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Contact the PA Game Commission for information on how to get a PA Hunting License.
Pennsylvania is a unique state for visiting hunters, as it allows them to hunt the black bear. Also, you can legally hunt Pennsylvania's state bird, the ruffled grouse. If you'd rather stick to more classic game, you can legally pursue animals such as wild turkeys, squirrels, rabbits and pheasants. While Pennsylvania offers distinct hunting opportunities to visitors as well as residents, the state government requires hunters acquire the proper licenses and permits. Like any other paperwork-oriented task, this is best completed prior to your trip.
General Bagging Limits - The Pennsylvania Game Commission enforces a number of bagging limits; following these to the letter can all but eliminate your risk of problems with game wardens during your vacation. Generally, you can only legally bag one antlered deer per year, two spring gobblers annually, one hare per day and four bobwhite quail each day. A few animals don't have bagging limits, including the crow. You could also legally bag six squirrels per day during your visit to Pennsylvania.
Hunting Seasons - The best time frame for a hunting vacation may be during the months of October and November; many classic choices of hunting are only available during parts of October and November. For example, you can only legally bag antlerless deer on selected dates in October. Other limited options include the black bear, which you could only pursue on certain days in November. If you just can't make it to Pennsylvania during October and November, you can still legally hunt a variety of animals during other months of the year. You can pursue crows from July through April, or opt to hunt rabbits from December to February. In Pennsylvania, there are millions of acres available for hunting, whether you like sticking to approved state lands or the general wild.
Check the PA Game Commission website for additional information including dates and bag limits, click here.
Where to hunt? Visit the DCNR website for state game lands, state parks and state forests including downloadable maps and directions. click here
For hunting Allegheny National Forest, click here.
Bald Eagle State Park149 Main Park Road
Howard , PA 16841
The 5,900-acre Bald Eagle State Park is in the broad Bald Eagle Valley of north-central Pennsylvania. The 1,730-acre lake laps the flanks of Bald Eagle Mountain, surrounded by forests, fields and... more info
Black Moshannnon State Park4216 Beaver Road
Philipsburg , PA 16866
Black Moshannon State Park covers 3,394 acres of forests and wetlands that provide recreational opportunities for thousands of visitors. The park conserves unique, natural environments and is in... more info
Bucktail State Park Natural AreaPA Route 120 from Lock Haven to Emporium
Emporium , PA 15834
This 16,433-acre natural area is actually a 75-mile scenic drive. The park provides a beautiful scenic drive along PA 120 from Emporium, through Renovo to Lock Haven. All along the road are... more info
Burdick's Lodge Hunting & Guide Service311 West Main Street
Smethport , PA 16749
We hunt on 1000's and 1000's of acres of "PRIME" State Lands, Public Lands, and Semi-Private Lands. Our hunts are 100% Fair Chase ... NO FENCES! These superb hunting areas have it all — White Oak /... more info
Kinzua Bridge State ParkKinzua Bridge
Mt. Jewett , PA
The 329-acre park features remnants of the 2,053-foot railroad bridge (viaduct) that was a National Engineering Landmark. A tornado has knocked down much of the bridge. The bridge overlook gives a... more info
Lumber Heritage Region of Pennsylvania20 East Fifth Street
Emporium , PA 15834
Paddle the West Branch of the Susquehanna River. Search for traces of logging ghost towns. Watch an osprey plunge into the Allegheny River and emerge with a fish. Follow the route of a logging... more info
Ole Bull State Park31 Valhalla Lane
Cross Fork , PA 17729
The 123-acre park is along the Kettle Creek Valley and is called the Black Forest because of its once dense tree cover, mountainous terrain and wildnerness habitat. Call or go online for camping... more info
Simon B. Elliott State Park2112 Old Rte. 153
Penfield , PA 15849
A 25-site family camping area offers modern restrooms and a trailer dump station. Six rustic cabins include single bunk beds, tables, chairs, fireplace, gas range, refrigerator and electric lighting.... more info
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