A $1.2 million trophy-hunting preserve and bed and breakfast are in the works on a 2,200-acre tract of land in Reade Township near Fallentimber.

The development will be one more element in making northeastern Cambria County a destination point, officials said.

Philip H. Shroyer III spent 22 years as vice president of marketing and human resources for Sheetz Inc.

He now is owner of Uncle Phil’s General Store on Route 53, and has started work on Misty Mountain Trophy Hunting Inc.

The first phase of an accompanying bed and breakfast will be completed by late summer.

It will provide facilities for 10 people.

Plans are in the works for a second phase which would double the overnight accommodations, Shroyer said.

“With as many state game lands as we have in the area and as many hunters are here, I figured why not give it a try,” Shroyer said.

The preserve is expected to be in use primarily in the fall and winter months.

That means it would bring commerce to the area during a time when Rock Run Recreation Park and Prince Gallitzin State Park are at a reduced level, said Fred Querry, director of planning for the Southern Alleghenies Planning and Development Commission.

“This is one more thing that is going to be a plus to the area,” Querry said. “This will be just another opportunity for outdoor enthusiasts. It will be a good addition – one more plus giving the area year-round appeal.”

Of significance to Patton Mayor Steve Bakajza is lodging, which will be available for rent on the preserve. A housing shortage is expected as Rock Run draws in visitors from a wide geographic region.

Shroyer’s bed and breakfast will be located about 10 miles from Rock Run’s entrance at St. Lawrence.

“We have a couple houses in Patton renting rooms, and the Miner’s Restaurant now has some rooms available, but this will really help out,” Bakajza said.

Southern Alleghenies business development branch is providing a $200,000 loan toward the project.

The Progress Fund is expected to kick in $100,000, with the remainder of money to come from Shroyer in the next three years.

He hopes that by 2010, Misty Mountain will be providing eight full-time jobs.

Misty Mountain was incorporated in late 2006 to breed a genetically superior line of white-tailed deer that will be based on pedigrees and DNA, Shroyer said.

He plans to market the genetically superior breeds to national and international breeders.

Of the 2,200 acres the preserve will encompass, 1,500 will offer free-range deer, bear, turkey and coyote hunting.

In addition, more than 600 acres will be fenced in for trophy white-tailed deer and elk hunting.

Using national trade magazines, outdoors shows and word of mouth, Shroyer said he already has started booking hunts for 2008 from New York, Ohio, New Jersey and as far away as Tennessee, Florida, Georgia and Texas.

Shroyer, described by Bakajza as “quite a businessman,” has a deer breeders license and is a member of the state Department of Agriculture Deer Breeders Association.

The hunting preserve will be licensed and monitored by the state.

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