The rifle deer season will start with five days when hunters only can shoot bucks in most of Pennsylvania.
According to a schedule to which the board of Pennsylvania Game Commissioners gave preliminary approval the buck season will run from Nov. 26 to 30 followed by seven days when hunters can shoot bucks or does from Dec. 1 to 8.
Exceptions occur in Allegheny County, which surrounds Pittsburgh, and Wildlife Management Units 5D and 5C, which cover Philadelphia and surrounding counties in Southeast Pennsylvania.
A buck must have at least 3 points on one side of its antlers to be harvested in most of the state. In WMUs 1A, 1B, 2A and 2B in Western Pennsylvania bucks must have three points in addition to the brow tine or the first point immediately above the antler burr..
A few changes in other seasons for 2018-19 include: eliminating the hen pheasant restriction in WMUs 2A, 2C, 4C, and 5B; implementing a new four-day extended black bear firearms season in WMUs 4A and 5A; increasing from four days to six days the length of the extended black bear firearms season in WMU 3A; extending hunting hours for mourning doves from one-half hour before sunrise until sunset in all season segments; and opening WMUs 4B and 4C to fisher trapping.
The public can comment on those and the following other proposals for all hunting and trapping seasons before the next quarterly meeting of the board:
WMUs 1A, 2A, 4A and 4B would be one week (Oct. 27-Nov. 3), plus a three-day Thanksgiving season (Nov. 22-24).
WMU 1B, the season would remain one week (Oct. 27-Nov. 3), with no Thanksgiving season.
WMU 2B (shotgun and bow only), the season would run from Oct. 27-Nov. 16 and Nov. 22-24.
WMU 2C, the season would be Oct. 27-Nov. 16 and Nov. 22-24.
WMUs 2D, 2E, 2F, 2G, 2H, 3A, 3B, 3C, 3D, 4C, 4D and 4E, the season would be Oct. 27-Nov. 10 and Nov. 22-24.
WMU 5A, the season would be from Nov. 1-3.
WMU 5B, the season would be from Oct. 30-Nov. 1.
WMUs 5C and 5D, closed.
April 27-May 31, 2019. Legal shooting hours will be from one-half before sunrise until noon from April 27-May 11, 2019 and from one-half hour before sunrise until one-half hour after sunset from May 13-31, 2019.
Youth, April 20, 2019
Squirrels, Red, Gray, Black and Fox(Combined):
Junior hunters and mentored youth, Sept. 29-Oct. 13 (6 daily, 18 in possession limit after first day).
All hunters, Oct. 13-Nov. 24; Dec. 10-24 and Dec. 26-Feb. 28, 2019 (6 daily, 18 possession).
Oct. 13–Nov. 24 and Dec. 10-24 (2 daily, 6 possession).
Junior hunters, 29-Oct. 13 (4 daily, 12 possession).
All hunters, Oct. 13-Nov. 24, Dec. 10-24 and Dec. 26-Feb. 28, 2019 (4 daily, 12 possession).
Junior hunters, Oct. 6-13 (2 daily, 6 in possession). Male pheasants only in WMUs 4E and 5A. Male and female pheasants may be taken in all other WMUs.
All hunters: Oct. 20-Nov. 24, Dec. 10-24 and Dec. 26-Feb. 28, 2019 (2 daily, 6 in possession). Male pheasants only in WMUs 4E and 5A. Male and female pheasants may be taken in all other WMUs There is no open season for taking pheasants in Wild Pheasant Recovery Areas, except within the Central Susquehanna Wild Pheasant Recovery Area, as authorized by executive order.
Oct. 13-Nov. 24, Dec. 10-24 and Dec. 26-Feb. 28, 2019 (8 daily, 24 possession).
Dec. 26–Jan. 1, 2019, in all WMUs (1 daily, 3 possession).
No closed season, except on Sundays and during the regular firearms deer seasons. No limit.
July 1-April 14, on Friday, Saturday and Sunday only. No limit.
Starlings and English sparrows:
No closed season, except during the antlered and antlerless deer season. No limit.
Nov. 17-21. Only 1 bear may be taken during the license year.
WMUs 3A, 3B, 3C and 3D: Nov. 26-Dec. 1.
WMUs 2B, 5B, 5C and 5D, Nov. 26-Dec. 8.
WMUs 1B, 2C, 4A, 4B, 4C, 4D, 4E and 5A): Nov. 28-Dec. 1.
Archery, statewide, Oct. 29-Nov. 3.
Archery, WMUs 2B, 5C and 5D, Sept. 15-Nov. 24.
Archery WMU 5B, Sept. 29-Nov. 10.
Muzzleloader, WMUs 2B, 5B, 5C and 5D, Oct. 13-20.
Special firearms, WMUs 2B, 5B, 5C and 5D, Oct. 18-20. For junior and senior license holders, disabled hunters with a permit to use a vehicle as a blind and resident active duty military.
