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1A: From Ohio/PA state line, US Rt. 6 east to US Rt. 322 at Conneaut Lake. US Rt. 322 east to PA Rt. 8 at Franklin. PA Rt. 8 south to PA Rt. 228 near Gibsonia. PA Rt. 228 west to I-76 (PA Turnpike) to I-376 near New Beaver. I-376 to Ohio River to Ohio/PA state line.

1B: From the New York/PA state line, US Rt. 62 south to US Rt. 6 near Warren. US Rt. 6 west to PA Rt. 27 at Pittsfield. PA Rt. 27 south to PA Rt. 8 at Titusville. PA Rt. 8 south to US Rt. 322 at Franklin. US Rt. 322 west to US Rt. 6 to Conneaut Lake. US Rt. 6 west to Ohio/PA state line.

2A: From the Ohio/PA state line, Ohio River east to I-376 near Vanport. I-376 east to US Rt. 22 near Moon Run. US Rt. 22 west to PA Rt. 980 near Santiago. PA Rt 980 south to I-79 to I-70 at Washington. I-70 east to US Rt. 119 near New Stanton. US Rt. 119 south to West Virginia/PA state line.

2B: From Washington, I-79 north to PA Rt. 980 near Canonsburg. PA Rt. 980 north to US Rt. 22 near Santiago. US Rt. 22 east to I-376 near Moon Run. I-376 west to I-76 near New Beaver. I-76 east to PA Rt. 228 at Cranberry to PA Rt. 356 near Sarver to PA Rt. 66 near North Washington. Toll Road Rt. 66 south to US Rt. 119 south to I-70 near New Stanton. I-70 west to I-79 at Washington.

2C: From the West Virginia/PA state line, US Rt. 119 north to Toll Road Rt. 66 near New Stanton. Toll Road Rt. 66 north to US Rt. 22 near Delmont. US Rt. 22 east to US Rt. 119 to US Rt. 422 near Indiana. US Rt. 422 east to US Rt. 22 near Ebensburg. Use US Rt. 219 just west of Ebensburg to join US Rt. 22 and 422. US Rt. 22 east to I-99 near Hollidaysburg. I-99 south to US Rt. 220 near Bedford. US Rt. 220 south to Maryland/PA state line.

2D: From Franklin, US Rt. 322 east to I-80 near Corsica. I-80 east to US Rt. 219 near DuBois. US Rt. 219 south to US Rt. 119 near DuBois. US Rt. 119 south to US Rt. 22 near Black Lick. US Rt. 22 west to PA Rt. 66 near Delmont. PA Rt. 66 north to PA Rt. 356 to PA Rt. 228 near Sarver. PA Rt. 228 west to PA Rt. 8 near Gibsonia. PA Rt. 8 north to US Rt. 322 at Franklin.

2E: From near DuBois, I-80 east to PA Rt. 53 near Klyertown. PA Rt. 53 south to US Rt. 22 near Cresson. US Rt. 22 west to US Rt. 422 near Ebensburg. US Rt. 422 west to US Rt. 119 near Indiana. US Rt. 119 north to US Rt. 219 near DuBois. US Rt. 219 north to I-80 near DuBois.

2F: From New York/PA state line, US Rt. 219 south to I-80 near DuBois. I-80 west to US Rt. 322 near Corsica. US Rt. 322 west to PA Rt. 8 at Franklin. PA Rt. 8 north to PA Rt. 27 at Titusville. PA Rt. 27 north to US Rt. 6 at Pittsfield. US Rt. 6 east to US Rt. 62 near Warren. US Rt. 62 north to New York/PA state line.

2G: From the intersection of US Rt. 6 and Rt. 872 near Coudersport, east on US Rt. 6 to US Rt. 15 at Mansfield. US Rt. 15 south to US Rt. 220 at Williamsport. US Rt. 220 west to I-80 to Rt. 255. North on Rt. 255 to Rt. 555 at Weedville. East on Rt. 555 to Rt. 120 at Driftwood North on Rt. 120 to Rt. 155 to Rt. 607 at Keating Summit. Southeast on Rt. 607 to Rt. 872 at Austin. North on Rt. 872 to US Rt. 6 intersection.

