Hunting and Trapping


The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is represented by this colored map.

Where to Hunt

Use this chart to find a great hunting spot in a state park.

 

The forests and fields of Pennsylvania are open to hunting during established seasons. Common game species are deer, rabbit, pheasant, ruffed grouse, bear, squirrel and waterfowl.

Hunting woodchucks, also known as groundhogs, is prohibited. Dog training is only permitted from the day following Labor Day to March 31 in designated hunting areas. The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and the Pennsylvania Game Commission rules and regulations apply.

Use extreme caution with firearms at all times. Other visitors use the park during hunting seasons. Firearms and archery equipment used for hunting may be uncased and ready for use only in authorized hunting areas during hunting seasons. In areas not open to hunting or during non-hunting seasons, firearms and archery equipment shall be kept in the owner's car, trailer or leased campsite. The only exception is that law enforcement officers and individuals with a valid Pennsylvania License to Carry Firearms may carry said firearm concealed on their person while they are within the park.

For complete information on hunting and trapping in Pennsylvania, visit the PA Game Commission Web site.

For more information on hunting visit the DCNR hunting page.

Enjoy the outdoors and remember these important rules:

  • Know and obey the rules and regulations of the Pennsylvania Game Commission and the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Bureau of State Parks.
  • Know the boundaries of hunting areas and safety zones.
  • All hunters must have a current Pennsylvania hunting license.
  • Hunting woodchucks is prohibited.
  • Dog training is permitted from the day after Labor Day to March 31.
  • Use extreme caution with firearms at all times.
  • Contact the park office for accessible hunting information.
  • Remember, non-hunters may be in hunting areas.
  • Firearms and archery equipment used for hunting may be uncased and ready for use only in authorized hunting areas during hunting seasons. In areas not open to hunting or during non-hunting seasons, firearms and archery equipment shall be kept in the owner's car, trailer or leased campsite. The only exception is that law enforcement officers and individuals with a valid Pennsylvania License to Carry Firearms may carry said firearm concealed on their person while they are within the park.

 

Access for People with Disabilities

If you need an accommodation to participate in park activities due to a disability, please contact the park you plan to visit.

DMAP Locations

Selected state parks participate in the Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP).