Here is your 2022-23 information to incessantly requested questions

As looking seasons open throughout Pennsylvania, there are some necessary issues you have to know concerning when you may hunt and what you have to put on.

I took a while this week to focus on a number of the extra common 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 may hunt with archery gear for deer. Bear could be hunted with archery gear in Wildlife Administration Items 2B, 5B,5C and 5D solely. In the event you like small recreation looking, on this date you may go after squirrel, pheasant, rabbit, grouse, bobwhite quail, woodchuck, crow, raccoon, fox, coyote, opossum, striped skunk, weasel and porcupine.

On Nov. 20, you may hunt bear, deer (with archery gear in WMUs 2B, 5C and 5D solely) and small recreation 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 be open to these looking fox, raccoon and coyote.

Take note in case you are looking on non-public land on one among these three Sundays you have to carry written permission from the landowner that features the property proprietor’s title, handle and cellphone quantity.

What are the 2022-2023 small recreation 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 looking Oct. 15-Nov. 25 and Dec. 12-23.

When is deer looking season in Pennsylvania?

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

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  • Particular firearms for antlered 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. It’s also possible to 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 elements of the state have offered out, different elements of the commonwealth nonetheless have some doe tags accessible. 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 accessible.

When is fall turkey season in Pennsylvania?

This season fluctuates greater than others because the looking alternatives are adjusted based mostly 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 may solely hunt Nov. 1-3.

Different elements 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 looking 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 looking 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 Sport Fee obtained 104,250 purposes 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 need to introduce to looking, the Pennsylvania Sport 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 looking with a licensed grownup.

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

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Mentored Looking Program allow charges are $2.97 for resident and nonresident candidates beneath 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 Looking Program permits could be obtained from any license issuing agent or on-line at

How do I report a violation?

In the event you see somebody doing one thing unlawful, resembling capturing at deer from the roadway, the Sport Fee has three cellphone numbers to name: 833-PGC-HUNT (833-742-4868), 833-PGC-Wild (833-742-9453) and Operation Sport Thief at 888-PGC-8001. The company’s web site is to report one thing on-line. The company would really like individuals to report crimes towards wildlife as shortly as doable and callers ought to attempt to doc a bodily description of individuals, animals and automobiles.

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

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

For instance, these looking groundhogs solely have to 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, bear in mind to put on flourscent orange clothes in your head, chest and again. Additionally bear in mind to observe fundamental security pointers together with your firearm.

In case you are small recreation looking or firearm trying to find deer, bear or elk, you have to have at the least 250 inches of orange clothes mixed in your head, chest and again.

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

In the event you stroll on state recreation lands through the rifle looking season instances of Nov. 15-Dec. 15, you might be required to put on at the least 250 inches of orange clothes regardless in case you are looking.

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In the event you hunt archery for deer, bear or elk and the after Christmas flintlock muzzleloader season, you needn’t put on orange.

Personally, if there is a season the place we’re not required to put on orange, I nonetheless preserve a chunk 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 a number of the extra widespread issues we as hunters want to recollect. Nevertheless it’s on no account meant to interchange the 74-page Looking and Trapping Digest you obtained together with your license. In the event you nonetheless have questions, you may most likely discover the solutions there. If not, please attain out to me and I will observe down the knowledge.

Good luck looking.

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

This text initially appeared on Erie Instances-Information: Seasons for deer, bear and small recreation in Pennsylvania