2H: From Lantz Corners, US Rt. 6 east to Coudersport. South on Rt. 872 to Austin. Northwest on Rt. 607 to Keating Summit, and then south on Rt. 155 to Rt. 120. Follow Rt. 120 south to Driftwood, and then west on Rt. 555 to Rt. 255 in Weedville. South on Rt. 255 to I-80. West on I-80 to US Rt. 219 near DuBois. North US Rt. 219 to Rt. 6 at Lantz Corners.

3A: From New York/PA state line, PA Rt. 14 south to US Rt. 6 near Troy. US Rt. 6 west to US Rt. 219 at Lantz Corners. US Rt. 219 north to New York/PA state line.

3B: From Mansfield, US Rt. 6 east to Susquehanna River at Towanda. Susquehanna River east to U.S. Rt. 6 at Tunkhannock. U.S. Rt. 6 east to I-81 near Scranton. I-81 south to PA Rt. 29 near Nanticoke. PA Rt. 29 north to PA Rt. 118 near Pikes Creek. PA Rt.118 west to PA Rt. 405 at Hughesville. PA Rt. 405 south to Susquehanna River at Muncy. Susquehanna River north to US Rt. 15 at Williamsport. US Rt. 15 north to US Rt. 6 at Mansfield.

3C: From New York/PA state line, PA Rt. 652 west to US Rt. 6 at Indian Orchard. US Rt. 6 west to Tunkhannock. The boundary between WMUs 3C and 3B between Tunkhannock and Towanda is the Susquehanna River. US Rt. 6 west to PA Rt. 14 near Troy. PA Rt. 14 north to New York/PA state line.

3D: From New Jersey/PA line, Portland Toll Bridge to PA Rt. 611 at Portland. PA Rt. 611 south to PA Rt. 512 near Mount Bethel. PA Rt. 512 west to PA Rt. 946 near Moorestown. PA Rt. 946 west to PA Rt. 248 near Berlinsville. PA Rt. 248 north to I-476. I-476 north to I-80 near White Haven. I-80 west to I-81 near Drums. I-81 north to US Rt. 6 near Scranton. US Rt. 6 east to PA Rt. 652 at Indian Orchard. PA Rt. 652 east to New York/PA state line. In the Scranton area, Industrial Rt. 6, the Casey Highway, is used for the boundary for WMUs 3C and 3D.

4A: Maryland/PA state line, US Rt. 220 north to I-99 near Bedford. I-99 north to US Rt. 22 near Hollidaysburg. US Rt. 22 east to US Rt. 522 near Mount Union. US Rt. 522 south to US Rt. 30 near McConnellsburg. US Rt. 30 east to PA Rt. 75 near Fort Loudon. PA Rt. 75 south to Maryland/PA state line.

4B: From MountUnion, US Rt. 22/522 east to Lewistown. From Lewistown, US Rt.22/322 east to PA Rt. 35 near Mifflintown. PA Rt. 35 east to PA Rt. 104 at Mount Pleasant Mills. PA Rt.104 south to intersection with US Rt.11/15. From this intersection, directly east to Susquehanna River. Susquehanna River south to I-81 near Harrisburg. I-81 south to I-76 near Carlisle. I-76 west to PA Rt. 997 near Newburg. PA Rt. 997 south to US Rt. 11 at Green Village. US Rt. 11 south to US Rt. 30 at Chambersburg. US Rt. 30 west to US Rt. 522 using the US Rt. 30 4-lane bypass north of McConnellsburg. US Rt. 522 north to US Rt. 22 at Mount Union.

4C: From Millersburg, US Rt. 209 east to I-81 near Joliett. 81 north to PA Rt. 61 near Frackville. PA Rt. 61 north to PA Rt. 42 at Centralia. PA Rt. 42 north to I-80 near Bloomsburg. I-80 east to I- 476 near White Haven. I-476 south to Rt. 248. Rt. 248 east to Rt. 873. Rt. 873 south to Rt. 309. Rt. 309 west to Rt. 143. Rt. 143 south to I-78. I-78 to I-81 to Susquehanna River near Harrisburg. Susquehanna River north to Millersburg ferry to US Rt. 209.

