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In addition to the upcoming junior pheasant season, which will be held Oct. 6-13, the Pennsylvania Game Commission has established other special seasons for those 12 to 16 years of age, who can hunt either with or without a hunting license.

Carl G. Roe, Game Commission executive director, noted that the junior rabbit season will run concurrently with the junior pheasant season, from Oct. 6-13.

“As pheasants and rabbits inhabit similar habitat and can both be pursued using bird or rabbit hunting dogs, running these two seasons together broadens the opportunity and excitement for younger hunters,” Roe said.  “Experienced hunters with dogs are encouraged to pass along our state’s hunting heritage by serving as mentors for junior hunters.  In fact, the Game Commission has published a new planning guide to assist individual hunters or conservation organi

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zations that host guided hunts for eligible junior hunters.”

To view a copy of the new manual, go to the Game Commission website (www.pgc.state.pa.us), click on “Education” in the menu bar at the top of the homepage, select “Special Hunts” in the “Special Events and Programs,” and then choose “Youth/Junior Hunt Planning Guide” in the “Special Hunt Guides.”

Other junior-only seasons in which participating junior-aged hunters are not required to first obtain a license are for squirrel (Oct. 6-12) and waterfowl (Sept. 15 and 22).  While they are not required to purchase a license, participating youth must first pass a basic Hunter-Trapper Education course.

Junior-only seasons in which participating youth must pass a basic Hunter-Trapper Education course and obtain the required licenses are: antlerless deer (Oct. 18-20) and spring gobbler day (April 20).

Roe also noted junior license holders’ antler restrictions require that a legal buck must have one antler of more than three inches in length or one antler with at least two points.


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