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Frequently Asked Questions

As your state's wildlife agency, we want to help clarify and simplify some of the most commonly asked Pennsylvania hunting- and wildlife-related questions.

If you have a question that isn't answered here, email us at pgccomments@pa.gov. The Hunting and Trapping Digest serves as a great resource when it comes to questions about hunting seasons and regulations.

Like you, we are passionate about our state's wildlife and it is our mission to do the best we can to manage all wild birds and wild mammals and their habitats for current and future generations. We thank you in advance for your interest and for being Pennsylvania hunters, trappers and wildlife enthusiasts.

COVID-19, Updated July 6, 2020

For the latest information about COVID-19 in Pennsylvania, please visit the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s website at www.health.pa.gov. We encourage everyone to continue to take precautionary measures during this time and to continue to be safe and responsible during this unprecedented time.

Which Pennsylvania Game Commission Buildings and Offices are Closed?
The agency’s current building closures include the visitors center at Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area in Lancaster County and Howard Nursery in Centre County. More information on closures and cancellations can be found on the Coronavirus-Related Cancellations page. The Headquarters in Harrisburg will open for license sales on Monday, June 22.

Which Pennsylvania Game Commission Public Shooting Ranges and Region Offices are Open?
Ranges in counties in the three-phase matrix's Red-phase, and where stay-at-home orders remain in place and large gatherings are prohibited will be closed. Any rifle, shotgun, pistol and archery ranges on state game lands in counties that have been upgraded to Yellow or Green will have regular hours of operation.

As of Friday, June 5 all rifle, shotgun, pistol and archery ranges on state game lands have reopened and regular hours of operation have resumed. With all Game Commission shooting ranges and region offices open again. Game Commission Executive Director Bryan Burhans thanks hunters, trappers and target shooters for their patience in recent months as the agency made adjustments to comply with COVID-19 guidelines.

Stay Safe & Healthy on State Game LandsCan the Public Access Pennsylvania State Game Lands?
Yes.
Pennsylvania’s 1.6 million acres of state game lands are open for public access, at this time. Being outdoors is good health care and self care; however, recommendations for social distancing to slow the spread of COVID-19 still apply. Refer to the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s precautionary recommendations for outdoor recreation. Be safe and stay healthy!

Are Pennsylvania Game Commission State Game Wardens Still on Duty?
Absolutely, yes.
The Game Commission’s state game wardens and dispatchers are essential employees and are working and responding to wildlife emergencies and more. As a reminder, regardless of the conditions brought on by COVID-19, it remains ILLEGAL to shoot game or wildlife, and all state laws, seasons and bag limits remain in effect. Report suspected wildlife violations to the Operation Game Thief Hotline at 1-888-PGC-8001 or online.

In Response to COVID-19, is the Pennsylvania Game Commission Considering Additional Hunting Opportunities or Changes to Existing Hunting Regulations?
Absolutely, not.
The Pennsylvania Game Commission has no plans to suspend any hunting regulations, including seasons and bag limits, and game wardens will continue to enforce all state game laws. Pennsylvania’s hunting seasons, bag limits and regulations protect wildlife populations for the long-term. We will get through this pandemic together and the Game Commission appreciates the public’s compliance and support.

Contact Us Information How Can a Wildlife Emergency be Reported?
Wildlife emergency calls can be made to the office that serves the county in which the incident occurred. The phone numbers and a map can be found to the right, or by clicking here.

Is the Pennsylvania Hunter-Trapper Education Course Available Online?
Yes. Anyone, ages 11 and up, can currently register for Pennsylvania’s online Hunter-Trapper Education course. In an effort to protect public health and reduce overall spread of COVID-19, in-person Hunter-Trapper Education classes have been cancelled through July 10. Beginning July 11, in-person classes may be offered in counties designated as "Green" in the Governor's three-phase matrix.

    Classes will be limited to 50 percent capacity to ensure that social distancing can be maintained.
  • Classes are limited to pre-registered students only. Walk-in students will not be permitted. A parent or guardian attending with a minor child is required to register or remain outside the facility. All persons in attendance will count towards the maximum number of people for the classroom.
  • Each student shall be responsible for providing their own face covering/mask and will only be allowed to bring into the classroom a jacket, keys, phone and wallet or purse. Food and drinks will not be provided. Students should bring their own meals and beverages for consumption outside of the classroom.
  • Additional information can be found here: COVID-19 Guidelines for Hunter-Trapper Education Classes

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