4D: From Williamsport, US Rt. 15 to Susquehanna River. Susquehanna River south to PA Rt. 45 at Lewisburg. PA Rt. 45 west to PA Rt.104 at Mifflinburg. PA Rt. 104 south to PA Rt. 35 at Mount Pleasant Mills. PA Rt. 35 west to US Rt. 22/322 near Mifflintown. US Rt. 22/322 west to Lewistown. From Lewistown, US Rt. 22/522 west to Mount Union. From Mount Union, US Rt. 22 west to PA Rt. 53 near Cresson. PA Rt. 53 north to I-80 near Kylertown. I-80 east to US Rt. 220 near Mackeyville. US Rt. 220 north to US Rt. 15 at Williamsport.

4E: From Muncy, PA Rt. 405 east to PA Rt. 118 at Hughesville. PA Rt. 118 east to PA Rt. 29 near Pikes Creek. PA Rt. 29 south to I-81 near Nanticoke. I-81 south to I-80. I-80 west to PA Rt. 42 near Bloomsburg. PA Rt. 42 south to PA Rt. 61 at Centralia. PA Rt. 61 south to I-81 near Frackville. I-81 south to US Rt. 209 near Joliett. US Rt. 209 west to Millersburg Ferry. From the Millersburg Ferry on the Susquehanna River north to a point directly east of the intersection of US Rts. 11 & 15 and PA Rt. 104. From this point, directly west to PA Rt. 104. PA Rt. 104 north to PA Rt. 45 at Mifflinburg. PA Rt. 45 east to Susquehanna River. Susquehanna River north to PA Rt. 405 at Muncy.

5A: From Maryland/PA state line, PA Rt. 75 north to US Rt. 30 at Fort Loudon. US Rt. 30 east to US Rt. 11 at Chambersburg. US Rt. 11 north to PA Rt. 997 at Green Village. PA Rt. 997 north to I-76 near Newburg. I-76 east to I-81 at Carlisle. I-81 east to US Rt. 15 near Harrisburg. US Rt. 15 south to PA Rt. 94 near York Springs. PA Rt. 94 south to Maryland/PA state line.

5B: From the Maryland/PA state line, PA Rt. 94 north to US Rt. 15 near York Springs. US Rt. 15 north to I-81 near Harrisburg. I-81 east to I-78 to PA Rt. 61 near Hamburg. Rt. 61 south to US Rt. 222 near Reading. Rt. 222 south to I-76. I-76 east to PA Rt. 10 near Morgantown. Rt. 10 south to PA Rt. 372 near Parkesburg. Rt. 372 west to the Octoraro Creek near Christiana and then south to the Maryland line.

5C: From Maryland/PA state line, north along the Octoraro Creek to Rt. 372. Rt. 372 east to PA Rt. 10 north to Interstate 76. I-76 west to US Rt. 222. Rt. 222 north to PA Rt. 61 west of Reading. Rt. 61 north to I-78 near Hamburg. I-78 east to Rt. 143. Rt. 143 north to Rt. 309. Rt. 309 south to PA Rt. 873 northwest of Allentown. Rt. 873 north to PA Rt. 248. Rt. 248 east to PA Rt. 946. Rt. 946 east to PA Rt. 512. Rt. 512 to PA Rt. 611 near Mount Bethel. Rt. 611 north to Portland Toll Bridge at Portland. Portland Toll Bridge east to New Jersey/PA state line. New Jersey/PA state line south to US Rt. 202 near New Hope. Rt. 202 south to Delaware/PA state line near Elam.

5D: From the New Jersey/PA state line near New Hope, US Rt. 202 south to Delaware/PA state line near Elam.

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     Seasons & Bag Limits

2013-14 PA Hunting & Trapping Digest

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Hunting Hours

Meridian Map for Hunting Hours
Use the map to determine if you need to add minutes to the times listed below.


Small & Big Game Hunting

Scroll down for Migratory Game Bird hunting hours.

