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Hunting in Pennsylvania: 4 Animals to Hunt in the Fall

By    |   Wednesday, 03 Jun 2015 01:34 PM

Pennsylvania offers hunters a wide variety of animals to hunt during the fall season, ranging from such big game as elk to game birds and rabbits. Here is a look at some of the animals that can be hunted during the fall in Pennsylvania.

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1. Deer
Fall is the more popular season for hunters in Pennsylvania, mainly because that is when the various seasons for deer occur. The earliest seasons for deer opens to archery hunters in September in Wildlife Management Units (WMU) 2B, 5C, and 5D, according to the Pennsylvania Game Commission. The first WMU encompasses Pittsburgh and the others are in the southeastern part of the state and include the greater Philadelphia area. This early season takes place between the third week of September and the last week of November. Firearms seasons for deer also occur during the fall, with some deer hunting extending into January.

2. Black Bears
The black bears season is broken down by weapon used and location. For example, the statewide archery season lasts about five days during the third week of November. Seasons for black bear vary from four days to 13 days depending on the location and occur around the first week of December.

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3. Cottontail Rabbits
Cottontail rabbits are a popular animal to hunt in Pennsylvania. Rabbit season extends throughout most of the fall, beginning in late October and running through late February with a two-week break in early December and also on Christmas Day. The daily bag limit for rabbits is four, with a possession limit of 12. Snow during the later part of the season makes finding rabbit tracks easier.

4. Wild Turkeys
Turkey hunting, which is popular across the state, is not permitted in the southeastern corner of the state, according to the National Rifle Association. Wild turkey hunting takes place mostly in November, with separate dates set aside for bowhunting and firearms.

5. Elk
Elk is another popular animal to hunt in Pennsylvania during the fall. Their short season and limited geographic area in the state mean that few animals are taken. However, Pennsylvania has allowed elk hunting only since 2001, and many of the elk are trophy-sized animals. Elk season lasts for five days in early November.

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

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