To get away from the crowd during the rifle deer season, check out the rugged region crossed by Route 44 along the Clinton/Lycoming county border. Two huge state forests (Tiadaghton and Sproul) sprawl across half a million acres. The limited hunting pressure here occurs close to roads and trails mostly. So you can have large sections of the woods all to yourself by taking the time to hike into one of the area's roadless tracts, most of which are located on high plateaus situated 1,500 feet above the Pine Creek and Susquehanna River valleys. Pack a small portable tree stand and hunt over one of the mountain laurel patches that typify the region. When conditions are damp or windy, still-hunting also works well. Antlerless tag holders will have top opportunites to take a good doe. Contact: Pennsylvania Game Commission, north-central region (P.O. Box 5038, Jersey Shore, PA 17740; 877-877-7674).