June 30-July 6, 5:09a–9:02p
July 7 - 13, 5:13a–8:59p
July 14 - 20, 5:19a–8:55p
July 21 - 27, 5:25a–8:49p
July 28 - Aug 3, 5:31a–8:42p
Aug 4 - 10, 5:38a–8:33p
Aug 11 - 17, 5:44a–8:24p
Aug 18 - 24, 5:51a–8:14p
Aug 25 - 31, 5:58a–8:03p
Sept 1 - 7, 6:04a–7:52p
Sept 8 - 14, 6:11a–7:41p
Sept 15 - 21, 6:17a–7:29p
Sept 22 - 28, 6:24a–7:17p
Sept 29 - Oct 5, 6:31a–7:06p
Oct 6 - 12, 6:38a–6:55p
Oct 13 - 19, 6:45a–6:45p
Oct 20 - 26, 6:53a–6:35p
Oct 27- Nov 2, 7:01a–6:27p
*Nov 3 - Nov 9, 6:09a–5:21p
Nov 10 - 16, 6:17a–5:13p
Nov 17 - 23, 6:25a–5:09p
Nov 24 - 30, 6:32a–5:06p
Dec 1 - 7, 6:39a–5:05p
Dec 8 - 14, 6:45a–5:04p
Dec 15 - 21, 6:49a–5:09p
Dec 22 - 28, 6:52a–5:11p
Dec 29 - Jan 4, 6:53a–5:14p
Jan 5 - 11, 6:53a–5:20p
Jan 12 - 18, 6:51a–5:27p
Jan 19 - 25, 6:49a–5:35p
Jan 26 - Feb 1, 6:44a–5:43p
Feb 2 - 8, 6:38a–5:51p
Feb 9 - 15, 6:31a–6:00p
Feb 16 - 22, 6:22a–6:08p
Feb 23 - Mar 1, 6:13a–6:14p
Mar 2 - 8, 6:02a–6:24p
*Mar 9 - 15, 6:52a–7:31p
Mar 16 - 22, 6:41a–7:38p
Mar 23 - 29, 6:29a–7:46p
Mar 30 - Apr 5, 6:18a–7:53p
Apr 6 - 12, 6:07a–8:00p
Apr 13 - 19, 5:56a–8:07p
Apr 20 - 26, 5:46a–8:14p
Apr 27 - May 3, 5:36a–8:20p
May 4 - 10, 5:27a–8:28p
May 11 - 17, 5:19a–8:35p
May 18 - 24, 5:13a–8:42p
May 25 - 31, 5:08a–8:48p
June 1 - 7, 5:04a–8:53p
June 8 - 14, 5:02a–8:58p
June 15 - 21, 5:02a–9:01p
June 22 - 28, 5:04a–9:03p
June 29 - July 5, 5:08a-9:02p

* Daylight Saving Time


Migratory Game Bird Hunting

Hunting hours for all migratory birds, including Canada geese, close at sunset on the 2 youth waterfowl days.

Sept 1 - 7, 6:04a–7:22p
Sept 8 - 14, 6:11a–7:11p
Sept 15 - 21, 6:17a–6:59p
Sept 22 - 28, 6:24a–6:47p
Sept 29 - Oct 5, 6:31a–6:36p
Oct 6 - 12, 6:38a–6:25p
Oct 13 - 19, 6:45a–6:15p
Oct 20- 26, 6:53a–6:05p
Oct 27 - Nov 2, 7:01a–5:57p
*Nov 3 - 9, 6:09a–4:51p
Nov 10 - 16, 6:17a–4:43p
Nov 17 - 23, 6:25a–4:39p
Nov 24 - 30, 6:32a–4:36p
Dec 1 - 7, 6:39a–4:35p
Dec 8 - 14, 6:45a–4:34p
Dec 15 - 21, 6:49a–4:39p
Dec 22 - 28, 6:52a–4:41p
Dec 29 - Jan 4, 6:53a–4:44p
Jan 5 - 11, 6:53a–4:50p
Jan 12 - 18, 6:51a–4:57p
Jan 19 - 25, 6:49a–5:05p
Jan 26 - Feb 1, 6:44a–5:13p
Feb 2 - 8, 6:38a–5:21p
Feb 9 - 15, 6:31a–5:30p
Feb 16 - 22, 6:22a–5:38p
Feb 23 - Mar 1, 6:13a–5:44p
Mar 2 - 8, 6:02a–5:54p
*Mar 9 - 15, 6:52a–7:01p
Mar 16 - 22, 6:41a–7:08p
Mar 23 - 29, 6:29a–7:16p
Mar 30 - Apr 5, 6:18a–7:23p
Apr 6 - 12, 6:07a–7:30p
Apr 13-19, 5:56a–7:37p
Apr 20-26, 5:46a-7:44p

