Pennsylvania Hunting Seasons, 2017-2018


Bag game large and small during the Pennsylvania hunting seasons. The 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.

Deer Seasons

Archery & Crossbow Sept. 16-Jan. 27*
Regular Firearms Nov. 27-Dec. 9*
Muzzleloading Oct. 14-21*
Flintlock Dec. 26-Jan. 13*
Extended Regular Firearms, Antlerless Dec. 26-Jan. 27*
Military Bases, Antlerless As determined by U.S. Army

*Additional 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.


Elk Seasons

General Season Oct. 30-Nov. 4
Extended Season Nov. 6-11

Black Bear Seasons

Archery Sept. 30-Nov. 4*
Regular Firearms Nov. 18-Dec. 9*
Muzzleloading Oct. 14-21
Special Firearms Season Oct. 19-21

*Start and end dates vary by region. For specific dates within your region,visit the Pennsylvania Game Commission website.

Wild Turkey Seasons

Fall Turkey Oct. 28-Nov. 25*
Spring Turkey (Bearded only) Apr. 21
Spring Turkey, Youth Hunt (Bearded only) Apr. 28-May. 31

*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

Small Game Seasons

Squirrel Sept. 30-Nov. 25
Dec. 11-23
Dec. 26-Feb. 28
Ruffed Grouse Oct. 14-Nov. 25
Dec. 11-23
Cottontail Rabbit (Special Season) Sept. 30-Oct. 14
(Regular Season) Oct. 14-Nov. 25
Dec. 11-23
Dec. 26-Feb. 28
Bobwhite Quail Oct. 14-Feb. 28
Pheasant Oct. 21-Nov. 25
Dec. 11-23
Dec. 26-Feb. 28
Hare Dec. 26-Jan. 1
Woodchucks (Groundhogs) Open Season, excluding Sundays and the regular firearms deer season
Porcupines Sept. 1-Mar. 31
Crow July 1-Apr. 8

*Special seasons are reserved for youth hunts, senior hunters 65 and older, persons with disabilities and active military personnel