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CELEBRATING 100 YEARS OF PENNSYLVANIA'S STATE GAME LAND SYSTEM

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On June 15, 2020, Pennsylvania’s State Game Lands System turned 100 years old! To celebrate, Pennsylvania Game Commission Wildlife Habitat Management Bureau Director Pete Sussenbach joined us on Call of the Outdoors and shared a lot of details about our game lands system, which totals more than 1.5 MILLION acres of land today, [which is more than the entire state of Delaware]!

 

Listen to Call of the Outdoors here or on any of the following Podcast locations. IHeart Radio, Apple Podcasts, Google Play Store, Spotify and Stitcher

NEW 2020/21 HUNTING LICENSES GO ON SALE JUNE 22, 2020

Check with your local license vendor or purchase online here.

NEW OPPORTUNITIES FOR 2020/21 PENNSYLVANIA HUNTERS 

  • ​​Extended statewide archery deer season to end Nov. 20th, giving archery hunters more opportunity to hunt the rut. 
  • Issuing 15% more elk licenses in 2020/21 (including 5 additional archery bull licenses) compared to the 2019/20 hunting season.

  • Statewide squirrel season to start on Sept. 12, 2020.

  • Adopted a 12-day concurrent firearms deer season in 10 WMUs, which include: 2B, 2C, 2D, 2E, 4A, 4B, 4D, 5A, 5C, and 5D. Within these WMUs, the concurrent season will open Saturday, November 28, include a day of Sunday deer hunting on November 29, and run until December 12. The remaining WMUs (1A, 1B, 2A, 2F, 2G, 2H, 3A, 3B, 3C, 3D, 4C, 4E, and 5B) will continue to have a split firearm deer season with a seven-day antlered deer season the first week, followed by a seven day concurrent season the second week.

  • All mentor hunters will be able to hunt the same species (no differentiation with age class). Mentored hunters 7 and older will be issued deer and turkey tags, and mentored hunters 7 and older can apply for their own antlerless deer, DMAP, migratory bird and pheasant permits.

  • Statewide general bear season to run from Saturday through Tuesday –adding an additional Sunday opportunity for bear hunters.

  • Bringing back a three-day Thanksgiving turkey season, running Wednesday through Friday, in select Wildlife Management Units (WMUs); removing the Thanksgiving turkey season in WMUs 1A, 2A, 4A, 4B, 4D and 4E, but making the regular season two weeks (Oct. 31-Nov. 14) instead of one.

  • Increasing the bear hunting opportunities for archers by adding a week to the archery bear season and creating an overlap in the first week with the muzzleloader deer and bear seasons.

  • Moving the start of the extended bear seasons to Monday of the first week of firearms deer season in all WMUs with extended bear seasons.

  • Permitting either-sex pheasant hunting statewide, outside of Wild Pheasant Recovery Areas.

  • Opening bobcat hunting and trapping seasons in WMU 2B, and river otter trapping seasons in WMUs 1A, 1B and 2F.

  • Increasing the season bag limit for beavers from 40 to 60 in WMUs 1A and 1B.

  • Find additional information on the 2020/21 hunting seasons and bag limits here.

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