* Daylight Saving Time

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Report Your harvest

Every time a hunter or trapper reports a harvest, wildlife management in the Commonwealth gets better.

Have your Customer Identification Number (CID—hunting license number) and field harvest tag information available. You may report multiple harvests in one call or PALS visit.

Two ways to report on your mobile device:

1. Call toll-free:

1-855-724-8681 or
1-855-PAHUNT

2. Report online:

Pennsylvania Automated License System
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Bear Check Stations

Hours: Sat. Nov. 23, 10 a.m.- 9 p.m.; Sun. Nov. 24, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m.; Mon. Nov. 25, Tues. Nov. 26, 10 a.m.- 8 p.m. & Wed. Nov. 27, 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.

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Elk Check Station

Clearfield County: PGC Maintenance Building along the Quehanna Highway, about 3.5 miles south of the intersection with Wycoff Run Road about 4.5 miles north of Karthaus — 41.1901 N, 78.14594 W

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       After You Harvest a Deer

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Tagging your deer

  1. Make sure you're using this year's Licenses and Tags.
  2. Look at the icons in the upper-left corner that identify the animal to make sure you are using the correct tag.
  3. Do not attach the license to the deer. Attach only the panel with the word 'Tag' on it. You will need the license to report the correct tag. If you have more than one antlerless license, take care to report the one you used.
  4. Tags are pre-punched with 2 holes for your convenience when attaching the tag.
  5. A ball point pen is recommended for filling out the tag.

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           Post-harvest venison care

Improperly field-dressing a deer carcass and warm weather can impact the quality of venison quickly.

After properly tagging and field dressing your deer, you should cool it down as soon as possible. Consider skinning the deer and hanging the carcass in the shade, refrigerating it or placing a bag of ice in the body cavity. Never place a deer carcass - with or without the hide on it - in direct sunlight.


Removing the hide is easier if the front legs are cut off at the wrists, and the rear legs are removed just below the knee joint, with a saw. Use a knife to cut the hide from where each leg was sawed off at the wrist, back to the body trunk. Cutting the rear legs at the joint also makes it easier to hang a carcass on a gambrel or meat hooks. Hang the carcass by the large tendons on the back legs.

Next, pull the hide from the carcass, starting at the rear end and working downward toward the head. Peal it from the hind-quarters first, then cut the tailbone and pull it down to the shoulders. Work the hide over the shoulders and pull it away from the legs. Finally, pull the hide down the neck as close to the base of the skull as possible and cut the carcass free from the head with a clean saw. Remove the trachea.

The hide-free carcass should be wiped off immediately. If you use water to clean the cavity or carcass, dry the meat immediately. Wet or damp meat spoils more quickly and is more prone to bacteria. Rinsing meat with water also can hasten the spread of bacteria. Any blood clotting and hair should be removed. It's a good idea to remove large fatty deposits to improve the quality of your meat. It helps lessen that "game taste" some people dislike about venison.

Following these steps will prepare your carcass for hanging in a meat processor's refrigerator, or quartering and placing it in your refrigerator. If the air temperature is above 50 degrees, hunters should get their carcass refrigerated as soon as possible.


De-boning the carcass. These cuts are relatively simple and can be made while the deer is hanging or from a plastic sheet-covered table. Use a plastic fluorescent light cover for an inexpensive cutting board. They can be purchased at any home supplies store. First, remove the front shoulders with a filleting knife. This can be done without cutting a bone by cutting behind the shoulder-blade. Next, remove the meat from the shoulder with a filleting knife.

