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Pennsylvania Junior Pheasant Hunt Program 

Central Susquehanna Wild Pheasant Recovery Area Youth Hunt

The Game Commission and Pheasants Forever invited junior hunters to a special opportunity to harvest the wild game bird. This hunt, in Northumberland, Montour, and Columbia counties, marks the first time since initiation of the Wild Pheasant Recovery Area (WPRA) program that wild pheasants were pursued by sportsmen in Pennsylvania. Permits were issued to 48 licensed junior hunters between the ages of 12 and 16. Hunters were assigned to hunt either November 4 or November 11, 2017. Each hunter was assigned a "hunt mentor" to ensure safety and guide the permittee. Each permittee was encouraged also to bring a adult parent or guardian along. Following the hunt, permittees and their guests were treated to a lunch provided by Pheasants Forever.

Instructional Junior Pheasant Hunt Events

These are special hunting opportunities for junior hunters between 12 and 16 years of age, who have successfully completed a basic Hunter-Trapper Education course. Each year, sponsoring sportsmen's organizations from around the state host these instructional events. Hunting licenses are not required; participants must register and wear the necessary amount of fluorescent orange and be accompanied by an adult.

Register for a hunt

If your sportsmen's organization is interested in hosting an event, contact for more information and download our Junior Pheasant Hunt Planning Guide (PDF) to help you to plan your hunting event.

Junior Pheasant Hunt Season - Statewide

The Game Commission provides 15,000 birds for the youth pheasant hunt season each year. Junior hunters do not need a hunting license, and must have successfully completed a Hunter-Trapper Education course.

View the Junior Pheasant Season regulations and stocking locations.