Pheasant hunting pa season

Pheasant hunting pa season DEFAULT

Hunters and trappers in Pennsylvania face wide-ranging changes in hunting and trapping seasons and bag limits in the upcoming 2020-21 license year, as a result of voting Tuesday by the Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners.

Highlights include:

  • Expanding Sunday hunting opportunities on three days – Sunday, November 15 for archery deer hunting, Sunday, November 22 for bear hunting during the bear firearms season, and Sunday, November 29 for deer hunting during the firearms deer season.
  • Adopting a 14-day concurrent firearms deer season for antlered and antlerless deer in 10 wildlife management units and retaining a split-season in the remaining 13 WMUs.
  • Extending the statewide archery deer season to end November 20, giving bowhunters the opportunity to take advantage of peak and post-rut activity.
  • Opening squirrel season statewide on September 12 to create more opportunities for younger hunters to get afield.
  • Shifting the statewide general bear season to run from Saturday through Tuesday, adding an additional Sunday opportunity for bear hunters.
  • Bringing back a three-day Thanksgiving turkey season, running Wednesday through Friday, in select wildlife management units; removing the Thanksgiving turkey season in WMUs 1A, 2A, 4A, 4B, 4D and 4E, but making the regular season two weeks (October 31-November 14) instead of one.
  • Increasing bear hunting opportunities for archers by adding a week to the archery bear season and creating an overlap in the first week with the muzzleloader deer and bear seasons.
  • Moving the start of the extended bear seasons to Monday of the first week of firearms deer season in all WMUs with extended bear seasons.
  • Permitting either-sex pheasant hunting statewide, outside of wild pheasant recovery areas.
  • Opening bobcat hunting and trapping seasons in WMU 2B, and river otter trapping seasons in WMUs 1A, 1B and 2F.
  • Increasing the season bag limit for beavers from 40 to 60 in WMUs 1A and 1B.
  • Pa. Game Commission boosts doe hunting licenses for 2020-21 seasons

Here are the details on all the seasons and bag limits:

Squirrel: Special season for eligible junior hunters, with or without required license and mentored youth – September 12-26 (6 daily, 18 in possession limit after first day).

Squirrel: September 12-November 27, December 14-24 and December 26-February 27 (6 daily, 18 possession).

Ruffed grouse: October 17–November 27 and December 14-24 (2 daily, 6 possession).

Rabbit: Special season for eligible junior hunters, with or without required license, October 3-October 17 (4 daily, 12 possession).

Rabbit: October 17-November 27, December 14-24 and December 26-February 27 (4 daily, 12 possession).

Pheasant: Special season for eligible junior hunters, with or without required license – October 10-17 (2 daily, 6 in possession). Male and female pheasants may be taken in all WMUs. There is no open season for taking pheasants in Wild Pheasant Recovery Areas, except within the Central Susquehanna Wild Pheasant Recovery Area, as authorized by executive order.

Pheasant: October 24-November 27, December 14-24 and December 26-February 27 (2 daily, 6 in possession). Male and female pheasants may be taken in all WMUs. There is no open season for taking pheasants in Wild Pheasant Recovery Areas, except within the Central Susquehanna Wild Pheasant Recovery Area, as authorized by executive order.

Bobwhite quail: October 17-November 27, December 14-24 and December 26-February 27 (8 daily, 24 possession).

Snowshoe rabbit/varying hare: December 26-January 1, in all WMUs (1 daily, 3 possession).

Woodchuck/groundhog: No closed season, except on Sundays and during the regular firearms deer seasons. No limit.

Crow: July 3-April 11, 2021, on Friday, Saturday and Sunday only. No limit.

Starling: No closed season, except during the antlered and antlerless deer season. No limit.

English sparrow: No closed season, except during the antlered and antlerless deer season. No limit.

Turkey: WMUs 1A, 2A, 4A, 4B, 4D and 4E – October 31-November 14; WMU 1B – October 31-November 7; WMU 2B (Shotgun and bow and arrow only) and WMU 2C – October 31-November 20 and November 25-27; WMUs 2D, 2E, 2F, 2G, 2H, 3A, 3B, 3C, 3D and 4C– October 31-November 14 and November 25-27; WMU 5A – November 5-7; WMU 5B – November 3-5; WMUs 5C and 5D, closed to fall turkey hunting.

