All 20 of Pennsylvania’s state forests, totaling 2.2 million acres, and 97 of the 121 state parks are open to hunting during established hunting seasons.
Hunting is an activity that is woven into Pennsylvania’s culture.
There are close to a million hunters that take to Penn’s Woods each year to connect with nature, spend time with family and pursue their favorite game. Join Pennsylvania’s hunting ranks and learn why this activity is so popular in the Keystone state.
Pennsylvania is a hunter’s paradise. There are millions of acres of public and private land for hunters to pursue their pastimes. White-tailed deer, black bear and wild turkey are the most popular game species and there is plenty of habitat for them to roam.
Interested in hunting but don’t know where to start? There’s a lot to learn and the first place to start is a basic hunter-education class. The course covers information regarding hunting and firearm safety, hunter responsibility and basic and advanced hunting techniques. Find a class and get certified as a Pennsylvania hunter.
After you are certified, you can purchase a hunting license and head for the woods. If you are already a hunter, consider taking a youth or friend for the trip too! The new Mentor Hunter Program allows new hunters the chance to learn hunting from an experienced adult. For information on this program and other opportunities to pursue hunting in Pennsylvania, visit the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s website.