DO I NEED A HUNTING LICENSE TO HUNT WITHIN THE STATE OF PENNSYLVANIA?
Yes. A Hunting License is different from a Hunter Education Certificate and is required for any person who hunts any game animal within the state. This includes both residents and non-residents. Varying licenses must be purchased and carried depending on the hunter’s age, residency, and the type of game being hunted. Certain exceptions may apply depending on the game animal being hunted. For more information on Pennsylvania, hunting licenses visit the Pennsylvania Game Commission Licenses and Permits page.
WHAT ARE THE PENNSYLVANIA TAGGING REQUIREMENTS?
Certain game animals must be tagged after they’re taken, including big game animals such as deer, elk, bear, and turkey. It’s important for hunters to understand the tagging and/or harvest reporting requirements for the game animal they’re hunting, and to ensure that the animal is tagged and reported properly.
Once you’ve successfully taken your big game animal, it must be tagged. Hunters should note that only the tag should be attached to the animal, not the license. Hunters who have more than one license for the game animal they’ve taken must ensure that they’re reporting the information on the license that was used (the license will come attached to the tag).
Tags will come with an icon of the animal it’s meant to be used for, in addition to pre-punched holes which should be used to attach the tag to the animal. Use a ballpoint pen to fill out the tag, and then attach it to the animal.
Once the animal has been tagged, it must be reported to the Pennsylvania Game Commission. The harvest can be reported online on the Pennsylvania Game Commission website.