Spring gobbler: Special season for eligible junior hunters, with required license, and mentored youth – April 24, 2021. Only 1 spring gobbler may be taken during this hunt.

Spring gobbler: May 1-May 31, 2021. Daily limit 1, season limit 2. (Second spring gobbler may be only taken by persons who possess a valid special wild turkey license.) From May 1-15, legal hunting hours are one-half hour before sunrise until noon; from May 17-31, legal hunting hours are one-half hour before sunrise until one-half hour after sunset.

Pa. Game Commission expands part of state with concurrent firearms seasons on deer

Black bear, archery (WMUs 2B, 5C and 5D): September 19-November 27. Only 1 bear may be taken during the license year.

Black bear, archery (WMU 5B): October 3-November 14. Only 1 bear may be taken during the license year.

Black bear, archery (statewide): October 17-November 7. Only 1 bear may be taken during the license year.

Black bear, muzzleloader (statewide): October 17-24. Only 1 bear may be taken during the license year.

Black bear, special firearms (statewide): October 22-24, Junior and Senior License Holders, Disabled Person Permit (to use a vehicle) Holders, and Pennsylvania residents serving on active duty in U.S. Armed Services only. Also included are persons who have reached or will reach their 65th birthday in the year of the application for a license and hold a valid adult license or qualify for license and fee exemptions under section 2706. Only 1 bear may be taken during the license year.

Black bear (statewide): November 21; Sunday, November 22; and November 23-24. Only 1 bear may be taken during the license year.

Black bear (WMUs 1B, 2C, 3A, 3B, 3C, 3D, 4A, 4B, 4C, 4D, 4E and 5A): November 30-December 5. Only 1 bear may be taken during the license year.

Black bear (WMUs 2B, 5B, 5C and 5D): November 30-December 12. Only 1 bear may be taken during the license year.

Elk, archery: September 12-26.

Elk: November 2-7. Only one elk may be taken during the license year.

Elk, late (antlerless only): January 2-9, 2021.

Deer, archery (antlered and antlerless) WMUs 2B, 5C and 5D: September 19-November 14; Sunday, November 15; November 16-27 and December 26-January 23, 2021. One antlered deer per hunting license year. One antlerless deer with each required antlerless license or permit.

Deer, archery (antlered and antlerless) Statewide: October 3-November 14; Sunday, November 15; November 16-20 and December 26-January 18, 2021. One antlered deer per hunting license year. One antlerless deer with each required antlerless license or permit.

Deer, regular firearms (antlered only) WMUS 1A, 1B, 2A, 2F, 2G, 2H, 3A, 3B, 3C, 3D, 4C, 4E and 5B: November 28; Sunday, November 29; November 30-December 4. One antlered deer per hunting license year. (Holders of valid DMAP antlerless deer permits may harvest antlerless deer on DMAP properties during this period.)

Deer, regular firearms, (antlered and antlerless) WMUS 1A, 1B, 2A, 2F, 2G, 2H, 3A, 3B, 3C, 3D, 4C, 4E and 5B: December 5-12. One antlered deer per hunting license year. An antlerless deer with each required antlerless license.

Deer, regular firearms (antlered and antlerless) WMUs 2B, 2C, 2D,2E, 4A, 4B, 4D, 5A, 5C and 5D: November 28; Sunday, November 29; November 30-December 12. One antlered deer per hunting license year. An antlerless deer with each required antlerless license.

Deer, antlerless, special firearms (statewide): October 22-24. Junior and Senior License Holders, Mentored Youth Permit Holders, Disabled Person Permit (to use a vehicle) Holders, and Pennsylvania residents serving on active duty in U.S. Armed Services only, with required antlerless license or permit. Also included are persons who have reached or will reach their 65th birthday in the year of the application for a license and hold a valid adult license or qualify for license and fee exemptions under section 2706. One antlerless deer with each required antlerless license or permit.

Deer, antlerless, muzzleloader (statewide): October 17-24. An antlerless deer with each required antlerless license or permit.

