What You Need to Know About Pennsylvania Hunting Licenses for the 2019-2020 Hunting Season
Pennsylvania hunters should be aware of a few changes and certain deadlines for the 2019-2020 hunting season, particularly if you plan on entering the lottery for elk hunting licenses.
Bear and Deer Season
The Game Commission announced its plan to open the mid-October special firearms and muzzleloader seasons for bear and deer across the state. Additionally, there will also be a two-week long archery season for bears. Additionally, the Pennsylvania Game Commission expanded the late archery and flintlock deer seasons by over a week and extended bear season from four days to seven days.
Elk Hunting Licenses
Elk licenses are a new addition to the hunting licensing regime in Pennsylvania that are going on sale this year. There will be three hunting seasons for elk between 2019 and 2020. The first two seasons are archery seasons for antlerless elk. One will commence in September while the other is slated for January of next year. In November, there will be a general season for elk. All licenses, which are limited, will be awarded via lottery. There are only a total of 142 licenses for elk, 32 of which are for antlered elk. The deadline to apply for these coveted licenses is July 31.
Another major change hunters will notice this year is that it is no longer required for bowhunters and turkey hunters to wear fluorescent orange, though it is still highly recommended. The change was approved this April when the Pennsylvania Game Commission voted on this new proposal.
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