Grouse Come First, Pheasants Next

Upland hunters can mix their bag with just a short drive

Outdoor Life Online Editor

PENNSYLVANIA Bird gunners should head out for Huntingdon County for a good doubleheader. The Jim Bashline wildlife habitat management area in the southwestern corner of the county, by Raystown Lake, consists of more than 900 acres managed for ruffed grouse. Focus on the networks of small clear-cuts and tracts of early successional growth, most of which can be found along the west side of the lake. Other productive areas can be accessed from Route 26 near Hesston. And once pheasant season opens on November 2, hunters can split their time between chasing grouse and pursuing stocked ringnecks in Raystown's area 420, along Route 26 past the Hesston intersection.

Contact: Pennsylvania Game Commission, South-Central Region (814-643-1831).