2023-24 Hunting & Trapping
Pennsylvania Game Commission Mobile App
Seasons and Bag Limits
Wildlife Management Units
Permission to Hunt/Trap (PDF)
Mandatory Cold Weather Life Jacket Wearing FAQs
Successful Furtaking Training Manual (PDF)
Modern Snares for Capturing Mammals (PDF)
Facts About Furbearer Management (PDF)
Trapping and Furbearer Management (PDF)
BeaverBobcatEastern CoyoteFisherGray FoxMinkMuskratOpossumPorcupine *trapping prohibitedRaccoonRed FoxRiver OtterStriped SkunkWeasels
All links below are PDFs.
The BMPs are guides and not regulatory in nature. They provide information on devices and practices that are not legal in some states, including Pennsylvania. Please refer to the
Pennsylvania Hunter Trapper Digest for the most current information.
Introduction to BMPsTrapping Eastern CoyotesTrapping Red FoxesTrapping Gray FoxesTrapping BeaversTrapping MuskratsTrapping MinkTrapping RaccoonsTrapping OpossumsTrapping Striped SkunksTrapping WeaselsTrapping BobcatsTrapping FishersTrapping River Otter
Select "Furbearer" in the Report Types filter of the Annual Wildlife Management Reports to view Game Take Survey information.
Select "Furbearer" in the Report Types filter of the Annual Wildlife Management Reports.
Pennsylvania Trappers Association
Northeast Furbearer Resources Technical Committee
National Trappers Association
2023-24 FURBEARER HUNTING SEASONS
COYOTES: No closed season. Outside of any big game season (deer, bear, elk and turkey), coyotes may be taken with a hunting license or a furtaker license, and without wearing orange. During any big game season, coyotes may be taken while lawfully hunting big game or with a furtaker license.
FOXES: Oct. 21-Feb. 17, 2024; Sunday hunting permitted.
RACCOONS: Oct. 21-Nov.
11, Sunday Nov. 12, Nov. 13-18, Sunday Nov. 19, Nov. 20-25, Sunday Nov. 26 and
Nov. 27-Feb. 17, 2024.
OPOSSUM, STRIPED SKUNKS and WEASELS: No closed season. During the firearms deer
season, may only be hunted from ½ hour after sunset to ½ hour before sunrise.
No Sunday hunting with the exceptions of Nov. 12, Sunday Nov. 19 and Nov. 26.
BOBCAT (WMUs 2A,
2B, 2C, 2E, 2F, 2G, 3A, 3B, 3C, 3D, 4A, 4B, 4C, 4D and 4E): Jan. 6-Jan. 31, 2024.
7-Nov. 11, Sunday Nov. 12, Nov. 13-18, Sunday Nov. 19, Nov. 20-24, Dec. 11-23
and Dec. 26-Jan. 27, 2024.
2023-24 TRAPPING SEASONS
MINKS and MUSKRATS: Nov. 18-Jan. 7, 2024.
COYOTES, FOXES, OPOSSUMS, RACCOONS, STRIPED SKUNKS and WEASELS: Oct. 21-Feb. 18, 2024.
COYOTES and FOXES, CABLE RESTRAINTS (Statewide): Dec. 26-Feb. 18, 2024.Participants must pass cable restraint certification course.
BEAVERS (Statewide): Dec. 17-March 30, 2023 (Limits vary depending on WMU).
RIVER OTTERS (WMUs 1A, 1B, 2F, 3B, 3C, 3D and 4E): Feb. 10-17, 2024.