Pennsylvania Hunting Seasons, 2016-2017


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 (Statewide) Oct. 1-Nov. 12, Dec. 26-Jan. 14
(Specific Areas) Sept. 17- Nov. 26, Dec. 26-Jan. 28*
Regular Firearms (Statewide Antlerless) Oct. 20-22
(Specific Areas) Nov. 28-Dec. 3*
Muzzleloading Oct. 15-Dec. 20*
Flintlock (Statewide) Dec. 26-Jan. 14
(Specific Areas) Dec. 26-Jan. 28*
Extended Regular Firearms, Antlerless Dec. 26-Jan. 28*
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. 31-Nov. 5
Extended Season Nov. 7-12

Black Bear Seasons

Archery (Statewide) Nov. 14-18
(Specific Areas) Sept. 17-Nov. 18*
Regular Firearms (Statewide) Nov. 19-23
(Specific Areas) Nov. 28-Dec. 10*
Muzzleloading Oct. 15-22 in some areas*
Special Firearms Oct. 20-22

*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. 29-Nov. 26*
Spring Turkey, Special Season Apr. 22
Spring Turkey Apr. 29-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 (Special Season) Oct. 1-15
(Regular Season) Oct. 15-Nov. 26
Dec. 12-24
Dec. 26-Feb. 28
Ruffed Grouse Oct. 15-Nov. 26
Dec. 12-24
Dec. 26-Jan. 21
Cottontail Rabbit (Special Season) Oct. 1-15
(Regular Season) Oct. 15-Nov. 26
Dec. 12-24
Dec. 26-Feb. 28
Bobwhite Quail Oct. 22-Nov. 26
Pheasant (Special Season) Oct. 8-15
(Regular Season) Oct. 22-Nov. 26
Dec. 12-24
Dec. 26-Feb. 28
Hare Dec. 26-31
Woodchucks (Groundhogs) Open Season, excluding Sundays and the regular firearms deer season
Porcupines Sept. 1-Mar. 31
Crow July 1-Apr. 9

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