Due to the risks associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, please use appropriate precautions when traveling in the PA Wilds and refer to the PA Department of Health for updates.


January 30, 2021

HuntFishPA: New mobile-friendly licensing platform for PA outdoor rec enthusiasts

The Pennsylvania Game Commission and Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission have launched HuntFishPA, the new user-friendly licensing platform for hunters, anglers, and boaters. Visitors to the new HuntFishPA website will discover convenient features like personalized dashboards, autorenewal for fishing licenses, and the ability to report game and furbearer harvests as required.

December 17, 2020

Understanding Vegetation Features to Hunt Mountain Bucks

Beau Martonik looks at different types of vegetation in this second piece on planning a successful hunt in the PA Wilds.

November 5, 2020

Understanding terrain features to hunt mountain bucks

Understanding terrain features when hunting can greatly improve your chances of having deer encounters in the Pennsylvania Wilds.

September 28, 2020

Additional State Forest Roads Opening Throughout The State For Hunting Seasons, Other Outdoor Activities

Hunters and other outdoors enthusiasts heading into Pennsylvania’s state-owned woodlands this autumn will find additional roads open in 18 of the 20 state forest districts, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) announced.

May 1, 2020

Will COVID-19 Affect Hunting Season?

Outdoorsman Beau Martonik notes that while the Pennsylvania Game Commission has indicated it will not be cancelling hunting seasons amid COVID-19, including the Spring Gobbler season, it doesn’t mean we should operate as “normal."

February 26, 2020

Shed Hunting for Mountain Bucks

Throughout the winter, whitetail bucks will shed their antlers. From late February through April, looking for shed antlers is something that outdoorsman Beau Martonik looks forward to every year.

December 2, 2019

Essential Gear for Backpack Hunting in the Wilds

To really get away from the hustle of everyday life, Beau Martonik enjoys going on weekend-to-weeklong backpack hunting trips. Here are some tips.

October 20, 2019

3 big changes to hunting regulations to benefit hunters this fall

Beau Martonik, a seasoned hunter and outdoorsman, offers his take on recent changes to hunting regulations and how he believes they will benefit hunters.

July 14, 2019

Explore public lands during ‘Parks and Recreation Month’

July is Parks and Recreation Month across the nation. It’s the perfect time to celebrate and explore our public lands and take in the beauty of nature around us. In this rural region, over 2.1 million acres of public lands are protected and set aside for citizens and visitors to enjoy. The Pennsylvania Wilds boasts 29 state parks, eight state forests, and is home to the Commonwealth’s only national forest: the Allegheny National Forest.

April 15, 2019

Big Woods Turkey Hunting in the PA Wilds

Turkeys live in some amazing places throughout the country, but it’s tough to beat the experience of hunting them in the big woods and steep mountainous terrain that the Pennsylvania Wilds has to offer. We have over two million acres of public lands available to roam and create whatever type of adventure that you can dream of. Turkey hunting in big timber can be extremely difficult at times, but very rewarding to say the least.