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Pennsylvania/New York: Fall Trout and Grouse

Outdoor Life Online Editor

Where the premier blue-ribbon trout waters of the Delaware River and its West Branch form the boundary between New York and Pennsylvania, autumn sportsmen can find superb fishing for trout and first-rate hunting for ruffed grouse in both states.

The shared boundary of the Delaware River and the West Branch allows anglers with a fishing license from either state to fish, with a no-kill regulation in effect from October 1 to the first Saturday after April 11. On the West Branch, only artificials may be used during that 51/2-month stretch.

Ruffed grouse season in Pennsylvania runs from mid-October to late November and is open again from late December through late January. In this section of New York, ruffed grouse season typically runs from October 1 until February 28. Check abstracts for specific dates. And in both states, there are plenty of adjacent public lands on which to find ideal grouse cover.

In New York, look to Bear Spring Mountain Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Walton (7,141 acres) and Bashakill WMA in Mamakatin (2,175 acres). In Pennsylvania, State Game Land (SGL) 159 in Rileyville (9,368 acres), SGL 300 in Carbondale (5,506 acres) and SGL 70 in Stevens Point (6,363 acres) all contain good grouse cover and plenty of room to roam.

A Pennsylvania nonresident seven-day small-game hunting license costs $31; a general nonresident hunting license is $101. Pennsylvania offers three-day, seven-day and full-season nonresident fishing licenses for $15, $30 and $35 respectively. A $5.50 salmon/trout stamp is also required.

A New York nonresident small-game hunting license costs $50. A nonresident, five-day fishing license costs $20, while a full-season nonresident fishing license costs $35. A nonresident combination license that includes all hunting and fishing privileges for the season costs $225.