Special Needs Hunting Access Program
objective of the program is to provide those persons with mobility
impairment the opportunity to have hunting access to
areas that are normally closed to motor vehicles.
Any disabled persons who wish to
obtain a pass and key to gain access to Corps of Engineers property
must first obtain a Disabled Hunting Permit from the Pennsylvania
Game Commission. The
Pennsylvania Game Commission has developed a list of requirements
and criteria a person must meet to obtain a permanent or temporary
disabled persons permit. When
completed, this form can be forwarded to the local Wildlife Conservation
Officer or sent to the Game Commission South Central Regional Office
located in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania. The
Game Commission will review the application and approve or deny
Once a disabled hunting permit
is obtained, interested persons must bring their permit, their
PA hunting license, driver’s license and vehicle information to
the Ranger Office for further processing of a Corps Hunting Access
Pass under the following procedures.
a Disabled Hunting Permit from the PA Game Commission.
for a Corps of Engineers Hunting Access Pass. The pass may
be obtained during business hours Monday - Friday at the Raystown
Lake Visitors Center or the Ranger Office on or after September
1. Keys will
be issued after permit is obtained.
all applicable hunting license information for desired hunting
seasons (archery stamp, muzzleloader stamp, antlerless deer
of a pass acknowledges the pass holder’s agreement to abide
with all terms of the pass as
set forth in these guidelines.
a security deposit for a gate key ($50.00 cash - returnable
deposit required) allowing the pass holder
access to gated areas.
Rules and Restrictions
Raystown Lake pass allows the pass holder
and one other person
ingress and egress to areas not normally open for vehicular
special access is not to be used to transport game for other
will result in automatic and immediate termination of the permit
for whatever period of time deemed necessary by the Raystown
for Corps Hunting Access Passes will not be accepted until September
1. However, encouraged hunters are to apply for their PA Game
Commission disabled hunting permit early. The Corps Permit will
not be processed without proof of the PA Game Commission disabled
A key providing access through selected gates shall be issued
to the pass holder each year after September
1 and returned to the office where the pass was obtained
no later than February
15. Keys will not be issued for use during the scheduled
spring gobbler season. Failure to return the key by
February 15 will result in revocation of the pass and loss
of the $50.00 key deposit. This key may not be duplicated. If
lost, report the loss immediately to the Manager, Raystown Lake.
The Corps Access Pass is for
access on Corps of Engineers, Raystown Lake property only and
not valid at any other Corps of Engineers facility. The Disable
Hunter Permit obtained from the PA. Game Commission is applicable
statewide. All Pennsylvania Game Commission rules and regulations
must be followed.
are NOT permitted
to travel “off road” or traverse secondary roads, which may
radiate from the primary road.
issued in conjunction with this pass are to be used only for
the purpose of valid hunting access and in accordance with all
local, state and federal laws governing hunting. Unauthorized
use of the key may result in termination of pass privileges.
use in association with scouting purposes are restricted to
one calendar week before the opening of the season and in accordance
with State laws regulating scouting.
associated with use of this shall be confined to licensed vehicles,
all terrain vehicles (ATV’s), and snowmobiles as they are listed
on the pass application. Other vehicles must have prior approval
from the Manager, Raystown Lake. ATVs must be licensed by the
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Conservation and
Natural Resources, Bureau of Forestry and display the universal
access symbol for the disabled. Permitted persons may go no
more than 100 yards from the nearest road edge to establish
a hunting location. Speed may not exceed 10 mph. ATV may not
be used to traverse waterways or wet areas.
Needs Passes must be displayed on the driver’s side of the vehicle
dashboard. In the event the pass is used with an ATV or snowmobile,
display the pass in such a manner that it can be read for inspection
by a ranger.
to Government property as a result from use of this pass shall
be immediately reported to the Manager, Raystown Lake. The permittee
shall be responsible for reimbursing the Government for repairs.
shall be understood that these roads are UNIMPROVED and that
the Government assumes no responsibility for continued maintenance
for the purposes of providing ingress and egress under this
policy. The Government will not be responsible for injury to
persons or damage to property out of or incident to the use
and occupancy of the property and the Corps shall be indemnified
and saved harmless for any and all claims for any such injury
Access is only permitted
at those gates which display the
Raystown Lake Special Needs Hunting Access signs. These include
gates 1, 5, 7, 8, 13, 27a, 27b, 28, 35, 36. Access to all other
areas is prohibited!
Any violation of the
terms of this pass may result in immediate revocation of your
pass, loss of key deposit and/or issuance of a citation under
section 327.12a of Title 36 Chapter III of the Code of Federal
Information on special
needs hunting passes may be obtained by contacting Wildlife Biologist
Jeff Krause at 814-658-6813.