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.
Allegheny National Forest(814) 927-6628 | www.fs.usda.gov/allegheny
Marienville Ranger Station
131 Smokey Lane, Marienville, PA 16239
Hundreds of miles of trails designated for hiking, biking, equestrian, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling and ATVing. Family-fun outdoor recreation including swimming, boating, fishing, hunting,... more info
Bald Eagle State Park(814) 625-2775 | http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/findapark/baldeagle/index.htm
149 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 Park(814) 342-5960 | http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/findapark/blackmoshannon/
4216 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 Area(814) 486-3365 | http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/findapark/bucktail/
PA 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
Chapman State Park(814) 723-0250 | http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/findapark/chapman/
4790 Chapman Dam Rd., Clarendon, PA 16313
Adjacent to the Allegheny National Forest includes many outdoor recreation opportunities such as lake fishing, hiking, camping, open swimming, sled riding, ice fishing, cross-country ski, snowmobile,... more info
Cherry Ridge Lodge and Hunt Ranch(814) 728-9493 | www.cherryridge.com
2350 6 Mile Road, Tiona, PA 16352
Hunters will be lodged on site at our spacious and cozy mountain top lodge. It's traditional log cabin styling and its large modern kitchen make for a roomy comfortable atmosphere with all the... more info
Cherry Springs State Park(814) 435-5010 | http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/findapark/cherrysprings/
4639 Cherry Springs Road, Coudersport, PA 16901
Darkest night skies in the east, where the Milky Way casts a shadow!
Named for the large stands of black cherry trees, the 48-acre park is surrounded by the 262,000-acre Susquehannock State... more info
Clear Creek State Park(814) 752-2368 | http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/findapark/clearcreek/index.htm
38 Clear Creek Park Road, Sigel, PA 15860
The park occupies a scenic portion of the Clear Creek Valley from PA 949 to the Clarion River. Recreational opportunities include: camping; canoeing, hunting, swimming, hiking, fishing, picnicking... more info
Colton Point State Park(570) 724-3061 | http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/findapark/coltonpoint/
927 Colton Road, Wellsboro, PA 16901
On the west rim of the Pine Creek Gorge, the 368-acre park resonates with the rustic charm of the Civilian Conservation Corps era of the 1930s. The rugged overlooks offer great views of the canyon.... more info
Cook Forest State Park(814) 744-8407 | http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/findapark/cookforest/
113 River Road, Cooksburg, PA 16217
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... more info