Here is your 2022-23 information to incessantly requested questions

As searching seasons open throughout Pennsylvania, there are some essential issues it’s worthwhile to know relating to when you possibly can hunt and what it’s worthwhile to put on.

I took a while this week to focus on among the extra in style issues sportsmen want to recollect this fall.

What Sundays are you allowed to hunt in Pennsylvania for 2022?

Pennsylvania has three Sundays which might be open to hunters this fall.

On Nov. 13, you possibly can hunt with archery gear for deer. Bear might be hunted with archery gear in Wildlife Administration Items 2B, 5B,5C and 5D solely. When you like small sport searching, on this date you possibly can go after squirrel, pheasant, rabbit, grouse, bobwhite quail, woodchuck, crow, raccoon, fox, coyote, opossum, striped skunk, weasel and porcupine.

On Nov. 20, you possibly can hunt bear, deer (with archery gear in WMUs 2B, 5C and 5D solely) and small sport together with squirrel, pheasant, rabbit, grouse, bobwhite quail, woodchuck, crow, raccoon, fox, coyote, opossum, striped skunk, weasel and porcupine.

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Nov. 27 is rifle deer season and bear season for WMUs which might be within the prolonged season together with 1B, 2B, 2C,, 3A, 3B, 3C, 3D, 4A,4B,4C,4D,4E, 5A,5B, 5C and 5D. This Sunday can also be open to these searching fox, raccoon and coyote.

Remember if you’re searching on personal land on considered one of these three Sundays it’s worthwhile to carry written permission from the landowner that features the property proprietor’s title, handle and telephone quantity.

What are the 2022-2023 small sport seasons in Pennsylvania?

  • Squirrel season is Sept. 10-Nov. 25, Dec. 12-23, and Dec. 26-Feb. 27.

  • Rabbit season statewide is Oct. 15-Nov. 25, Dec. 12-23 and Dec. 26-Feb. 27. Junior hunters can go Oct. 1-15.

  • Pheasant season spans Oct. 22-Nov. 25, Dec. 12-23 and Dec. 26-Feb. 27. Junior hunters have Oct. 8-15 to pursue pheasants.

  • Grouse are open to searching Oct. 15-Nov. 25 and Dec. 12-23.

When is deer searching season in Pennsylvania?

Pennsylvania has beneficiant alternatives allowing deer searching in sure components of the state from mid-September by means of Jan. 28 with few days being closed.

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  • Particular firearms for antlerless deer for junior and senior hunters, mentored youth, active-duty army and sure disabled allow holders runs Oct. 20-22.

  • Common firearm season for each buck and doe is Nov. 26-Dec. 10.

  • Flintlock muzzleloader deer season is Dec. 26-Jan. 16. In WMUs, 2B, 5C and 5D it continues by means of Jan. 28. You too can use a firearm in these three WMUs throughout this time for antlerless deer.

The place can I get an antlerless deer license in Pennsylvania?

Antlerless deer licenses went on sale July 11. Whereas some components of the state have bought out, different components of the commonwealth nonetheless have some doe tags obtainable. As of Sept. 12, hunters can go to their county treasurers workplace to buy a remaining doe tag for his or her WMU. Go to to see the place antlerless licenses are nonetheless obtainable.

When is fall turkey season in Pennsylvania?

This season fluctuates greater than others because the searching alternatives are adjusted primarily based on inhabitants analysis and previous hunter success. For instance, in WMUs 5A, 5C and 5D in southeastern Pennsylvania, it is closed this yr. In WMU 5B, you possibly can solely hunt Nov. 1-3.

Different components of the state begin on Oct. 29. In WMUS, 1A, 1B, 4A, 4B, 4D and 4E the season ends Nov. 5. In WMUs 2A, 2F, 2G, 2H, 3A, 3B, 3C, 3D and 4C, it ends Nov. 12. In WMUs 2C, 2D and 2E, it ends Nov. 12 however returns Nov. 23-25. WMU 2B round Allegheny County has the longest fall turkey season. It runs Oct. 29-Nov. 18 and Nov. 23-25.

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When are you able to hunt black bear in Pennsylvania?

