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Hunting in Pennsylvania: Regulations for Hunting with Dogs

By    |   Wednesday, 03 Jun 2015 09:35 AM

When many people in Pennsylvania hear about hunting with dogs, a common scenario is hunting waterfowl, using the dogs to retrieve the birds. That is not the limit to dogs' usefulness while hunting in Pennsylvania. According to the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC), dogs can be used to hunt furbearers, including includes coyotes, raccoons, foxes, opossums, striped skunks, weasels and bobcats.

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According to the Pennsylvania Game Commission's annual furbearer report for 2012
, the most recent year that is available, the number of foxes and coyotes taken was up significantly compared with previous years. The number of coyotes harvested in 2012 was 72,863, the most since the commission started reporting the numbers in 1992. The number of red foxes taken in 2012 was up 20 percent from the previous year.

One tactic that hunters with dogs often use is to let the dogs chase their quarry into a tree or other dead-end location, such as a canyon. However, considering the speed of the animals, it is unlikely that a human would be able to keep pace.

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Pennsylvania allows hunters to use electronic devices while hunting or training their dogs. According to the PGC, this includes e-collars, radio-telemetry dog-tracking systems and beeper collars. All of these devices help hunters find their dogs when they get separated from their owners. This allows the hunter to catch up with their dogs and their targeted animal.

While the PGC is in control of the hunting regulations, the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources controls the state parks, where many hunters go to pursue their sport. Not all state parks allow hunting with dogs. More than 70 of the state's parks allow hunting with dogs, usually the larger parks with more than 100 acres of hunting acreage, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

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

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