Is It Hunting Season in PA? What You Need to Know Before Taking the Field


As the fall season approaches, many Pennsylvanians are wondering if it’s hunting season yet. Hunting is a popular pastime in Pennsylvania, with over 1 million licensed hunters taking to the woods each year. In this blog post, we will explore whether or not it is currently hunting season in PA.

Hunting Seasons in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania has various hunting seasons throughout the year for different game species. Some of the most popular include deer, turkey, bear, and small game like rabbits and squirrels. Each species has its own designated hunting season that is determined by the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC). The PGC regulates these seasons to ensure sustainable populations of wildlife while still allowing for a thriving hunting community.

When Does Hunting Season Start?

The start date for each specific hunting season can vary from year to year but generally follows a set schedule. For instance, archery deer season typically starts during late September or early October and runs until mid-November. Firearms deer season usually begins after Thanksgiving Day and lasts approximately two weeks.

Checking Hunting Season Dates

It’s important to keep up-to-date with any changes that may occur within your selected species’ respective hunting calendar before venturing out into nature. You can check on current regulations by visiting the PGC website or picking up a Digest of Hunting & Trapping Regulations publication at your local sporting goods store or outdoors shop.


In conclusion: yes! It is indeed currently possible for hunters to pursue certain game animals within their respective legal seasons here in Pennsylvania; however, be sure you have all necessary permits beforehand as well as proper equipment including licenses and tags required by law – failing which could lead one facing serious consequences such as fines and revoked privileges/licensing permissions/etcetera etcetera ad infinitum (you get the idea!). Stay vigilant out there, and happy hunting!