Hindquarters can be removed from the carcass by using a saw. If you plan to have steaks or jerky made from them, don't make any cuts. Leave them intact.

Inside the body cavity, against the backbone, are the tenderloins, considered the best cut of meat on a deer. Use your hand, and a knife when necessary, to pull them free. Outside the cavity, along the backbone, are the loin muscles or back-straps, which also are outstanding cuts. Using a filleting knife, slide the blade along the spine to separate each back-strap and then finish each piece by cutting in along the top of the ribs and under the muscle to the first cut you've made.

The remainder of the carcass can be de-boned with a filleting knife. Try to trim fat from meat where you can and wipe off blood whenever it is encountered. De-boning can be done relatively quickly, but remember, every ounce of meat you remove increases your trimmings for sausage, bologna, meat sticks or other products. De-boned meat can be taken to a meat processor immediately, or frozen and taken later. Hindquarters may be frozen for processing later as jerky or dried venison. Steaks should be cut fresh.



Transporting & Processing Game


Kitchen Processing


Freezing Tips

For more information about food safety, contact Penn State’s Department of Food Science at 814-865-5444 or visit Penn State’s food safety website at extension.psu.edu/food-safety. The information above is a summary of their 'Proper Care and Handling of Venison from Field to Table' document.
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               Deer weight estimating chart

This chart will help you estimate your deer's live weight, field dressed weight & edible meat weight. All estimates are in pounds.

Measure the chest/girth just behind the deer's front legs.

Girth (in.)
Live Wt.
Dressed Wt.
Edible Meat
20
37
26
18
21
41
29
20
22
45
32
22
23
50
35
24
24
55
38
27
25
61
43
29
26
66
49
30
27
71
53
31
28
77
59
34
29
82
64
36
30
90
70
39
31
98
74
42
32
102
80
45
33
110
87
50
34
118
91
54
35
126
99
57
36
135
104
61
37
146
115
66
38
157
126
71
39
169
135
74
40
182
144
80
41
195
156
88
42
210
170
94
43
228
182
103
44
244
198
110
45
267
214
120
46
290
233
130
47
310
251
139
48
340
272
153

* The above chart was produced with information collected Department of Dairy and Animal Science, and the Pennsylvania Game Commission.

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Field Dressing

Bring These Items When You Hunt


Field Dressing


Hints for Field Dressing

For more information about food safety, contact Penn State’s Department of Food Science at 814-865-5444 or visit Penn State’s food safety website at extension.psu.edu/food-safety. The information above is a summary of their 'Proper Care and Handling of Venison from Field to Table' document.
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Deer aging video

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    Seasons & Bag Limits

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Migratory Game Birds

2013-14 Migratory Game Birds Seasons and Bag Limits

Please consult the 2013-14 Pennsylvania Guide to Migratory Game Bird Seasons & Bag Limits for more details.

Ducks, sea ducks, coots & mergansers
North Zone: Oct 12-Nov 30, & Dec 24-Jan 11.
South Zone: Oct 19-26, & Nov 15-Jan 15.
Northwest Zone: Oct 12-Dec 14, & Dec 27-Jan 1.
Lake Erie Zone: Oct 28-Jan 4.


Total Duck Bag Limits: 6 daily, 18 in possession of any species, except for the following restrictions: daily limit may not include more than 4 mallards including 2 hen mallards, 2 scaup, 1 black duck, 3 wood ducks, 2 redheads, 2 canvasback, 2 pintails, 1 mottled duck, 1 fulvous whistling duck and 4 scoters. Possession limits are triple the daily limits.

Merganser Bag Limits: 5 daily, 15 in possession (not more than 2 hooded mergansers daily, 6 hooded in possession).

Coot Bag Limits: 15 daily, 45 in possession.