Deer, antlered or antlerless, flintlock (statewide): December 26-January 18, 2021. One antlered deer per hunting license year, or one antlerless deer and an additional antlerless deer with each required antlerless license or permit.

Deer, antlered or antlerless, flintlock (WMUs 2B, 5C, 5D): December 26-January 23, 2021. One antlered deer per hunting license year, or one antlerless deer and an additional antlerless deer with each required antlerless license or permit.

Deer, antlerless, extended regular firearms: (Allegheny, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties): December 26-January 23. An antlerless deer with each required antlerless license or permit.

Furbearer hunting

Coyote: No closed season. Unlimited. Outside of any big game season (deer, bear, elk and turkey), coyotes may be taken with a hunting license or a furtaker license, and without wearing orange. During any big game season, coyotes may be taken while lawfully hunting big game or with a furtaker license.

Raccoon: October 24-February 20, unlimited.

Fox: October 24-February 20, unlimited.

Opossum: No closed season, except Sundays. No limits.

Striped skunk: No closed season, except Sundays. No limits.

Weasel: No closed season, except Sundays. No limits.

Bobcat (WMUs 2A, 2B, 2C, 2E, 2F, 2G, 2H, 3A, 3B, 3C, 3D, 4A, 4B, 4C, 4D and 4E): January 9-February 3. One bobcat per license year. Licensed furtakers may obtain one permit each.

Porcupine: October 10-January 30, 2021. (3 daily, season limit of 10).

Trapping

Mink: November 21-January 10. Unlimited.

Muskrat: November 21-January 10. Unlimited.

Coyote: October 25-February 21. No limit.

Fox: October 25-February 21. No limit.

Opossum: October 25-February 21. No limit.

Raccoon: October 25-February 21. No limit.

Striped skunk: October 25-February 21. No limit.

Weasel: October 25-February 21. No limit.

Coyote, cable restraints (statewide): December 26-February 21. No limit. Participants must pass cable restraint certification course.

Fox, cable restraints (statewide): December 26-February 21. No limit. Participants must pass cable restraint certification course.

Beaver (statewide): December 19-March 31 (Limits vary depending on WMU).

Bobcat (WMUs 2A, 2B 2C, 2E, 2F, 2G, 2H, 3A, 3B, 3C, 3D, 4A, 4B, 4C, 4D and 4E): December 19-January 10. One bobcat per license year. Licensed furtakers may obtain one permit each.

Fisher (WMUs 1B, 2C, 2D, 2E, 2F, 2G, 2H, 3A, 3B, 3C, 3D, 4A, 4B, 4C, 4D and 4E): December 19-January 3. One fisher per license year. Licensed furtakers may obtain one permit each.

River otter (WMUs 1A, 1B, 2F, 3C and 3D): February 13-20, 2021. One river otter per license year. Licensed furtakers may obtain one permit each.

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Bag game large and small during the Pennsylvania hunting seasons. The Pennsylvania Game Commission offers a variety of hunting seasons, youth hunt days and special seasons for regular firearms, archery and muzzleloaders. Pennsylvania offers some of the best deer hunting on the East Coast. For more information on purchasing hunting permits, regional regulations and other hunting needs, visit the Pennsylvania Game Commission website.

Pennsylvania Deer Seasons

Archery and CrossbowSept. 18-Jan. 17**
Regular FirearmsNov. 27-Dec. 11** and Dec. 5-12**
Special Firearms (Junior/Senior License, Youth, Disabled Hunters, Military)Oct. 21-23
Flintlock FirearmsDec. 27-Jan. 29**
MuzzleloaderOct. 16-23

**Pennsylvania regulates its firearms hunting seasons by region. In addition, further hunting dates separate from the statewide hunting season are available in countless areas across the state. For more information on hunting within your region or in another area, visit the Pennsylvania Game Commission website.

