Pennsylvania Junior Hunts Information

Junior Hunts in Pennsylvania: Key Information


  • Target Species: Squirrels, rabbits, and pheasants.
  • Eligibility: Young hunters and mentored hunters under 17 years.

Season Dates

  • Junior Squirrel Season: September 9-23.
  • Junior Rabbit Season: September 30-October 14.
  • Junior Pheasant Season: October 7-14.

Regulations and Requirements

  • Supervision: Must be accompanied by an adult as per legal requirements.
  • License Requirements:
    • No license needed for squirrels or rabbits if the young hunter has completed a Hunter-Trapper Education course.
    • A junior hunting license or mentored youth permit is necessary for pheasants, along with a free permit.
  • Bag Limits and Regulations: Same as the regular season.
  • Pheasant Hunting Permit: Free junior pheasant hunting permit required for resident and nonresident junior license holders and mentored hunters under 17.
  • Stocking Locations for Pheasants: Details available at or through the Centralized Dispatch Center.
    • Approximately 15,000 pheasants are stocked statewide before the Junior Pheasant Hunt.

Additional Notes

  • These early hunting opportunities for junior hunters are designed to encourage youth participation and interest in hunting, offering a controlled and supervised environment to learn and practice hunting skills. The specific rules, such as the requirement of supervision by an adult and the need for appropriate licenses and permits, are established to ensure safety and adherence to wildlife management regulations.
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