The Pennsylvania Game Commission is active on several social media platforms for the purpose of informing, engaging and educating the public about the agency’s mission: Managing Pennsylvania’s wild birds, wild mammals, and their habitats for current and future generations.
Whether members of the public “like” the Game Commission on Facebook or “follow” it on Twitter and/or Instagram, the agency hopes Pennsylvania wildlife enthusiasts find these modern ways to connect with favorite places, species and activities to be enjoyable, informational and educational.
Please note that all official Pennsylvania Game Commission pages are verified by the platform and each page denotes this by having a blue check mark next to the page name. Be aware of social media accounts and posts attempting to falsely misrepresent the agency.
See below for information about the Pennsylvania Game Commission social media pages, including the posting policy.
Pennsylvania Game Commission Social Media Posting Policy
The Pennsylvania Game Commission is the state's wildlife agency responsible for managing the state's wild birds, wild mammals, and their habitats for current and future generations. The purpose of the agency's social media accounts is to promote its mission, share its news, engage with followers, and provide general information and education related to wildlife conservation efforts in the state.
These pages are a family-friendly, open forum where people with an interest in wildlife conservation can share information, ask for advice and/or express responsible, respectful opinions. Game Commission staff members are not able to respond to every question or comment, but they will make an effort to provide pertinent, timely information.
The Game Commission welcomes open discussion on its social media pages. However, page users are encouraged to keep comments and posts clean to maintain a family-friendly environment. Please know that at the discretion of Game Commission, comments and other interactions on agency pages, once posted, can be discarded if they:
- Contain obscene, vulgar, profane, violent or hateful language;
- Contain personal attacks or threats of any kind;
- Target or disparage any ethnic, racial or religious group;
- Are considered spam or include links to other sites;
- Are considered clearly off topic or repetitive;
- Are considered potentially libelous (false statements);
- Advocate, suggest or encourage illegal activity;
- Promote services or political candidates or organizations;
- Infringe on copyright or trademarks;
- Include private or personal information;
- Contain gory or disturbing imagery;
- Contain drug or alcohol;
- Tend to threaten, defame, bully or harass other users; and/or
- Tend to compromise the safety or security of the public.
Activity on all Game Commission social media sites is subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws, regulations and policies. Page users engage with the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s social media channels at their own risk and assume responsibility for comments or any information provided. The agency reserves the right to ban and remove repeat offenders from the page.
External links on the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s social media pages do not constitute official endorsement on behalf of the agency. Questions about this policy can be directed to
Game Commission Mobile App
The official app of the Pennsylvania Game Commission. This app provides official information for Pennsylvania hunters and furtakers.
- What’s Near Me? – Use the hunter-focused interactive map to find places of interest that are nearest to your current location. Use the distance slider and layer options to filter results. Layers include: state game lands, license sale locations, wildlife management unit boundaries, waterfowl zones, pheasant release sites, region offices, state parks and more.
- What’s in Season? – See what’s in season by filtering species, date, or management area.
- Share Location – Let friends and family know where you are.
- View fluorescent orange requirements, legal hunting hours, license privileges, seasons and bag limits, and the current Hunting & Trapping Digest regardless of internet connection.
- Report a harvest, violation, road-killed deer, or wildlife emergency.
- Find a license issuing outlet or purchase your license or permit online.
- Check the status of your antlerless deer, elk, or controlled goose hunt application.
- Contact the Game Commission’s region offices and headquarters.
Tips for using the Mobile app
Turn on the location services. The mobile application will only access pertinent location information, in real time, to utilize location-dependent features.
Filter What’s In Season by location. When choosing a location, you can select a Wildlife Management Unit, duck zone, goose zone, elk management area, or all.
External links. Some links will take you outside of the app and require an internet connection. They are designated with a box and arrow icon to the right of the link. Example:
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Using the Map.
- Use the compass icon, top right, to see the map legend.
- Use the menu button, top right, to find additional layers. Tap the arrow next to a heading for sub menus.
- Use the folding map, top left, to change the map’s base layer.
Using the Near Me feature.
- Tap Near Me to bring up a filter selection.
- Select a distance and layer(s) of interest, then tap Filter Results.
Future Features in the Works
Some features are already in the hopper for future enhancements
- What’s Near There. We have a what’s Near Me feature, we’re working on what’s Near There that could be used for planning trips away from your current location.
- Links and alerts to News Releases
- Reporting a violation to the appropriate region office based on your current location (the way the Report a Road-killed Deer feature works)
- Returning a list of the nearest bear/elk check stations from your current location (rather than the static .pdf information from the Digest)
- Push notifications