Deer Hunting in Pennsylvania

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  • C
  • 1,300,000

    Est. Whitetail Population

  • 800,000

    No. Licenses Sold Annually

  • $37.80

    Resident hunting license is $20.90. An archery permit is $16.90 and black powder permit is $11.90

    Resident hunting license and deer permit

  • $128.80

    Non-resident hunting license is $101.90. Add an archery permit for $26.90 or muzzleloader permit for $21.90.

    Non-resident hunting license and deer permit

  • 188"

    Taken by Fritz C. Janowsky in Bradford County in 1943.

    Record B&C Typical Stat

  • 74

    Total B&C Typical Entries

  • 230 2/8"

    Taken by Michael D. Ambrosia in Lawrence County in 2001.

    Record B&C Non-Typical Stat

  • 37

    Record B&C Non-Typical Entries

Don't overlook Pennsylvania as a solid deer hunting state. (Photo courtesy of Mike Speaker)

Season Dates (2019):

Seasons vary greatly by unit, so check specific regulations for the area(s) you plan to hunt. For most areas, archery season will open either September 21 or October 5 with varying end dates. Check regulations for your area. The muzzleloader (antlerless-only) season is October 19 to 26. Opening day of deer firearms season is November 30, also with varying closing dates. And flintlock is December 26 to January 20 or 25 (depending on location). These are the dates set when published, please check the state DNR's website to confirm.

The Grade: C

Pennsylvania is rabid for hunting. If you are in a state that considers opening day a holiday worthy of missing school, you are in a good place. That said, a lot of hunters say the deer population isn’t where it needs to be. Couple that with the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s desire that more deer be harvested in certain areas, and grumbling abounds among the state’s hunters.

Antler Nation Knowledge:

Look for hunting areas in WMU 2D, which borders WMU 1A along the east. The 10-year average for post-hunt deer population has been 102,073 per year. WMU2D is located mostly in Armstrong County along with portions of Butler, Indiana, Jefferson, Clarion, Venango and Westmoreland counties. While the vast percentage of this area is private land, public land exists northwest between Armstrong and Butler counties.


Pennsylvania Harvests

  • Steve Bonacci

    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Zack Anderson

    Washington County, Pennsylvania

From the Realtree Trophy Den