Pennsylvania Elk Seasons

ArcherySept. 11-25
General SeasonNov. 1-6
Late SeasonJan. 1-8

 

Pennsylvania Black Bear Seasons

ArcherySept. 18-Nov. 26**
Special Firearms (Junior/Senior License, Youth, Disabled Hunters, Military)Oct. 21-23
MuzzleloaderOct. 16-23
General SeasonNov. 20-Dec. 4**

**Season dates vary by zone. For specific dates within your region, visit the Pennsylvania Game Commission website.

Pennsylvania Wild Turkey Seasons

Fall General SeasonOct. 30-Nov. 26**
Spring SeasonApr. 30-May 31
Spring Youth SeasonApr. 23, 2022

**Start and end dates vary by region. For specific dates within your region, visit the Pennsylvania Game Commission website. Special seasons are reserved for youth hunts, senior hunters 65 and older, persons with disabilities and active military personnel.

Pennsylvania Small Seasons

SquirrelSept. 11-Nov. 26, Dec. 13-24, Dec. 27-Feb. 28
RabbitOct. 2-16, Oct. 16-Nov. 26, Dec. 13-24, Dec. 27-Feb. 28
PheasantOct. 9-16, Oct. 24-Nov. 26, Dec. 13-24, Dec. 27-Feb. 28
Bobwhite QuailOct. 23-Nov. 26, Dec. 13-24, Dec. 27-Feb. 28
GrouseOct. 16-Nov. 26 and Dec. 13-24
Woodchucks (Groundhogs)Open Season, excluding Sundays and the regular firearms deer season

Bag limits, special seasons and hunting regulations for Pennsylvania hunting seasons do vary based on animal and seasons. Baiting is not allowed in the state, and firearms used to hunt are regulated by game type. For more information on obtaining licenses, permits and regulations, visit the Pennsylvania Game Commission website for precise information.

 

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Seasons and bag limits for the license year.









 Except as further restricted by this chapter, the seasons, bag limits, hunting hours and hunting regulations for migratory game birds shall conform to regulations adopted by the United States Secretary of the Interior under authority of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (16 U.S.C.A. § §  703—712) as published in the Federal Register on or about February 28 of each year.

 Exceptions:

 (a)  Hunting hours in §  141.4 (relating to hunting hours).

 (b)  Nontoxic shot as approved by the Director of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service is required for use Statewide in hunting and taking of migratory waterfowl.

 (c)  Hunting on Sunday not authorized.1



















 No open seasons on other wild birds or wild mammals.

 1 No hunting on Sunday authorized. See 34 Pa.C.S. §  2303.

 2 Hunting on Sunday authorized on separately delineated Sunday date(s) only. See 34 Pa.C.S. §  2303.

 3 Hunting on Sunday is authorized. See 34 Pa.C.S. §  2303.

 4 Only persons who possess a special wild turkey license as provided for in section 2709 of the act (relating to license costs and fees) may take a second spring gobbler during the hunting license year; all other persons, including mentored youth hunters, may take only one spring gobbler. A maximum of two spring gobblers per license year may be taken by any combination of licenses or exceptions for mentored youth.

 5 Only one antlered deer (buck) may be taken during the hunting license year.

 6 Includes resident and nonresident license holders who have reached or will reach their 65th birthday in the year of the application for the license and hold a valid adult license or qualify for license and fee exemptions under section 2706 of the act (relating to resident license and fee exemptions).

 7 Only one bear may be taken during the hunting license year with the required bear license.

 8 Only one elk may be taken during the hunting license year with the required elk license.



   The provisions of this §  139.4 issued and amended under the Game and Wildlife Code, 34 Pa.C.S.

