Pennsylvania Hunting Seasons – Updated

Welcome to the Pennsylvania Hunting Seasons page. Updated US Hunting Seasons for 2022-2023.

As part of our comprehensive guide to US Hunting Seasons By State on this page you will find out “When Is Hunting Season?” for Pennsylvania

There is also general information on the different hunting seasons for a wide range of wild game species. You will find links to the relevant State Authority so you can make sure you have all the correct legal obligations in place before you start your hunt.

Pennsylvania hunting season provides the hunter with opportunities to chase a wide range of game including the

Deer, Elk, Black Bear, turkey, Hogs and a range of small game and game birds.

IMPORTANT. All care has been taking in preparing this hunting season information for you. Please check the relevant State Authority’s Website for further information and any changes to current US Hunting Season Regulations. We have provided a link to each States hunting season website for your convenience.

Pennsylvania Deer and Elk Hunting Season

Hunting Category

Hunting Season 2022-2023*

Deer (Firearms) Oct 24-26 & Nov 30-Jan 25
Deer (Muzzleloader) Oct 19-26
Deer (Bow) Sept 21-Nov 29 & Dec 26-Jan 25
Elk (Firearms) Nov 4-9, Nov 11-16 & Jan 4-11
Deer (Bow) Sept. 14-28

* Season dates may vary by zone. Please check the relevant State Authority Website.

Pennsylvania Turkey Hunting Season

Hunting Category

Hunting Season 2022-2023*

Spring May 2-30 (2020)
Spring (Youth) April 25 (2020)
Fall Nov 2 – 22 & Nov 28-29

* Season dates may vary by zone. Please check the relevant State Authority Website.

Pennsylvania Small Game Hunting Season

Hunting Category

Hunting Season 2022-2023*

Coyote Open all Year
Bobcat Jan 11 – Feb 5
Foxes Oct 26 – Feb 22
Raccoon Oct 26 – Feb 22
Opossum Open All Year
Squirrels Oct 19-Nov 29 & Dec 16-24 & Dec 26-Feb 29
Rabbits Oct 19-nov 29 & Dec 16-24 & Dec 26-feb 29
Hogs Open (See Below)

* Season dates may vary by zone. Please check the relevant State Authority Website.

The Pennsylvania Game Commission makes the following notes about feral hogs.

“Feral swine are protected mammals in Pennsylvania and, thus, are under the authority of the Game Commission. However, the agency has removed protection statewide, except in counties where official eradication trapping operations are occurring.”

Pennsylvania Game Bird Hunting Season

Hunting Category

Hunting Season 2022-2023*

Quail Oct 19-Nov 29 & Dec 16-24 & Dec 26-Feb 29
Pheasants Oct 26-Nov 29 Dec 16-24 & Dec 26-Feb 29
Ruffed Grouse Oct 19-Nov 29 & Dec 16-24
Ducks Oct 12-Dec 14 & Dec 27-Jan 1, Nov 19-Jan 18
Canada Geese (resident) Sept 2-25, Oct 26-Nov 29, Dec 16-Jan 18

Jan 31- Feb 22

Light Geese (Resident) Oct 22 -Feb 22

* Season dates may vary by zone. Please check the relevant State Authority Website.

Pennsylvania Black Bear Hunting Season

Hunting Category

Hunting Season 2022-2023*

Black Bear (firearms) Oct 24-26 & Nov 23- Dec 14
Black Bear (Muzzleloader) Oct 19-26
Black Bear (Bow) Sept 21-Nov 29

* Season dates may vary by zone. Please check the relevant State Authority Website.

I hope you have found this State hunting season information helpful in planning your next great hunting adventure. Please feel free to share this page with your hunting buddies. In addition to these US Hunting Seasons by State pages, you may be interested in these posts.

11 Of The Best States For Hog Hunting​​

Good Luck!!