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Pennsylvania Junior Pheasant Hunt Program

Central Susquehanna Wild Pheasant Recovery Area Youth Hunt

The Game Commission and Pheasants Forever invite junior hunters to be part of a special opportunity to harvest a wild pheasant in Pennsylvania. This year marks the 4th annual Central Susquehanna Wild Pheasant Recovery Area youth hunt, held within Northumberland, Montour, and Columbia counties. This is a true celebration of how dedicated landowners, Pheasants Forever, and the Game Commission have partnered together for wildlife. Permits will be issued to 38 properly-licensed junior hunters between the ages of 12 and 16, who must also possess the free general pheasant hunting permit. Selected applicants will be randomly assigned a hunt date of either November 7 or November 14, 2020. Each hunter will be assigned a “hunt mentor” to ensure safety and guide the permittee. Each permittee is encouraged to bring an adult parent or guardian along. Following the hunt, permittees and their guests will be treated to a free lunch provided by Pheasants Forever. Apply online by Sunday, September 20th. The drawing for permits will be held Tuesday, September 22nd, and successful candidates will be notified by Friday, September 25th. Good luck to all applicants! 

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 mentoredhunting@pa.gov 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 but must have successfully completed a Hunter-Trapper Education course. A FREE Junior Pheasant Hunting Permit (available online and at license vendors) is required to participate in the pheasant season for all junior hunters.

View the Junior Pheasant Season stocking locations (PDF).