Licenses will go on sale June 13 for the 2022-23 hunting and trapping seasons in Pennsylvania.
The new licensing year begins July 1. A record number of male elk tags will be available. This year’s season will include seven weeks of archery deer hunting, a gun deer season that includes the weekend after Thanksgiving, the opportunity to hunt trophy black bears and pheasants more stocked than all over the northeast.
License prices, meanwhile, remain unchanged, with one exception.
For the first time this year, a hunting license at a reduced price is offered to hunter-trapper training instructors. Instructors residing in Pennsylvania can now purchase a general hunting license for just $1, plus a $1.97 administration fee.
This discount was made possible by House Bill 1122, sponsored by State Representative Keith Gillespie and signed into law earlier this year.
Through their volunteer work, Hunter Trapper Education Instructors provide a valuable service, ensuring new hunters have the opportunity to join the hunting ranks and giving them everything they need to make safe and ethical decisions about hunting. ground and ultimately succeed. The price reduction for instructors is the game commission’s way of saying thank you.
General hunting and furtaker licenses each cost $20.97 for Pennsylvania residents and $101.97 for nonresidents.
Hunters and furtakers ages 65 and older can purchase one-year licenses for $13.97 or lifetime licenses for $51.97. For $101.97, resident seniors can purchase combined lifetime licenses that give them hunting and furry privileges.
Like other hunters and trappers, seniors still need to purchase bear permits to pursue bruins and obtain permits to hunt bobcats, anglers, or river otters. Hunters who acquired a senior lifetime license after May 13, 2017 are required to obtain an annual pheasant license to hunt or harvest pheasants.
In the coming season, hunters will once again be able to carry digital versions of their licenses instead of paper licenses. License purchasers will be emailed a PDF version of their licenses, provided they provide an email address in their online profile on HuntFishPA. This applies whether they purchase licenses online or from an issuing agent. All documents will be emailed, except harvest tags.
Deer, bear, and turkey hunters, as well as those hunting or trapping during any other season when crops must be tagged, must continue to wear paper crop tags in the field. No electronic harvest tags are issued or authorized for use. and all paper licenses and permits carried overseas must be signed.
Those planning to hunt big game or bobcats, or trap bobcats, anglers or otters should plan ahead to ensure they have their harvest tags before hunting or trapping. these species. All harvest tags will be mailed to those who purchase their permit online.
A complete list of licensing requirements is available at www.pgc.pa.gov.
As for future seasons, again this year, additional hunts will be offered on three Sundays: November 13, November 20 and November 27. They are open to all species in season, with the exception of turkeys and migratory birds considered as game. .
A total of 178 licenses are available to Pennsylvania elk hunters, which include a record 60 bull tags, spread over three seasons.
Archery-only elk season, which runs from September 10-24, offers 14 antlered and 15 antlerless licenses; the one-week general season scheduled for October 31 to November 31. 5 offers 31 licenses with wood and 70 without wood; and the end of the season which runs from December 31 to January 31. 7 offers 15 permits with wood and 33 without wood.
Licenses are allocated by lottery. License applications can be submitted online or at any licensing agent. A separate application, at a cost of $11.97, is required for each season. Hunters who wish to apply for all three pay $35.91. In each draw, season-specific bonus points are awarded to those who were not drawn.
The deadline to apply for an elk license is July 31.
Many hunters who regularly purchase their licenses when sales begin are motivated by obtaining Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP) licenses, which are available in limited numbers and allow holders to harvest antlerless deer in any established season.
Buying early also helps ensure that hunters won’t miss the opportunity to apply for an antlerless deer permit.
A resident Pennsylvanian who purchases a 2022-23 hunting license is eligible to apply for an antlerless deer license on July 11. Non-residents can apply on July 18.
And a second round in which a hunter can receive a second antlerless deer permit begins August 1 for wildlife management units (WMUs) where permits remain. and if there are still licenses left, a third round begins on August 15. Counter sales begin September 12 in all WMUs where licenses remain.
Hunters across the state can now hold up to six unfilled antlerless deer permits.
A total of 948,000 antlerless deer licenses are available, compared to 925,000 last year. and continuing to hunt antlered and antlerless deer simultaneously for the duration of gun deer season gives hunters in much of the state more time to complete their tags.
New this year, from November hunters can also obtain deer farming permits, formerly known as “red tag” permits, through the online licensing system. The cost of permits is $1.97, which covers the administrative costs associated with the permit system.
Further details are provided in the Hunting & Trapping Digest.
Hunting licenses can be purchased online at https://huntfish.pa.gov. Simply create an account or log in to the one you created earlier to purchase all the licenses you need. A map to locate a licensing agent near you can be found on the Licenses and Permits page at www.pgc.pa.gov.
Locally, hunting licenses are also available for purchase at the Lawrence County Treasurer’s Office.