Canada Goose (including white-fronted geese)

September Canada Goose Season: A statewide season from Sept 2-25; 3 daily, 9 in possession (SJBP zone); 8 daily, 24 in possession (rest of state); exceptions:

1.) In the area south of SR 198 from the Ohio state line to intersection of SR 18, SR 18 south to SR 618, SR 618 south to US Route 6, US Route 6 east to US Route 322/SR 18, US Route 322/SR 18 west to intersection of SR 3013, SR 3013 south to the Crawford/Mercer County line. The daily bag limit is 1, possession limit 3; except on SGL 214 where the season is closed to September goose hunting.
2.) Canada geese may be taken on Pymatuning State Park Reservoir and an area to extend 100 yards inland from the shoreline of the reservoir, excluding the area east of SR 3011 (Hartstown Road). The daily bag limit is 3, possession limit of 9.
3.) In the area of Lancaster and Lebanon counties north of the Pennsylvania Turnpike I-76, east of SR 501 to SR 419, south of SR 419 to Lebanon-Berks county line, west of Lebanon-Berks county line and the Lancaster-Berks county line to SR 1053 (also known as Peartown Road and Greenville Road), west of SR 1053 to Pennsylvania Turnpike I-76, the daily bag limit is 1, possession limit 3; except on SGL 46 (Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area) where the season is closed.

Note: Exceptions 1 and 3 do not apply to youth participation on youth waterfowl days Sept. 14 and Sept. 21, when regular season regulations apply. Hunting hours for all migratory birds, including Canada geese, close at sunset on the two youth waterfowl days.


Pennsylvania’s other Canada goose season lengths and bag limits vary by zone.

Resident Population Goose Zone (RP): All of Pennsylvania, excluding the Southern James Bay Population Zone and the Atlantic Population Zone. The season is Oct 26-Nov 30, Dec 18-Jan 15, and Feb 1-28, with a 5-goose daily bag limit; 15-goose possession limit.

Southern James Bay Population Zone (SJBP): That area north of I-80 and west of I-79 including in the city of Erie west of Bay Front Parkway to and including the Lake Erie Duck zone (Lake Erie, Presque Isle and the area within 150 yards of Lake Erie shoreline). The season is Oct 12-Nov 30, Dec 16-Jan 24, with a 3-goose daily limit; 9-goose possession limit.

Atlantic Population Zone (AP): That area east of SR 97 from the Maryland state line to the intersection of SR 194, east of SR 194 to intersection of US 30, south of US 30 to SR 441, east of SR 441 to SR 743, east of SR 743 to intersection of I-81, east of I-81 to intersection of I-80, south of I-80 to New Jersey state line. The season is Nov 15-30 and Dec 16-Jan 25, with a 3-goose daily limit; 9-goose possession limit. Exception: The controlled hunting areas at the Middle Creek WMA and all of SGL 46 in Lebanon-Lancaster counties has a daily bag limit of one, and possession limit of three during the regular Canada goose season.


Brant (All Zones):

Oct 12-Nov 15, 2 daily, 6 in possession.


Light Geese (Snow Geese and Ross’ Geese)

Advisory: Snow Goose Conservation Season lengths vary from Zone to Zone and in addition to a hunting license, migratory game bird license and a federal duck stamp, you must have a Snow Goose Conservation Hunt Permit to participate.

Atlantic Population Zone:
Oct 1-Jan 25 and during the Conservation Hunt, Jan 27–April 25; 25 daily, no possession limit.

Southern James Bay Population Zone:
Oct 1-Jan 24 and during the Conservation Hunt: Jan 25-April 25; 25 daily, no possession limit.

Resident Population Zone: Oct 28-Feb 28 and during the Conservation Hunt: March 1–April 25; 25 daily, no possession limit.


Harlequin Ducks, and Tundra & Trumpeter Swans:

No open season.


