Semiautomatic shotguns approved for hunters across Pennsylvania, and for elk hunt, too
Semiautomatic centerfire shotguns that propel single-projectile ammunition will be lawful sporting arms in most of Pennsylvania’s firearms deer, bear and elk seasons in 2018-19.
The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners recently gave unanimous approval to regulatory changes that permit these sporting arms for deer, bear and elk hunting. For elk, the shotgun needs to be 12-gauge or larger.
The Game Commission historically has permitted the use of semiautomatic shotguns for deer and bear seasons within its special regulations areas near Pittsburgh and Philadelphia.
With this week’s vote, such authorization is extended to the remainder of the Commonwealth, as well as to the state’s elk hunters.