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State Game Lands tours on tap in October

Pennsylvania’s State Game Lands are something to behold. Want to see for yourself? Take one of the tours through game lands the Pennsylvania Game Commission is holding throughout the month of October.

The first tours of the season were scheduled this past Sunday, however, more tours are planned each Sunday through Oct. 24.

In all, nine tours are scheduled. The tours provide a good example of the opportunities available on game lands statewide, while showcasing how habitat work taking place on these tracts benefits wildlife.

All tours are free, held rain or shine and open only to vehicles licensed for travel on public roads.

Among those on the schedule are the State Game Lands 252 in Lycoming and Union counties on Sunday, October 17.

The tour will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Game Commission personnel will be at the SGL 252 Habitat Crew Building at 2495 Alvira Road in Allenwood to provide a map of the tour route along with a brochure highlighting the stops on this 9-mile route.

The stops mostly consist of habitat improvements with a few historical sites from the town and U.S. Army Depot that existed there prior to the Game Commission acquiring the property.

The stops include several managed water impoundments, managed dove fields, woodcock management areas, warm season grass and old field management areas and even an opportunity to visit one of the many TNT bunkers from the World War II era.

All-wheel drive vehicles are recommended, as some areas can become muddy in wet weather.

Here’s a look at the rest of the schedule:

• State Game Lands 26 in Bedford County on Sunday, Oct. 10 from noon to 3 p.m.

• State Game Lands 12 in Bradford County on Sunday, Oct. 10 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

• State Game Lands 108 in Cambria County on Sunday, Oct. 17, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

• State Game Lands 110 in Berks County on Sunday, Oct. 17, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

•State Game lands 211 in Dauphin County on Sunday, Oct. 17, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

• State Game Lands 169 in Cumberland County on Sunday, Oct. 24, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

More information on the State Game Land tours can be found at the Pennsylvania Game Commission website.

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