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17 Pa. Code § 21.120. Ground blinds and tree stands.

§ 21.120. Ground blinds and tree stands.

 (a)  Ground blinds and tree stands may be placed, used and occupied subject to the following requirements:

   (1)  They must be portable.

   (2)  Their placement, use or occupation may not cause damage to a tree.

   (3)  They may not be left overnight except as follows:

     (i)   They may be left for any length of time within the period beginning 2 weeks prior to the first deer season and ending 2 weeks after the close of the last deer season.

     (ii)   Ground blinds may be left for any length of time during the spring turkey season and the water fowl season.

     (iii)   They may be left overnight outside of the periods in subparagraphs (i) and (ii) with written permission of the Department.

   (4)  Ground blinds must be constructed in accordance with the requirements for turkey blinds under the Game and Wildlife Code.

 (b)  Ground blinds or tree stands that do not comply with this section and accompanying personal property may be removed, stored or disposed of by the Department.

 (c)  This section applies to State forest land other than picnic areas.


   The provisions of this §  21.120 issued under sections 302, 313 and 502 of the Conservation and Natural Resources Act (71 P. S. § §  1340.302, 1340.313 and 1340.502); and the Crimes Code, 18 Pa.C.S. § §  7505 and 7506.


   The provisions of this §  21.120 adopted September 4, 2015, effective September 5, 2015, 45 Pa.B. 5493.

Cross References

   This section cited in 17 Pa. Code §  21.105 (relating to property left in a State forest); 17 Pa. Code §  21.115 (relating to natural resources); 17 Pa. Code §  21.122 (relating to other prohibitions); and 17 Pa. Code §  21.123 (relating to violation of rules regarding conduct in State forests).

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