Pennsylvania firearm deer season begins this week

(WHTM) – Pennsylvania firearm deer season begins this week and includes a Sunday hunting day.

The season officially begins on Saturday November 26th and lasts until December 10th. No hunting is allowed on Sunday December 4th, but you can hunt on Sunday November 27th.

According to the National Deer Association, Pennsylvania ranked second in the nation for buck harvest per square mile three times over the 10 hunting seasons between 2011 and 2020.

Hunters may shoot an antlerless stag with a general hunting license. this costs $20.97 for adult residents and $101.97 for adult non-residents.

In order to capture an antlered deer, a Pennsylvania hunter must possess either a valid antlered deer license or a valid Deer Management Assistance Program permit. A supervised hunter under the age of 7 cannot apply for their own antlerless license or DMAP permit, but may harvest an antlerless stag if an antlerless license or DMAP permit is conferred upon them by a mentor at the time of harvest.

Fees for the supervised hunting permit are $2.97 for residents and foreigners under the age of 12; $6.97 for residents 12 to 16; $41.97 for nonresidents ages 12 to 16; $20.97 for residents 17 and older; and $101.97 for nonresidents 17 years and older.

Hunters ages 12 and older who are certified through the Game Commission’s Hunter-Trapper Education program may qualify to obtain general hunting licenses.

Certified hunters ages 12-16 can purchase junior licenses, the cheapest of which are $6.97 for residents and $41.97 for non-residents.

Those with a senior lifetime license must purchase a new, free, deer antler crop badge each year.

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Hunters shooting a deer must place a valid tag on the ear – not antlers – before moving the deer. Hunters must then report their harvest to the Game Commission within 10 days. Harvests can be reported online at www.huntfish.pa.gov, by phone at 1-800-838-4431, or by mail in the prepaid cards included with the summary.

For a full breakdown of antler restrictions, limits and other regulations, according to the Game Commission, hunters should read the 2022-23 Pennsylvania Hunting & Trapping Digest, available online at the Game Commission’s website at www.pgc.pa.gov.

“Pennsylvania’s firearm hunting season draws more than 600,000 hunters to Penn’s Woods each year, and it’s not hard to see why,” said Bryan Burhans, executive director of the Game Commission. “A productive stag herd that includes a high proportion of mature bucks spread across the Commonwealth thanks to antler point restrictions, coupled with a season as user-friendly as any we have offered, sets the stage for an exciting time. I can barely wait for it.”

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