For the second year in a row, 48 junior hunters will have the chance this fall to harvest wild pheasant roosters in Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Game Commission announced in a news release Wednesday, June 27. Junior hunters between the ages of…
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More than a third of those refuges are on lands in the Great Lakes region.
The 2018-19 waterfowl seasons are very similar to those selected in 2017-18. However, hunters will enjoy longer seasons for doves, woodcock, and other “webless” migratory game bird species this year.
Somerset WPRA will be reopened to either-sex pheasant hunting and will be eligible for game-farm pheasant releases.
Permitted for years for deer and bear in special regulations areas, semiautomatic slug guns get statewide approval.
Turkeys are coming through a relatively mild winter, and they again had a tremendous acorn crop last fall to help them with winter survival. And a light fall harvest sparked by greater supplies of fall foods and fewer hunters afield also has helped kindle increased expectations for the spring hunt.
Hunters harvested 3,438 bears in the 2017 seasons, with the archery harvest of 493 bears and the extended season harvest of 1,083 bears setting records for those seasons. Overall, 48 weighed 500 pounds or more, including 14 600 pounds or more and two 700 pounds or more.
The overall deer harvest was also up 10 percent, to nearly 370,000, with bowhunters accounting for about a third of the harvest.