The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Raystown Lake will open access roads from Oct. 16-23 to accommodate the statewide fall antlerless muzzleloading season and the three-day firearms season for junior, senior, disabled and active duty hunters.
The open roads will include:
n The Susquehannock Campground Road (Gate 8 just off Bakers Hollow Road); High Germany Road (Gate 28 Nancy's Camp Service Road); Fink Road (Gate 27 just off John Bum Road); the Miller Farm Road (Gate 35 near Weavers Falls Recreation Area); the Upper Corners Road (Gate 13 near Seven Points); and Hawn Road (Gate 1).
The following roads will open Nov. 13 - Dec. 11 to accommodate the fall turkey season, bear season and the regular deer season:
n Susquehannock Ca-mpground Road (Gate 8 just off Bakers Hollow Road); High Germany Road (Gate 28 Nancy's Camp Service Road); Fink Road (Gate 27 just off John Bum Road); the Miller Farm Road (Gate 35 near Weavers Falls Recreation Area); the Upper Corners Road (Gate 13 near Seven Points); and Hawn Road (Gate 1).
Wildlife biologist Jeff Krause noted that because of the restructuring of the turkey season dates it will now allow hunters the opportunity to use these roads during bear season. Krause also noted that there are several hundred Deer Management Assistance Program permits left for DMAP Area 89.
DMAP permits are issued at any license issuing center and may be used in select areas to harvest additional antlerless deer. Maps and additional information can be found at raystown.nab.usace.army.mil/LandManagement/deer_management.htm.
The Corps may close or choose not to open these gated roads depending on weather, road conditions or special activities such as logging operations taking place.
Other hunters, such as small game or archery hunters, may also use the open roads for vehicle access during this time.
Fall is also a time of year when visitors enjoy the woods including trail hikers, mountain bikers and nature observers. The new 32-mile Allegrippis Trails System will be open, and hunters should expect moderate bike-trail use and plan their hunt accordingly.
There is no off-season maintenance on these roadways; vehicle operators will be traveling at their own risk. All Pennsylvania Game Commission and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers regulations apply. For more information on Raystown Lake natural resources and hunting programs, visit the natural resources stewardship link at raystown.nab.usace.army.mil/ or call 658-3405.