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Pennsylvania Junior Pheasant Hunt Program 


Central Susquehanna Wild Pheasant Recovery Area Youth Hunt

The Central Susquehanna Wild Pheasant Recovery Area Youth Hunt Lottery was conducted on August 18.  Selected applicants will be notified of their selection by close of business on Monday August 21.
The Game Commission and Pheasants Forever invite 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 can be pursued by sportsmen in Pennsylvania. Permits will be issued to 48 licensed junior hunters between the ages of 12 and 16. Hunters will be assigned to hunt either November 4 or November 11, 2017. Each hunter will be assigned a "hunt mentor" to ensure safety and guide the permittee. Each permittee is encouraged also to bring a adult parent or guardian along. Following the hunt, permittees and their guests will be treated to a lunch provided by Pheasants Forever. Applications are due by close of business Friday, August 11 and are accepted by mail only. Successful applicants will be notified shortly after the August 18 drawing.

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.