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Pennsylvania Hunting Season 2023

We set out to create the most simplified guide to Pennsylvania hunting seasons for 2023.

Want to find out season dates, learn about regulations and bag limits, understand license requirements, and get access helpful links?

Then you’ll love the info outlined in today’s guide. Let’s dive right in.

Pennsylvania Hunting Seasons

Pennsylvania Hunting Season Dates

Whitetail deer hunting is huge in Pennsylvania. Fun fact: the state actually treats opening day as an unofficial holiday and schools close down for opening day.

Pennsylvania Deer Season 2023

ArcherySept. 18-Nov. 13; Sunday, Nov. 14; Nov. 15-20, Sunday, Nov. 21; Nov. 22-26 and Dec. 27-Jan. 29, 2022.2B, 5C and 5DOne antlerless deer with each required antlerless license. One antlered deer per hunting license year.Antlered &
Oct. 2-Nov. 13; Sunday, Nov. 14; Nov. 15-19; and Dec. 27-Jan. 17, 2022.StatewideOne antlered deer per hunting license year. One antlerless deer with each required antlerless license.Antlered &
MuzzleloaderOct- 16-23StatewideAn antlerless
deer with each
Special FirearmsOct 21-23, 2021StatewideAntlerless
Nov 27; Nov 28
and Nov 29- Dec
StatewideAntlered and
Dec 27- Jan 29,
2B, 5C and 5DAntlerless

Pennsylvania Wild Turkey Season 2023

Fall General Season: PA's fall turkey season varies by zone but starts as early as October 30, 2023 and goes until November 26, 2023

Spring Season: April 30, 2024 - May 30, 2024

Pennsylvania Hunting Zones 2023

See the map below for a breakdown of Pennsylvania's hunting zones:

Pennsylvania Bag Limits 2023

Bag limits vary widly by zone. Please check the official PA site for your zone.

Pennsylvania Hunting License 2023

Purchase a license at any time easily at

Licence/ PermitResidentNonresident
Adult Hunting$20.90$101.90
Landowner Hunting$4.90N/A
Mentored Adult Hunting
Archery Antlerless Elk App$11.90N/A
Archery Antlered Elk App$11.90N/A
Bobcat Permit$6.90

Pennsylvania Hunting Regulations 2023

You cannot hunt on all Sundays; only certain Sundays are open for hunting.

Hunters must wear 250 square inches during regular deer season but is not required during bow deer season.

Helpful Resources

Official State Site:

Can you hunt on Sundays in Pennsylvania?

It depends. Sundays used to close for hunting but now you hunt on a few specific Sundays.

When does deer hunting start in Pennsylvania?

Deer hunting starts as early as September 18, 2021 for archery in Pennsylvania in some zones.

When is bear hunting season in Pennsylvania?

Pennsylvania bear season starts as early as September 18, 2021 for archery and November 20, 2023 for gun in some zones.

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