Large Tract Won’t Become State Gamelands

Purchase was approved in January, but a final agreement wasn’t reached.

The Pennsylvania Game Commission has announced a nearly 13,000-acre tract that had received board approval to be added to State Gamelands 25 in Elk County will not be acquired.

The Game Commission had arranged to purchase the tract from The Conservation Fund; however, The Conservation Fund and the current landowner were unable to reach final-deal terms.

Given that the Board of Game Commissioners’ January approval of the purchase was announced in a news release, and subsequently reported by other media outlets, the Game Commission wishes to pass along to hunters that the tract remains privately-owned.

Fall hunting activity statewide will be ramping up in the coming weeks following the Oct. 4 opener to the statewide archery deer season.

The 12,911-acre property the commission had planned to purchase is located within Jones Township, Elk County. It is bisected by U.S. Route 219.

The Game Commission’s approved purchase price for the property was nearly $12.2 million, much of which was expected to be generated by timber-harvest revenue.

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