Pymatuning Wildlife Management Area: Shooting days at Pymatuning are Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, one-half hour before sunrise to 12:30 p.m. Ducks: Oct. 12, 14, 16, 18, 19, 21, 23, 25, 26, 28 and 30; Nov. 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 9, 11, 13, 15, 16, 18, 20, 22, 23, 25, 27, 29 and 30; and Dec. 2, 4, 6, 7, 9, 11, 13, 14, 27, 28 and 30. Geese: Oct. 12, 14, 16, 18, 19, 21, 23, 25, 26, 28 and 30; Nov. 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 9, 11, 13, 15, 16, 18, 20, 22, 23, 25, 27, 29 and 30 (junior-only day); Dec. 16, 18, 20, 21, 23, 27, 28 and 30; and Jan. 3, 4, 6, 8, 10, 11, 13, 15, 17, 18, 20, 22 and 24.

Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area: Shooting days are Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Shooting hours are one-half hour before sunrise to 1:30 p.m. Geese only: Jan. 16, 18, 21, 23, and 25. Geese and ducks: Nov. 16 (junior-only day), 19, 21, 23, 26, 28 and 30; Dec. 17, 19, 21, 24, 26, 28, and 31; and Jan. 2, 4,7, 9, 11, and 14.

Junior Waterfowl Hunting Days (Statewide): (Statewide): Saturday, Sept. 14 and 21. Open to licensed junior hunters ages 12-15, when properly accompanied, for ducks, mergansers, gallinules and coots, and Canada goose as permitted. Same daily bag limits as regular season. Hunting hours to close at sunset. Blinds will not be open for these two days at Middle Creek or Pymatuning WMAs.


Webless Migratory Bird Seasons and Daily Bag Limits

Doves: Sept 2-28, Oct 26-Nov 30 and Dec 16-Jan 1; daily limit 15; possession limit 45. During the Sept 2-28 portion of the dove season, hunting hours are noon to sunset. During the second and third splits, hunting hours are one-half hour before sunrise to sunset.

Woodcock: Oct 19-Nov 30; daily limit 3, possession limit 9.

Common snipe: Oct 19-Nov 30; daily limit 8, possession limit 24.

Virginia and sora rails: Sept 2-Nov 9; daily limit 3, possession limit 9. Bag limits singly or combined. The season for king and clapper rails is closed.

Gallinules: Sept 2-Nov 9; daily limit 3, possession limit 9.

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Small Game

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Squirrels
Red, Gray, Black and Fox (Combined)

 

Ruffed Grouse-Statewide

 

Rabbit (Cottontail)

 

Pheasant

 

Bobwhite Quail

 

Hares (Snowshoe Rabbits or Varying Hares)

 

Porcupines

 

Groundhogs (Woodchucks)

 

Crows

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Big Game

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Wild Turkey (Male or Female)

 

Spring Gobbler (Bearded bird only)

*Second Spring Gobbler may be taken only by persons who possess a valid special wild turkey license. A second spring turkey license can be purchased BEFORE the start of the regular spring turkey season (May 2, 2014). Hunting Hours are from one half hour before sunrise until noon from May 3-May 17, and then from one half hour before sunrise until one half hour after sunset from May 19-31.

 

Black Bear

 

Elk (Antlered or Antlerless) with required license

 

Deer

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Furbearers

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Hunting

Foxes(Red and Gray, statewide, Sundays included*)

 

Skunks, Opossums, Weasels, Coyotes

 

Raccoons (Statewide)

 

Bobcat


Trapping

Raccoons, Skunks, Opossums, Foxes, Weasels and Coyotes

 

Coyotes and Foxes (Cable restraint devices may be used)

 

Minks and Muskrats

 

Beavers (Statewide)

 

Bobcat

 

Fisher

*During the regular antlered and antlerless deer seasons, Dec 2-Dec 14, and any extensions thereof, it shall be unlawful to hunt any other wild bird or animal (except coyotes if the hunter has a valid, unused deer tag) from one half hour before sunrise to one half hour after sunset — migratory waterfowl and game birds on regulated shooting grounds are excepted. During bear season, coyote hunters must have a valid, unused bear tag to lawfully hunt coyotes. With the exception of coyotes, hunting during spring turkey season, May 3-May 31, for species other than turkeys is prohibited during the hours of spring turkey hunting, and coyote hunters must have a valid, unused spring turkey tag and meet shot size requirements. With the exception of foxes and coyotes, furbearers may not be hunted on Sundays.

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