I know this thread is old, but I had the same question as the original poster. I get the idea that its best to use a public range, but if one is not close by to you I'd like to know the options. Thanks for posting the laws, can anyone clarify:
"(a) General rule. - It is unlawful for any person during the open season for the taking of any big game other than turkey to:"
Does that mean when it is NOT open season for big game that it is OK to target shoot on public hunting grounds in PA where not otherwise prohibited by some posting?
On a related note, assuming it is OK to target shoot in the "off-season" on public hunting property, do you need a hunting license if you are only target shooting in these locations? (I understand that public ranges now require either a hunting license or range permit, but I'm not talking about that).