Pennsylvania Hunting News

Pennsylvania Hunter Exposed to Rabies by Field Dressing Deer

Pennsylvania Game Commission officials today announced that a Lancaster County hunter has undergone post-exposure rabies shots after harvesting and field dressing a deer on Jan. 20, in Valley Township, Chester County, that ultimately tested positive for rabies.

“The hunter contacted us about his concerns that the deer was unfit for human consumption,” said John Veylupek, Game Commission Wildlife Conservation Officer (WCO).

Pennsylvania Preliminary 2011 Bear Harvest Ranks Second

Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director Carl G. Roe today announced preliminary bear harvest results from the state’s three recently concluded seasons show that hunters harvested 3,968 bears, which would rank the total harvest as the second highest in Pennsylvania history.

Upcoming Outdoor Event for Women

The Blue Mountain chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation will host a Women in the Outdoors event on March 10, 2012 at Cabela's in Hamburg, Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania Game Commission Posts Deer Aging Video on Youtube Account

Two things many hunters want to know about almost any deer they take are its age and weight. The Pennsylvania Game Commission, through its website, is offering some free tools to guide hunters in determining their deer’s age and weight.

To help hunters learn how Game Commission biologists determine the age of a white-tailed deer, the agency has posted a link to a seven-minute and 38-second video on its “YouTube” account demonstrating the technique used to identify deer that are six months old, 18 months old and 30 months old or older.

Pennsylvania Countdown to Deer Season has Begun

Pennsylvania’s only unofficial holiday - the Monday after Thanksgiving –marks the opening day of the two-week general deer season, and will feature nearly 750,000 individuals sporting fluorescent orange throughout Penn’s Woods, according to Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director Carl G. Roe.

Hunters Harvest 53 Elk in 2011 in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director Carl G. Roe today announced that 53 of the 57 licensed elk hunters were successful during the 2011 elk seasons. Of that total, 19 were antlered elk and 34 were antlerless elk.

Elk Escape From Captive Cervid Facility in Pennsylvania Near West Virginia Border

The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (WVDNR) has confirmed with officials from the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (PDA) that at least two elk, including one adult bull and one cow, have escaped from a captive cervid facility (deer and elk farms) in Greene County, Pa.  Greene County shares a common border with Marshall, Wetzel and Monongalia counties in West Virginia. The elk escaped from a captive cervid facility located approximately three miles from the West Virginia-Pennsylvania border.

Pennsylvania Game Commission Participates in USMC 'Toys for Tots' Program

Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director Carl G. Roe today announced that the agency is again participating in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves’ "Toys for Tots" program by opening the doors of the Game Commission’s Harrisburg headquarters to serve as a drop-off collection site.

Four-Day Statewide Bear Season Part of New Line Up for Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Game Commission officials said bear hunters will be able to enjoy a new four-day statewide bear season, in addition to a full-week of archery bear season and a return of extended bear seasons in certain Wildlife Management Units (WMUs) during the first week of the firearms deer season.

Pennsylvania Furtaker Seasons Highlighted by Split Bobcat Season

A split season for bobcat trappers and hunters highlight this year’s furbearer seasons, according to Pennsylvania Game Commission officials.

In April, the Board of Game Commissioners established a separate bobcat trapping season (Dec. 17-Jan. 8) and hunting season (Jan. 17-Feb. 7). However, both seasons only will be open in Wildlife Management Units 2A, 2C, 2E, 2F, 2G, 3A, 3B, 3C, 3D, 4A, 4D and 4E.

Trappers also will have the opportunity to participate in the second season to harvest a fishers, which will be held Dec. 17-22 in WMUs 2C 2D, 2E and 2F.