Many hunting seasons available during the winter in Pennsylvania
The "main event" — rifle deer season — is over, and it is too early for ice fishing. There are, however, many things to do outdoors.
Late small-game season has begun for rabbits and squirrels. It runs until Feb. 21, 2015. You can also hunt pheasants in selected wildlife management units through Feb. 21. The winter ruffed grouse season is in until Jan. 24.
There is nothing like a fresh coating of snow to help guide hunters to the game. Tracks in the snow do not always tell you where the animals are, but they always let you know where they have been. If you don't own a hunting dog, there can be a special excitement associated with following a fresh grouse track and then flushing the bird.
Crow hunting is open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through April 5. Some hunters get quite elaborate with owl and crow decoys to support their calling set-up. However, even a lone hunter in camouflage and a single call can entice a few crows into shotgun range.
The late archery deer season starts on the day after Christmas and runs through Jan. 10. If you hunt in unitss 2B, 5C and 5D, archery deer season extends Jan. 12-24.
The statewide antlered or antlerless flintlock season also begins on Dec. 26, and offers 14 days of primitive hunting. In units 2B, 5C and 5D, it continues an additional two weeks — ending Jan. 24.
There is even an extended rifle antlerless deer season in Allegheny, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties. It runs Dec. 26 to Jan. 24. As with all antlerless deer seasons, hunters must possess a valid tag for the area being hunted in order to harvest an antlerless deer.
If this is not enough, fox season began in October and ends Feb. 21. Coyotes are legal game all year round, but the unofficial organized coyote hunt season begins in early January.
Be sure to consult the Pennsylvania Hunting & Trapping Digest that came with your hunting license before venturing afield — it can also be viewed on the Game Commission's website.