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    Default French Creek Game Lands

    I just realized I moved relatively close to the French Creek Game Lands. Someone told me they've shot pistols there before but the site only lists rifle distance ranges. Can you shoot pistols on their 25 yard side or is that frowned upon?

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    Default Re: French Creek Game Lands

    not too sure about the pistolas,
    but you'll need a range pass or a hunting license to do so.
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    And be sure to abide by the six round limit for pistols. Be SURE to read all of the posted range rules. Many of the ranges are listed WITHOUT designated pistol firing positions.

    https://www.pgc.pa.gov/HuntTrap/Stat...s/default.aspx

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    Default Re: French Creek Game Lands

    Based on my opinion on what the rules say, it should be ok.

    You definitely can't shoot a rifle and a handgun range. And you can only have 6 rounds loaded



    This subchapter cited in 58 Pa. Code 135.41 (relating to State Game Lands).

    135.181. Rifle and handgun ranges.
    (a) General provisions. In addition to 135.2 (relating to unlawful actions) and except as provided in 135.182 (relating to ranges, State Game Lands No. 176), the following pertain to lands under Commission ownership, lease or jurisdiction designated as rifle or handgun ranges:

    (1) Rifle and handgun ranges are open from 8 a.m., prevailing time, until sunset Monday through Saturday and from 12 noon to sunset Sunday, unless otherwise posted; except the Sunday immediately preceding and any Sunday throughout the duration of the regular firearms deer seasons and the regular firearms bear seasons, when the hours are 8 a.m. to sunset.

    (2) A range may be reserved for exclusive use by an organized group from January 1 through October 1. Applications for a range reservation shall be made through the appropriate regional director or a designee at least 20 days in advance.

    (3) An individual may not use the range during any period reserved by an organized group.

    (4) An individual or an organized group using the range is responsible for keeping the area clean and free of debris, and may not discard, deposit, leave or throw litter except in approved refuse containers. Range users shall remove targets from range backboards when shooting is completed and prior to leaving the range.

    (5) The Commission is not responsible for anyone injured on the range. An individual using Commission- owned ranges does so at his own risk and assumes all responsibility for injuries to a person or property caused by or to him.

    (6) When more than one person is using the range, a range officer shall be designated.

    (7) An individual under 16 years of age may not use the range unless accompanied by a person 18 years of age or older.

    (8) The appropriate regional director or designee may close a range by posting signs to that effect. An individual or organized group may not use the range during a period when it is posted as closed.

    (b) Prohibited acts. At a rifle and handgun range located on land under Commission ownership, lease or jurisdiction, except when authorized by the appropriate regional director or a designee, it is unlawful to:

    (1) Discharge a firearm from any location on the range other than an established shooting station on the firing line.

    (2) Discharge a firearm at any target other than a paper target placed on a permanent target backboard mounted by the Commission. Users are prohibited from intentionally shooting at or damaging the frames or stands constructed by the Commission to mount permanent target backboards.

    (3) Discharge armor piercing, incendiary, explosive, tracer or multiple projectile ammunition.

    (4) Be intoxicated, use or possess an intoxicating beverage or controlled substance on the range.

    (5) Discharge an automatic firearm.

    (6) Load or discharge a firearm that contains more than six rounds of single projectile ammunition.

    (7) Shoot clay birds anywhere except areas designated by the Director by signs stating that clay bird shooting is permitted.

    (8) Load or discharge a firearm or use a range facility for any reason without possessing a valid Pennsylvania hunting or furtaker license or a Commission-issued range permit signed by its holder. This prohibition does not apply to persons 15 years of age or younger or up to one person accompanying another person in possession of a valid Pennsylvania hunting or furtaker license or a Commission-issued range permit.

    (9) Operate, manipulate or discharge a firearm in negligent disregard for the safety of other persons present at or nearby the range. This is specifically intended to include loading a firearm, operating or manipulating a loaded firearm, or discharging a firearm anywhere on the firing range while another person is downrange.

    (10) Use a Commission range in violation of any other requirement of this section or posted signage.

    (c) Range designation. The default designation for Commission ranges, regardless of length or size, is as a rifle range. The Commission may designate any range as a handgun only range by posting appropriate signage.



    Now that's not to say you might not get a a game warden being a jerk and trying to say you can't. I'd say you have a pretty good argument, if you want to have that fight. But no where in the rules does it say you can't fire a handgun at the rifle range. It does ay the default is rifle range, but it doesn't say rifle only, which clearly id a designation they make for pistol.

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    Default Re: French Creek Game Lands

    Weekends are very busy and you can't start until noon on Sundays. I usually go mid-week and early. Never had a problem shooting a handgun on the 25 yard area since they were added back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Iron Sights View Post
    Weekends are very busy and you can't start until noon on Sundays. I usually go mid-week and early. Never had a problem shooting a handgun on the 25 yard area since they were added back.
    So, they put the pistol backers back in, eh? I haven't been there for years but the last time I was there, they were gone. And the shotgun range looked like it was closed as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ar15jules View Post
    And be sure to abide by the six round limit for pistols. Be SURE to read all of the posted range rules. Many of the ranges are listed WITHOUT designated pistol firing positions.

    https://www.pgc.pa.gov/HuntTrap/Stat...s/default.aspx
    I thought it was 3 and revolver guys get busted all the time.

    Edit I just read the post up there^^^
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    Quote Originally Posted by Walleye Hunter View Post
    So, they put the pistol backers back in, eh? I haven't been there for years but the last time I was there, they were gone. And the shotgun range looked like it was closed as well.
    Yes the 25 yard backers are back again. PGC even put angled steel in front of the wood to protect it.
    The shotgun area is closed and overgrown.

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