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Hunting in Pennsylvania: 6 Animals to Hunt Year-Round

By    |   Tuesday, 26 May 2015 09:57 AM

No matter when you go hunting in Pennsylvania, there are six animals that are almost always legal to hunt, as long as you have a license. The list is short – woodchucks, coyotes, opossums, striped skunks, weasels, and crows.

Most hunting is done in the fall and winter, according to the newly adopted 2015-2016 season and bag and possession limit list published by the Pennsylvania Game Commission. The list is available on the commission website.

Licenses can be purchased on the website or through authorized dealers, starting in mid-June and becoming effective July 1.

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When hunting these prey on private lands, remember that it is necessary to ask permission of the landowner ahead of time. No paperwork is required by the state of Pennsylvania, but a hunting license is not a license to trespass on private land. Hunters can contact their nearest game commission office to find both public and private sites to hunt.

Landowners who want to make their property attractive for hunting particular species can contact their regional office of the Pennsylvania Game Commission for help. Through its Hunter Access Program, the commission works with landowners who have at least 50 acres of undeveloped land that can be hunted.

The program has opened up more than 2.6 million acres of land to hunters in almost every county in the state. A map of these areas is available on the commission's website.

1. Woodchucks

Woodchucks are also known as groundhogs. These chubby creatures get a lot of publicity in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, and elsewhere each February 2 as they "predict" whether winter will continue for another six week. The rest of the year, they're more on the mind of hunters.

Woodchucks may be hunted year-round except on Sundays, and not during firearm deer season. That season starts the Monday after Thanksgiving and runs for two weeks. There is no limit on woodchucks.

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2. Coyote
You can hunt coyote year-round, with a license, though not during firearm deer season. The exception is if you have a firearm deer license or a fur trapper's license, you can use it to take coyote as well during those two weeks.

3. Crows
Crows may be hunted nearly all year, from the first week of July until second week of April, but only on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. There is no limit.

4. Opossums
Another animal that can be hunted year-round, opossums have no bag or possession limits, but may not be hunted during certain big game hunting seasons.

5. Striped skunks
Year-round limitless hunting of striped skunks is allowed in Pennsylvania as well. Similar to coyotes, opossums, and weasels, there are restrictions during certain big game hunting periods.

6. Weasels
The hunting of weasels follow the same rules in place for coyotes, opossums, and striped skunks. No bag or possession limits exist for weasels as well.

This article is for information only. Please check current regulations before hunting.

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No matter when you go hunting in Pennsylvania, there are six animals that are almost always legal to hunt, as long as you have a license. The list is short - woodchucks, coyotes, opossums, striped skunks, weasels, and crows.
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