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  • Statewide archery season, Oct. 15-Nov. 5

  • Muzzleloader season, Oct. 15-22

  • Particular firearms for junior and senior license holders, active-duty army and sure disabled individuals’ allow holders, Oct. 20-22

  • Common firearms bear season, Nov. 19-22

  • Prolonged season overlapping with rifle deer searching in Wildlife Administration Items 2B, 5B, 5C and 5D, Nov. 26-Dec. 10

  • In WMUs, 1B, 2C, 3A, 3B, 3C, 3D, 4A, 4B, 4C, 4D, 4E and 5A, the season runs Nov. 26-Dec. 3.

When is elk searching season in Pennsylvania?

The seasons to hunt elk are archery Sept. 10-24, firearms Oct. 31-Nov. 5 and late season Dec. 31-Jan. 7. The deadline to use for a license this yr has handed.

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The Recreation Fee acquired 104,250 functions for the lottery drawing of 178 elk tags held in August. Pennsylvania has greater than 1,300 wild elk in northcentral Pennsylvania.

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What can mentored hunters pursue?

When you have somebody you wish to introduce to searching, the Pennsylvania Recreation Fee has mentored alternatives for unlicensed hunters of all ages to go along with a licensed grownup.

A mentored hunter can hunt squirrels, rabbits, hares, ruffed grouse, bobwhite quail, pheasants, crows, doves, porcupines, woodchucks, coyotes, deer and turkeys whereas searching with a licensed grownup.

Youth who take part within the mentored program for at the very least three years earlier than turning 12 are required to get a license at 12 moderately than persevering with as a mentored hunter. License-buyers should first efficiently full a Hunter-Trapper Schooling course. Mentored hunters ages 12 or older could take part in this system for a most of three license years. After that point, they have to take a Hunter-Trapper Schooling course to buy a searching license.

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Mentored Searching Program allow charges are $2.97 for resident and nonresident candidates below 12; $6.97 for resident candidates 12 to 16; $41.97 for nonresident candidates 12 to 16; $20.97 for residents 17 and older and $101.97 for nonresidents 17 and older.

Licenses and Mentored Searching Program permits might be obtained from any license issuing agent or on-line at

How do I report a violation?

When you see somebody doing one thing unlawful, resembling capturing at deer from the roadway, the Recreation Fee has three telephone numbers to name: 833-PGC-HUNT (833-742-4868), 833-PGC-Wild (833-742-9453) and Operation Recreation Thief at 888-PGC-8001. The company’s web site is to report one thing on-line. The company would really like folks to report crimes in opposition to wildlife as rapidly as attainable and callers ought to attempt to doc a bodily description of individuals, animals and autos.

When do I’ve to put on fluorescent orange whereas searching in Pennsylvania?

This can be a widespread query because the regulation varies relying on what you might be searching.

For instance, these searching groundhogs solely must put on an orange hat.

In preparing for rifle deer season Pennsylvania, remember to wear flourscent orange clothing on your head, chest and back. Also remember to follow basic safety guidelines with your firearm.

In getting ready for rifle deer season Pennsylvania, keep in mind to put on flourscent orange clothes in your head, chest and again. Additionally keep in mind to observe primary security tips together with your firearm.

In case you are small sport searching or firearm looking for deer, bear or elk, it’s worthwhile to have at the very least 250 inches of orange clothes mixed in your head, chest and again.

When you hunt out of a blind the place different hunters won’t be capable of see you, you might be additionally required to publish 100 sq. inches of orange on the skin of the blind.

When you stroll on state sport lands through the rifle searching season instances of Nov. 15-Dec. 15, you might be required to put on at the very least 250 inches of orange clothes regardless if you’re searching.

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When you hunt archery for deer, bear or elk and the after Christmas flintlock muzzleloader season, you need not put on orange.

Personally, if there is a season the place we’re not required to put on orange, I nonetheless preserve a bit of orange clothes in my coat that I pull out once I see one other hunter approaching. Keep in mind, the objective of carrying orange is to scale back the probabilities of one other hunter capturing towards you.

This column was meant to focus on among the extra widespread issues we as hunters want to recollect. However it’s by no means supposed to interchange the 74-page Searching and Trapping Digest you acquired together with your license. When you nonetheless have questions, you may most likely discover the solutions there. If not, please attain out to me and I am going to observe down the data.

Good luck searching.

Brian Whipkey is the outside columnist for USA TODAY Community websites in Pennsylvania. Contact him at [email protected] and join our weekly Go Open air PA publication e-mail in your web site’s homepage below your login title. Observe him on social media @whipkeyoutdoors.

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