   The provisions of this §  139.4 adopted June 3, 1971, effective July 3, 1971, 1 Pa.B. 1473; amended July 8, 1977, effective July 9, 1977, 7 Pa.B. 1915; amended April 30, 1982, effective May 1, 1982, 12 Pa.B. 1396; amended June 19, 1987, effective July 1, 1987, 17 Pa.B. 2464; amended October 30, 1987, effective October 31, 1987, 17 Pa.B. 4320; amended June 3, 1988, effective June 4, 1988, 18 Pa.B. 2530; amended April 28, 1989, effective April 29, 1989, 19 Pa.B. 1842; amended May 25, 1990, effective July 1, 1990, 20 Pa.B. 2752; amended May 29, 1992, effective July 1, 1992, 22 Pa.B. 2839; amended November 27, 1992, effective November 28, 1992, 22 Pa.B. 5685; amended May 28, 1993, effective July 1, 1993, 23 Pa.B. 2565; amended June 3, 1994, effective June 4, 1994, 24 Pa.B. 2797; amended May 26, 1995, effective from July 1, 1995, to June 30, 1996, 25 Pa.B. 2072; amended October 27, 1995, effective from December 1995, to June 30, 1996, 25 Pa.B. 4614; amended September 6, 1996, effective July 1, 1996, to June 30, 1997, 26 Pa.B. 4339; amended May 16, 1997, effective May 17, 1997, 27 Pa.B. 2417; amended May 29, 1998, effective May 30, 1998, 28 Pa.B. 2504; amended October 30, 1998, effective October 31, 1998, 28 Pa.B. 5486; amended May 7, 1999, effective May 8, 1999, 29 Pa.B. 2454; amended May 12, 2000, effective May 13, 2000, 30 Pa.B. 2366; amended June 1, 2001, effective July 1, 2001, to June 30, 2002, 31 Pa.B. 2793; amended July 12, 2002, effective July 13, 2002, and apply retroactively to July 1, 2002, 32 Pa.B. 3392; amended June 20, 2003, effective June 21, 2003, 33 Pa.B. 2872; amended July 16, 2004, effective July 17, 2004, and apply retroactively to July 1, 2004, 34 Pa.B. 3705; amended July 15, 2005, effective from July 1, 2005, to June 30, 2006, 35 Pa.B. 3928; amended June 30, 2006, effective July 1, 2006, 36 Pa.B. 3244; amended June 29, 2007, effective June 30, 2007, 37 Pa.B. 2949; amended June 27, 2008, effective June 28, 2008, 38 Pa.B. 3491; amended June 5, 2009, effective July 1, 2009, 39 Pa.B. 2792; amended June 11, 2010, effective June 12, 2010, 40 Pa.B. 3096; amended September 24, 2010, effective September 25, 2010, and remain in effect until June 30, 2011, 40 Pa.B. 5454; amended May 27, 2011, effective from July 1, 2011, to June 30, 2012, 41 Pa.B. 2688; amended June 22, 2012, effective from July 1, 2012, to June 30, 2013, 42 Pa.B. 3581; amended May 31, 2013, effective July 1, 2013, to June 30, 2014, 43 Pa.B. 2999; amended May 23, 2014, effective July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2015, 44 Pa.B. 3091; amended May 29, 2015, effective July 1, 2015, to June 30, 2016, 45 Pa.B. 2596; amended May 27, 2016, effective July 1, 2016, to June 30, 2017, 46 Pa.B. 2665; amended May 5, 2017, effective July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2018, 47 Pa.B. 2603; amended May 25, 2018, effective July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2019, 48 Pa.B. 3082; amended May 17, 2019, effective July 1, 2019, to June 30, 2020, 49 Pa.B. 2500; amended May 1, 2020, effective July 1, 2020, to June 30, 2021, 50 Pa.B. 2258; amended May 21, 2021, effective July 1, 2021, to June 30, 2022, 51 Pa.B. 2929. Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (401511) to (401522).

   This section cited in 58 Pa. Code §  135.41 (relating to State game lands); 58 Pa. Code §  135.106 (relating to Pymatuning Wildlife Management Area); 58 Pa. Code §  139.6 (relating to field possession and transportation limits); 58 Pa. Code §  143.206 (relating to validity of elk licenses); 58 Pa. Code §  143.243 (relating to general); 58 Pa. Code §  147.315 (relating to purpose); 58 Pa. Code §  147.664 (relating to permit); 58 Pa. Code §  147.701 (relating to general); and 58 Pa. Code §  147.804 (relating to general).



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2020 Pennsylvania Pheasant Season, Oct/Nov. 2020

Pennsylvania Game Commission set to stock more than 200,000 pheasants

Imagine walking along a field’s edge and seeing a ring-necked pheasant take flight. The colorful feathers and unique cackling sound are part of a long autumn tradition in Pennsylvania.

The sport of pheasant hunting continues thanks to an ongoing effort to raise birds for sportsmen across the state.

