DCNR: Changes to Kings Gap hunting areas

Changes to the hunting areas at Cumberland County’s 2,600-acre Kings Gap State Park this year balances opportunities for hikers and hunters, according to the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR).

A public meeting Sept. 16 gives the public a chance to learn more about those changes.

Kings Gap is a popular destination for both hikers and hunters.

Changes to the commonwealth’s hunting season over the past few years have caused confusion for many of the center’s users. DCNR hopes current changes at Kings Gap helps both hunters, hikers and other users.

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The 2,600-acre Kings Gap State Park in Cumberland County.

This season, 2,406 of the park’s 2,600 acres will be open to all hunting

DCNR is now limiting the 138-acre Pine Plantation and Forest Pools areas to deer archery hunting only. This provides more hiking opportunities during the hunting seasons. The center’s 56-acre Mansion Area is closed to all hunting.

This furthers DCNR’s goal to balance the biodiversity needs of the center with the recreational needs of its users.

The center will hold a public meeting in the Education Building at Kings Gap on Thursday, Sept. 16 at 7 p.m. It gives the public an opportunity to ask questions of center and Bureau resource management staff on the hunting changes; and view the revised center maps showing the new hunting boundaries.

Find more information about Kings Gap and Pennsylvania’s 121 state parks on the DCNR website.

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