To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the State Game Lands System, the Game Commission is sponsoring a season-based  State Game Lands Photo Contest. The deadline for entries for the Spring contest is June 30.

Each season, photos can be submitted via email to: with the subject line, “State Game Lands Photo Contest.” The photos don’t have to be from this year, but they do have to have been taken during spring.

Pennsylvania has more than 300 diverse state game lands encompassing more than 1.5 million acres of the state.

At this time, we encourage everyone recreating outdoors to follow all social distancing and safety precautions set forth by the Department of Health. Be safe and stay healthy!

The Game Commission manages game lands for wildlife, and if you purchased a Pennsylvania hunting license, you have helped to support wildlife conservation efforts within our state.

Click Here for all the details and for more information on State Game Lands.

NATURE NUGGET:  The very first state game lands is located in Elk County and there is a state historical marker that makes note of this important conservation measure.  Here is more information on this marker that is worth the drive to visit while en route to the Elk Country Visitors Center:

Dedicated: Friday, October 20, 1950
County: Elk
Marker Type: Roadside
Categories: Environment, Government & Politics 20th Century

GPS Coordinates: LNG: -78.60728, LAT: 41.5345

Location: Glen Hazel/Flower Valley Rd. (SR 1001) S of Bendigo Rd., SE of Glen Hazel

Marker Text: A tract of 6288 acres lying north and east of here was the first purchase of State Game Lands by the Pennsylvania Game Commission. The purchase was made in 1920 with funds obtained from hunting license fees.