Hunt the backwoods. backroads. backwaters of Clearfield County!! As the cold breeze starts to settle in, the backwoods begins to come alive and it’s time to start thinking about searching for that ideal place to track your trophy, the backwoods of Clearfield County has just what you are looking for! Take advantage of big game, small game and predators of trophy size right here in Pennsylvania.
Clearfield County is regularly in the top ten counties in the state for whitetail deer, bear and turkey harvests. While whitetail populations have been down across all of central Pennsylvania for the last few years, Clearfield County is now coming back strong, and the quality of our whitetail bucks is far better than it has ever been. Chances of harvesting a buck worthy of mounting are easily tenfold over just five years ago.
For you avid bear hunters, our bear population in Clearfield County is at a record high. Every year some of the largest bears in the harvests come from Clearfield County. Pennsylvania has adapted the laws for bear hunting making it easier for out of area hunters to enjoy quality hunting time.
Of course we can’t forget all of you turkey hunters....Clearfield County is the place to be. There’s turkey everywhere!! The populations are at record levels and success rates are high. Clearfield County offers both fall and spring gobbler seasons.
There are thousands of vast acres of State Forest Lands and thousands of acres of private land in Clearfield County. Please ask permission before entering someone’s private property. After the first few days of season opening, you can find solitude in this beautiful vast mountainous area. When you get back away from the great network of state forest roads, you might hunt all day and not see another hunter. You can also contact Black Hills, LLC and inquire about a lease to hunt the more than 13,000 acres of thicket, grapevines and Mountain Laurel. Also be sure to look into our newest attraction, Fork Ridge Ranch LLC located in Frenchville. Enjoy this outdoor adventure ranch hunting for wild boar, white tail deer, upland game bird and exotics. Book your stay at the three story, 2,100 square foot log lodge with hot tub. Lodge is available for nightly and weekly rentals.
Become a part of one of the world’s largest coyote hunts. This event brings in sportsmen from many states and has had as many as 5,000 participants. The Mosquito Creek Sportsmen’s Club holds this lucrative coyote hunt for three days each February. The top cash prize is over $5,000 for the heaviest coyote harvested. The club initiated this hunt in the mid 1980’s in an effort to help local sheep ranchers protect their herds from further devastation by these keen predators. Several other clubs hold events this same time of year, and with all the coyotes in Clearfield County you could be a BIG winner.
One of Clearfield County’s newest wildlife additions is the presence of the Rocky Mountain Elk. Pennsylvania’s Elk heard is expanding into northern Clearfield County. You can usually find these majestic creatures late in the evenings near the towns of Shawville, Frenchville, Karthaus and in the Quehanna Wild Area.Elk may be hunted only in designated Elk Hunt Zones. Season will be October 31-November 5, 2016 and extended elk hunting November 7-12, 2016. An Elk Hunting License is required with a limit of one elk per license year. A successful hunter must tag the elk immediately after harvest and mark the kill site before the carcass is moved. In addition, within 24 hours, each hunter who harvests an elk must take it, along with his or her general hunting license and elk license, to the official Game Commission check station at the agency's Maintenance Building inQuehanna in Clearfield County.
For your convenience, in less than two minutes from several nationally recognized hotels, you can be in the woods hunting. Many of these hotels are located just off I-80, at exit 120-Clearfield and exit 97-DuBois. Yes it’s that easy!! Parker Dam and Elliot State Parksare located just off I-80 at exit 111-Penfield. If your planning on hunting in the PA Wilds you will want to stay at the Quehanna Motor Lodge located in Karthaus. Some hotels offer hunting specials but be sure to plan ahead of time because the best accommodations book quickly.
If you have any questions about where to go hunting or need to gear up for a hunt, Clearfield has three of the best sporting goods stores you’ll find anywhere! Find everything you will need to complete your one-of-a-kind hunting experience. For information on hunting license, limit and seasons please visit the Pennsylvania Game Commission.
Come hunt with us, and enjoy all the diversity and opportunity Clearfield County has to offer.