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Hunting in Pennsylvania: 9 Things to Know About Hunting on Private Lands

By    |   Tuesday, 26 May 2015 04:22 PM

While hunters in Pennsylvania have access to millions of acres of public lands in which to hunt, most counties in the state allow for hunting to take place on private lands as well.

However, before taking part, hunters in Pennsylvania need to know a few rules about hunting on private lands. Here are nine things to know:

1. The landowner's permission is required, but it doesn't have to be written, and no special form is required, as in some other states, according to Barry Leonard, an information and education supervisor with the Pennsylvania Game Commission.

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2. Erecting a tree stand to hunt deer or other animals does require written permission from the landowner.

3. Hunters in most instances must wear orange caps while hunting, per state law.

4. Hunters will find an abundance of places to hunt on private land if they take advantage of the Pennsylvania Hunter Access Program. More than 13,000 landowners currently make their private lands available for hunting through a program administered by the state game commission. Visit the commission's website for a map of these areas, or contact the closest regional game commission office.

5. A landowner participating in the Hunter Access Program will post the hunting areas of his property, mark the areas near dwellings as safety zones to avoid, and manage his land to encourage game and wildlife to live there.

6. These lands also are monitored by wildlife protection officers to ward off illegal activity such as dumping, littering, and use of all-terrain vehicles.

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7. While hunting or fur trapping in Pennsylvania, it is illegal to damage real or personal property, including breaking or destroying fences, rails, or posts. It is also illegal to leave fences open.
It is illegal to hunt or trap in unharvested fields of buckwheat, corn, sorghum, or soybeans unless the property owner has given permission.

8. No matter where game or wildlife is bagged, the game commission asks hunters to report their harvest of white-tailed deer, wild turkey, and bobcat. This is voluntary and helps in managing these species. This can be done by telephone.

Hunters should have their hunting license number (customer identification number) and field harvest tag information ready. Reports from more than one harvest can be made in one call.

9. Harvests also may be made online at the game commission site, by use of a printable form that's available on the website, or by use of a prepaid postcard in the annual Pennsylvania Hunting and Trapping digest provided free to each license buyer.

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

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