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Learn to Hunt Program

 

WHAT IS IT?
The Pennsylvania Game Commission's Learn to Hunt Program is designed to help hunters of all ages get started.  The online curriculum features many aspects of hunting. Participants will learn about game animal behavior, habitat preferences, choosing a firearm, preparing wild game meat for the table, and more. 

HOW DOES IT WORK?
Webinars provide an opportunity to ask questions during live events, while on-demand recordings (below) allow students to go at their own pace on their schedule. 

WHEN ARE THE EVENTS?
The first Learn to Hunt classes will focus on small game hunting. Subsequent offerings in the series may focus on bowhunting, turkey hunting, and firearms deer hunting. 

NEED MORE?
Find additional resources on the Get Started Hunting page.


Small Game Hunting On-demand Offerings

Small Game Hunting Overview

Overview of Squirrel, Rabbit, and Pheasant Biology, Habitat, and Hunting Tactics (PDF)


Small Game Hunting Classes

Squirrel Hunting 101; Webinar:
Join us online to learn the basics of squirrel hunting in Pennsylvania. A team of experienced hunters will discuss squirrel biology, habitat, and behavior along with tips and tactics to hunt squirrels effectively. We expect the presentation to last about 40 minutes, then we'll stay online to answer as many questions as we can. Registration required.  

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Pheasant Hunting 101; Webinar:
Join us online to learn the basics of pheasant hunting in Pennsylvania. A team of experienced hunters will discuss pheasant biology, habitat, and behavior along with tips and tactics to hunt pheasants effectively. We expect the presentation to last about 40 minutes, then we'll stay online to answer as many questions as we can. Registration required.

 

Pheasant Hunting 101; In-person:
This 2-hour hands-on workshop will help build your knowledge of pheasant hunting and prepare you for the upcoming season. A team of experienced hunters will discuss pheasant biology, habitat, and behavior along with tips and tactics to hunt pheasants effectively. We'll start off with a canine demonstration to see how dogs help pheasant hunters. Then we'll head inside for a group presentation before breaking into smaller groups to view and handle gear, practice hunting scenarios with (inert) firearms, talk more about hunting dogs, and watch field dressing and cooking demonstrations. We'll meet at Game Commission Headquarters; 2001 Elmerton Ave.; Harrisburg PA 17110. Feel free to dress for pheasant hunting and bring your gear (no firearms, please). Registration coming soon.