Nov. 5-10. Only one elk may be taken during the license year.
Extended, Nov. 12-17. Eligible elk license recipients who haven’t harvested an elk by Nov. 10, in designated areas.
Archery, WMUs 2B, 5C and 5D: Sept. 15- Nov. 24 and Dec. 26-Jan. 26, 2018. One antlerless deer with each required antlerless license. One antlered deer per hunting license year.
Archery, Statewide: Sept. 29-Nov. 10 and Dec. 26-Jan. 12.
Rifle, antlered and antlerless, WMUs 2B, 5C and 5D: Nov. 26-Dec. 8.
Rifle, antlered, WMUs 1A, 1B, 2A, 2C, 2D, 2E, 2F, 2G, 2H, 3A, 3B, 3C, 3D, 4A, 4B, 4C, 4D, 4E, 5A and 5B: Nov. 26-30. Rifle, antlered and antlerless, WMUs 1A, 1B, 2A, 2C, 2D, 2E, 2F, 2G, 2H, 3A, 3B, 3C, 3D, 4A, 4B, 4C, 4D, 4E, 5A and 5B: Dec. 1-8.
Special firearms statewide, Oct. 18-20. For Junior and Senior License holders, Mentored Youth Permit holders, Disabled Person Permit (to use a vehicle) holders, and Pennsylvania residents serving on active duty in U.S. Armed Services or in the U.S. Coast Guard only, with required antlerless license. Also included are persons who have reached or will reach their 65th birthday in the year of the application for a license and hold a valid adult license, or qualify for license and fee exemptions under section 2706.
Antlerless muzzleloader statewide, Oct. 13-20.
Flintlock, statewide, antlered or antlerless, Dec. 26 to Jan. 12, 2019.
Flintlock, antlered or antlerless,WMUs 2B, 5C, 5D, Dec. 26-Jan. 26, 2019
Extended firearms, Allegheny, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties,: Dec. 26-Jan. 26, 2019.
Antlerless, military bases, days established by the U.S. Department of the Army at Letterkenny Army Depot, Franklin County; New Cumberland Army Depot, York County; and Fort Detrick, Raven Rock Site, Adams County. An antlerless deer with each required antlerless license.
No closed season. Unlimited. Outside of any big game season (deer, bear, elk and turkey), coyotes may be taken with a hunting license or a furtaker license, and without wearing orange. During any big game season, coyotes may be taken while lawfully hunting big game or with a furtaker license.
Raccoons and foxes
Oct. 20-Feb. 16, 2019 unlimited.
Opossum, striped skunks and weasels:
No closed season except Sundays.
Bobcat, WMUs 2A, 2C, 2E, 2F, 2G, 2H, 3A, 3B, 3C, 3D, 4A, 4C, 4D and 4E:
Jan. 12-Feb. 6. 2019. Licensed furtakers may obtain one permit each.
Sept. 1-March 30, 2019. (3 daily, season limit of 10).
Minks and Muskrats, Nov. 17-Jan. 6, 2019. Unlimited.
Coyotes, foxes, opossums, raccoons, striped skunks and weasels, Oct. 21-Feb. 17, 2019, no limit.
Coyotes and foxes, statewide, cable restraints, Dec. 26-Feb. 17, 2019. No limit. Participants must pass cable restraint certification course.
Beavers, statewide, Dec. 26-March 31, 2019 (Limits vary depending on WMU).
Bobcats, WMUs 2A, 2C, 2E, 2F, 2G, 2H, 3A, 3B, 3C, 3D, 4A, 4C, 4D and 4E, Dec. 15-Jan. 6, 2019.
Fishers, WMUs 1B, 2C, 2D, 2E, 2F, 2G, 2H, 3A, 3B, 3C, 3D, 4B, 4C, 4D and 4E, Dec. 15-26. One fisher per license year.
River otters, WMUs 3C and 3D, Feb. 16-23, 2019. One river otter per license year. Licensed furtakers may obtain one permit each.
Squirrells, Sept. 1-March 30, 2019 (6 daily, 18 possession)
Bobwhite quail, Sept. 1-March 30, 2019 (8 daily, 24 possession)
Ruffed grouse, Sept. 1-March 30, 2019 (2 daily, 6 possession)
Cottontail rabbits, Sept. 1-March 30, 2019 (4 daily, 12 possession)
Snowshoe hares, Sept. 1-March 30, 2019 (1 daily, 3 possession)
Ringneck pheasants, Male or Female combined, Sept. 1-March 30, 2019 (6 daily, 18 possession)
To be established in accordance with federal regulations.
Deer Management Assistance Program
These antlerless deer permits may used on the lands for which they were issued during any established deer season, and will continue to be permitted to harvest antlerless deer from Nov. 26-Dec. 8 in 1A, 1B, 2A, 2C, 2D, 2E, 2F, 2G, 2H, 3A, 3B, 3C, 3D, 4A, 4B, 4C, 4D, 4E, 5A and 5B.