Game Commission rule changes give disabled hunters more access

John A. Pavoncello
York Dispatch


Amendments to Pennsylvania Game Commission rules on motorized vehicles on state game lands will give disabled hunters more access. 

During the September meeting of the Game Commission, the board voted to amend rules that limited vehicle access to state game lands.

Among other things, these amendments will permit the use of wheelchairs anywhere people may lawfully walk, provide for the use of mobility devices and motor vehicles on suitable designated routes on state game lands and define the parameters of acceptable use of mobility devices on game lands to avoid or minimize damage to resources or conflicts with other lawful users of the game-lands system.

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The new rules will allow hunters who use motorized wheelchairs access to any place that other hunters can walk. They also create a Disabled Person Access Permit to let eligible persons use ATVs, snowmobiles and other motorized devices other than wheelchairs to access state game lands. There is no fee for the permit.