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.


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.

December 4, 2018

Define Adventure – Hunting the Wilds

The Pennsylvania Wilds region of the Appalachian Mountains is home to some of the most remote, beautiful country. Within these densely forested mountains, you can find a wide variety of wildlife that you can hunt during the fall and winter months. Beau Martonik could write for days about all of the opportunities that are available to hunt in Northern Pennsylvania, but here he stuck to the one he's most passionate about: white-tailed deer.

November 12, 2018

Do you know about Chronic Wasting Disease?

Since the first detection of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in the state in 2012, CWD has become a familiar term among hunters. Whether you live (or hunt) in an area where CWD has not yet been found or in the middle of a disease management area, the Pennsylvania Game Commission is striving to better educate the public about this disease. Here are some things all Pennsylvania residents and visiting hunters should know.

October 4, 2018

Bow Ties: Deer archery season opened September 29

Few things are more exciting than the bowhunting season for white-tailed deer, which opened statewide September 29. There are so many reasons to love it—the smell of the air, the autumn colors, the still-warm temperatures, and sights and sounds of wildlife.  Plus, there’s the white-tail rut, which kicks in toward the end of October.

September 27, 2018

Additional State Forest Roads Open for Hunting Seasons, 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. They will stay open through upcoming hunting seasons continuing into January 2019.

August 31, 2018

Lovey Dovey: Dove Season Opener

Sept. 1 marks the beginning of dove season statewide in Pennsylvania. The first segment of the season will run through Nov. 24. It will then re-open on Dec. 18 and run through Jan. 5.  In this article, Ryan Reed, an Environmental Education Specialist for the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Bureau of Forestry, offers insights to the sport of dove hunting.

August 22, 2018

Our Family Cabin in the PA Wilds: Part II

In the second of a series on camp life in the Pennsylvania Wilds, Keystone State native Alex Getty shares details about his strong roots in the small town of Tidioute, where his family spent weekends, summers and holidays for 25 years.