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A pheasant stands in grass cover Sept. 20 at the Loyalsock Game Farm in Mountoursville

Pheasants are not a native bird to Pennsylvania, and there really isn’t a substantial wild population. They actually arrived here from Asia. The Pennsylvania Game Commission reports that during the early 1890s, private citizens purchased pheasants from English game keepers and released them in Lehigh and Northampton counties. For several decades, many other small releases across the commonwealth were made to establish the pheasant for sport hunting.

Today, the Game Commission propagates pheasants at two farms for each hunting season.

Brad Stine, superintendent of the Loyalsock Game Farm, left, and Ian Gregg,  wildlife operations division chief, of the Pennsylvania Game Commission, talk Sept. 20 about this year's pheasant program.

Raising pheasants

The Loyalsock Game Farm in Montoursville, Lycoming County, and the Southwest Game Farm in Armstrong County, have raised 222,000 the birds throughout the summer months.

Brad Stine, superintendent of the Loyalsock Game Farm, said they purchase day old chicks and raise them over 21-22 weeks.  About 75% of the birds are males that have a white ring around the their neck.

The birds eat a mixture of grains, wheat and protein that is dispensed in feeders. There are large pens with tall grasses and corn to allow the birds to grow in a somewhat natural habitat. There is netting over the pens that keeps the birds in and keep predators, such as raptors, out.

The pheasants grow quickly and can be shipped to hunting areas after 20 weeks.  

Mature birds are picked up by Game Commission habitat crews to be delivered in fielded areas. Loyalsock’s birds primarily go to the eastern half of the state, and the Southwest farm handles the western half of the commonwealth.

Pheasants walk through corn and tall grasses Sept. 20 in their enclosure at the Loyalsock Game Farm in Mountoursville.

The pheasant program has been part of the Game Commission since 1915. “It’s because people like to hunt them,” said Ian D. Gregg, certified wildlife biologist, Wildlife Operations Division Chief.  Pheasant hunting is a heritage program and the birds are a “put and take” resource similar to how the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission stocks trout each year.

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Pheasant hunting brings diversity to the hunting experience. He added that small game hunting is a fun way to introduce people to the sport. To further help younger sportsmen, there is a special youth hunting season that runs Oct. 9-16.

Since 2002, the agency stocked more than 15,000 birds each year at advertised sites for the junior hunting season.

A ring-necked pheasant walks Sept. 20 at the Loyalsock Game Farm in Mountoursville.

In addition, the commission donates about 2,000 pheasants to sportsmen organizations who have their own youth hunting days.

Hunting pheasants

The regular pheasant seasons this year are Oct. 23-Nov. 13; Sunday, Nov. 14; Nov. 15-20; Sunday, Nov. 21; Nov. 22-26, Dec. 13-24 and Dec. 27-Feb. 28. Sportsmen can shoot both male and female birds with a limit of two each day and total possession limit of six.

Mature pheasants Sept. 20 at the Loyalsock Game Farm in Mountoursville  that will be stocked in eastern Pennsylvania.

The overall program costs the agency about $3.4 million, which is 2.2% of the $158 million annual budget. When broken down, that’s about $26 to $31 for each bird.

To help offset the cost of the program, in 2017 the agency started a pheasant license permit program.

Gregg said the additional money helps offset the cost, not determine how many birds are going to be raised.

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That first year, 42,000 adult permits were sold and in 2020, 50,000 pheasant licenses were purchased. In addition, there were also 13,000 junior pheasant hunters last year.

Adults pay $26.97 for the add-on permit to their hunting license, but it is free for junior hunters. 

Nine bird releases are planned this year, including one for youth season, five for the regular season in October and November, and three releases for the late season at the end of December and early January. Two of the late releases, including between Christmas and the New Year and the first week of January, are new for this year. When there’s at least 50 acres, the agency puts 30-50 birds per stocking.

A female pheasant Sept. 20 at the Loyalsock Game Farm in Mountoursville.

Starting last year, the agency opened the entire state to harvesting both males and females. In the past, some Wildlife Management Units were open only to male, ring-necks. In those areas, the agency tried unsuccessfully to re-establish a wild population and kept the females protected. Gregg said since the birds were not able to repopulate in significant numbers, the regulation against taking females was “taking away an opportunity for hunters.”

