rabbits are plentiful and there are occasional black bear sightings.

Snowshoe hare populations are present in some areas of the Pinchot State Forest as well.

Various species of ducks also have been noted to occur where streams, beaver dams, and other wetlands occur.

Common fur bearers seen or identified by scat and tracks in​clude:

  • Coyote
  • Raccoon
  • Weasel
  • Mink
  • Bobcat
  • Skunk
  • Beaver
  • Muskrat
  • Opossum

The complex diversity and overall positive health of forest habitats found on the Pinchot State Forest ensures that many of these species will be sustained in stable populations for the hunting and trapping public to enjoy.

Please follow all rules and regulations for hunting and trapping set forth by the Pennsylvania Game Commission.

Use extreme caution with firearms at all times. Othe​r visitors use the forest during hunting seasons.

Areas Closed to Hunting In Pinchot State Forest

The following areas within Pinchot State Forest are closed to hunting:

  • Moon Lake Recreation Area (furtaking/trapping is permitted at Moon Lake)
  • Seven Tubs Recreation Area
  • Manny Gordon Recreation Area

​All other areas of the state forest are open to hunting, unless otherwise posted.