Hunting

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.

 

Cook Forest State Park

113 River Road Cooksburg PA 16217

(814) 744-8407 | http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/findapark/cookforest/
cookforestsp(at)pa.gov

The 8,500 acre park, once called the "Black Forest," is famous for its stands of old growth forest. Cook Forest's "Forest Cathedral" of towering white pines and hemlocks is a National Natural Landmark. The Clarion River is along the eastern border of the park and is popular for canoeing and fishing. Call or go online for camping reservations. Tent and trailer campsites, cabins and organized group tenting are available. Enjoy the beauty of Cook Forest by hiking on one of 27 marked trails. The terrain is of rolling hills and cool valley streams. Special scenic areas are the old growth forest, Fire Tower/Seneca Point and the Clarion River. Part of the 140-mile Baker Trail and the North Country National Scenic Trail pass through Cook Forest. Bikes are permitted on all one-way, dirt roads within the park. Two designated bridle trails and portions of Brown's Run Trail comprise 4.5 miles of trails for horseback riding. There are 12 miles of snowmobile trails, three acres of sledding slopes and three designated cross-country ski trails in the park. About 7,000 acres are open to hunting and trapping. Common games species include: deer, turkey, bear, and squirrel.

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