A ring-necked pheasant Sept. 20 at the Loyalsock Game Farm in Mountoursville. The Pennsylvania Game Commission plans to stock more than 200,000 birds for hunters this fall and winter.

About 60% of the birds are taken by hunters. “We strive to maximize the return of our investment to the hunter,” Gregg said.

“We what hunters to know where the birds are and where to hunt,”  he said about the online resources that are available at pa.pgc.gov which is the agency’s webpage. There's an interactive map that shows where the birds are released and how many are allocated for each location. Gregg said raising the birds is a team effort across the state. From the habitat managers to the gardeners and administrators, many people are involved in providing this sport across the commonwealth.

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Hunters should look for pheasants in farm field settings. Brushy fencerows, tall grassy areas and along standing corn and grain fields are places to find birds.

“We encourage everyone to get out there and take advantage of the hunting opportunities provided by these pheasants this fall,” Gregg said.

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Hunting season pheasant pa

About Hunting in Pennsylvania

Tentative seasons include a 14 day antlered and antlerless firearms season, and increased opportunity. The closure of fall turkey season , in reductions in season length for 14 other WMUS due to declining population trends.

The extended, antlerless firearms season traditionally held in south eastern and south western Pennsylvania is proposed to be held all of WMUS 2B, 5C and 5D given antlerless harvest evenly distributed through areas regardless of firearm restrictions. Elk provisions are also being made at this time and everything will be set by April.

Pennsylvania Hunting Seasons

Big Game: Bear, Deer, Elk

Small Game: Squirrel, Rabbit, Hare, Groundhog

Bird: Grouse, Pheasant, Quail, Crow, Turkey, Sparrow

Pennsylvania Hunting Season zones

Pennsylvania Deer Hunting Season Dates 2021-2022

SeasonDatesZonesLimitNotes
ArcherySept. 18-Nov. 13; Sunday, Nov. 14; Nov. 15-20, Sunday, Nov. 21; Nov. 22-26 and Dec. 27-Jan. 29, 2022.2B, 5C and 5DOne antlerless deer with each required antlerless license. One antlered deer per hunting license year.Antlered &
Antlerless
Oct. 2-Nov. 13; Sunday, Nov. 14; Nov. 15-19; and Dec. 27-Jan. 17, 2022.StatewideOne antlered deer per hunting license year. One antlerless deer with each required antlerless license.Antlered &
Antlerless
MuzzleloaderOct- 16-23StatewideAn antlerless
deer with each
required
antlerless
license
Special FirearmsOct 21-23, 2021StatewideAntlerless
Regular
Firearms
Nov 27; Nov 28
and Nov 29- Dec
11
StatewideAntlered and
Antlerless
Dec 27- Jan 29,
2022
2B, 5C and 5DAntlerless
extended

Pennsylvania Hunting License

Purchase a license at any time easily at : https://huntfish.pa.gov/

Licence/ PermitResidentNonresident
Adult Hunting$20.90$101.90
Landowner Hunting$4.90N/A
Mentored Adult Hunting
Permit
$20.90N/A
Archery Antlerless Elk App$11.90N/A
Archery Antlered Elk App$11.90N/A
LicenseCost
Archery$16.90
Muzzleloader$11.90
Bear$16.90
Bobcat Permit$6.90

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The great news in that hunting Sundays during archery deer and firearms bear seasons would open other species as well. The public is welcome to offer comment on the 2021- 2022 seasons and limits plus similar board committee steps of action.

The next meeting is April 16 to 17 at the county headquarters.

There are many changes happening at this time, however if being a contributing member would allow a lot of benefits and changes in which being a part of might add to inclusivity and forward momentum then it is suggested arriving at one of these may be the perfect solution!

Links to Official Sites

Buy license in Pennsylvania: https://huntfish.pa.gov/
Pennsylvania State Regulation
Site: https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/Game-Commission-Details.aspx?newsid=444

Sours: https://www.huntersguides.com/pennsylvania-hunting-season/
2020 Pennsylvania Pheasant Season, Oct/Nov. 2020

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