Pennsylvania Hunting News

Pennsylvania Opens Youth Mentored Hunts to Antlerless Deer

Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director Carl G. Roe praised the General Assembly for approving a bill that would allow for one antlerless deer license per license year to be transferred to youth participating in the Mentored Youth Hunting Program.

Senate Bill 274, sponsored by Senate Game and Fisheries Committee Chairman Richard Alloway II, was unanimously approved by the Senate on May 2, and was unanimously approved in the House on June 15. The bill will be sent to Gov. Tom Corbett's desk to await his action.

Pennsylvania Doe Licenses Available July 11

With general hunting license sales underway, Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director Carl G. Roe reminded hunters that county treasurers will begin accepting antlerless deer license applications from resident hunters starting Monday, July 11; and from nonresidents beginning Monday, July 25.

Pennsylvania DCNR Forests, Parks Participate in Deer Management Assistance Program

Deer hunters again will find greater hunting opportunities in state forests and parklands participating in the Game Commission's Deer Management Assistance Program, or DMAP.  The DMAP areas allow hunters an additional week of antlerless hunting opportunities in the participating areas.

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources' website will also provide hunters with a wealth of information designed to boost their success.

Pennsylvania 2011-12 Hunting and Furtaker Licenses on Sale June 13th

Beginning Monday, June 13, Pennsylvania hunting and furtaker licenses for the 2011-12 seasons will go on sale, according to Carl G. Roe, agency executive director. Licenses will be available through the Game Commission's Pennsylvania Automated License System (PALS), over-the-counter at all Game Commission region offices and the Harrisburg headquarters, as well as the more than 600 in-state and out-of-state issuing agents.

Pennsylvania GC and Pittsburgh Pirates Team Up to Offer discount

The Pennsylvania Game Commission and the Pittsburgh Pirates are teaming up this year to offer an exclusive discount to Pirates fans with a Pennsylvania hunting or furtaker license.

Advance purchase of outfield box seats for select Friday night games – July 8 and 22, Aug. 5 and 19, and Sept. 9 and 23 – at PNC Park will be $18, and include a limited edition Pirates hat and T-shirt. All tickets must be ordered at least one week prior to the game, and only orders purchased together will be seated together.

Pennsylvania Game Commissioners Set to Meet June 27-28

Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director Carl G. Roe today announced that the Board of Game Commissioners will hold its upcoming meeting on June 27-28, in the auditorium of the agency's Harrisburg headquarters at 2001 Elmerton Ave., just off the Progress Avenue exit of Interstate 81 in Harrisburg.

On Monday, June 27, the Board will gather public comments and hear Game Commission staff reports beginning at 8:30 a.m. Doors will open at 7:45 a.m. Registration for those interested in offering public testimony – limited to five minutes – also will begin at that time.

Pennsylvania Full-Day Turkey Hunt Hours Begin May 16th

Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director Carl G. Roe reminded spring gobbler hunters they can take advantage of full-day hunting – from one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset – beginning Monday, May 16.

Pennsylvania Harvest Reports Can Be Phoned In

Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director Carl G. Roe today announced that, just in time for the 2011 spring gobbler season, hunters can add toll-free telephone reporting to the list of methods of submitting harvest reports to the agency beginning Monday, April 25. The Interactive Voice Response (IVR) harvest reporting system telephone number is 1-855-PAHUNT1 (1-855-724-8681).

Permit Required for State Game Land Shooting Ranges in Pennsylvania

Beginning April 1st, those who visit one of the State Game Lands public shooting ranges will need to obtain either a new $30 range use permit or be in possession of a current general hunting or furtaker license, according to Pennsylvania Game Commission officials.

Pennsylvania Lifts Protection on Feral hogs

Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director Carl G. Roe announced he has lifted protection on feral swine in Bedford County and has issued an updated executive order to allow for the incidental taking of feral swine statewide by licensed hunters.