Please note: this information only pertains to preserves owned by the Township. There are two additional preserves in Franklin Township where hunting is allowed. These preserves are not owned by the Township; however, they too follow the PA Game Commission rules. These preserves are the Peacedale Preserve (owned by Natural Lands Trust) on Peacedale Rd and the Big Elk Preserve (owned by PA DCNR and managed by the White Clay Creek) located on Strickersville Rd.
Key Points on Hunting in Franklin Township Preserves
While hunting is not permitted in Crossan Park, residents should be mindful that hunting will take place in Franklin Preserve, adjacent to the park.
There will be archery and firearm hunting in Franklin Preserve, Banffshire Preserve, and White Clay Crescent Preserve. There will be archery hunting only in the Goodwin Preserve. To find out the location of these preserves, please reference the Franklin Township Open Space Map.
Hunting in Franklin Township-owned preserves follows the PA Game Commission Rules, except for certain hunting boundaries. Franklin Township's rules are more restrictive and are as follows:
- There shall be no hunting within 450 ft of residential playgrounds
- There shall be no hunting within 50 feet of trails and developed property lines
- There shall be no hunting within 450 ft from the edge of any playing fields in Crossan Park.
Hunting hours will follow the PA Game Commission rules, which are one half hour before sunrise to one half hour after sunset.
The FSA will do as they have done in the past and post a calendar on their website letting people know if/where hunters will be.
We want to recommend that it is important to wear bright orange when entering the preserves during hunting season. When people are accompanied by an animal, the animal should have something bright on as well, such as a bandana for a dog or a blaze orange saddle pad for a horse.
The Township has over 100 bright orange plastic vests left over from the roadway cleanup. If you are interested in having one, please stop in or give us a call. They are free while supplies last.
If anyone ever feels they are in danger for any reason in any of the Township Preserves or Crossan Park, always call 911 first and report the incident to the Township second.