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GENERAL HUNTING REGULATIONS
License Information: It is unlawful to hunt or trap wildlife without first
obtaining the required hunting or furtaker licenses. All hunters should be
sure that they have the proper and applicable licenses and tags in their
possession for the seasons and species they intend to hunt or trap before
heading afield. It's unlawful to carry the license of another person while
hunting, or to or from hunting. While afield, in addition to their license,
sportsmen are required to have in their possession additional cards or
papers that must be shown to an officer or landowner upon request to
confirm identification.

qualify for a Disabled Person's Permit, but who has health concerns or
problems to sit in or near a legally "parked" vehicle and watch for game.
Loaded firearms, or attachments, may never be placed in, on or against
any motor vehicle at any time.
NOTE: It is unlawful to dig out or take any wild bird or animal from its
den or place of refuge.

Possession Limits: It is unlawful on the opening day of a hunting season
to 1) possess more than the daily limit; 2) after the second day possess
more game than may be legally taken in three days. A Field Possession
Limit is the maximum number of legally taken wildlife of a species that
a person may legally possess or transport between the place of taking and
the person's permanent place of residence.

Loaded Firearms - Vehicles: A firearm is considered loaded when there is
live ammunition in either the chamber or attached magazine. It is unlawful
to 1) have a loaded firearm, or attachments, in, on or against any motor
vehicle, regardless of whether the vehicle is moving or stationary; and 2)
have a loaded firearm in watercraft under power, or shoot from a powered
watercraft until the motor has been shut off and the craft has come to a
complete stop. Holders of License to Carry Firearms Permit are exempt, but
keep in mind that most sporting firearms are not authorized by the permit.
It is prohibited to have any muzzleloading firearm that has a live charge
of ammunition in its firing chamber and a primer, flash powder or a battery,
whichever is applicable, properly positioned in the firing mechanism of the
firearm rendering it capable of discharge, in, on or against any conveyance
propelled by mechanical power. Any crossbow that has been cocked and
has a bolt affixed onto the string or positioned into the firing mechanism
of the device is prohibited in, on or against any conveyance propelled by
mechanical power. For safety, a muzzleloader or crossbow bolt should be
fired into soft ground before those devices are transported in a vehicle.

Roadkilled Deer/Possessing Wildlife: It is unlawful at any time to possess
live wildlife, except foxes for which a permit has been issued, or animals,
or parts of animals, killed on highways. Pennsylvania residents may possess deer or turkeys killed by a motor vehicle for personal consumption
only if they secure a permit number from the Game Commission within
24 hours after taking the deer or turkey; call the appropriate region office.
It is not legal to kill "put out of its misery" any injured wildlife; again, call
the region office. It is unlawful to give the whole or edible part of a deer
killed on a highway to another person. It is not lawful to keep, for example,
antlers from road-killed deer or the beard or spurs of a road-killed turkey.
It is unlawful to sell inedible parts from game or wildlife lawfully taken
(including taxidermy mounts), unless such parts are disposed of by the
original owner within 90 days after the close of the season in which the
game or wildlife was taken. Holders of a valid furtaker license may possess
a furbearer killed on a highway, except for bobcats, fishers or river otters.
Persons taking possession of any furbearer killed on a highway during the
closed season for taking that furbearer shall within 24 hours contact any
Game Commission region office to make notification of said possession.
Safety Zones: It is unlawful to hunt for, shoot at, trap, take, chase or disturb
wildlife within 150 yards of any occupied residence, camp, industrial or
commercial building, farm house or farm building, or school or playground
without the permission of the occupants. It is unlawful to shoot into a safety
zone, even if you are outside of the zone. Driving game, even without a
firearm or bow, within a safety zone without permission is unlawful. For
comparison, think of a safety zone as about one and a half football fields.
Hunting on hospital and institutional grounds, and in cemeteries, is also
prohibited. It is unlawful to discharge a firearm within 150 yards of a Game
Commission vehicle if its occupants are releasing pheasants. The safety
zone for archery hunters statewide, including those using crossbows, is
50 yards. Archery hunters carrying muzzleloaders during any muzzleloader season must abide by the 150-yard safety zone regulation. Around
playgrounds, schools, nursery schools or day-care centers, the safety zone
remains 150 yards.
Fluorescent Orange: See the two-page Fluorescent Orange Requirements
section elsewhere in this Digest and the species-specific pages for more
fluorescent orange requirements information. Waterfowlers, furtakers
hunting furbearers (some exceptions with coyotes), dove, spring turkey
and crow hunters, and hunters participating in the after-Christmas flintlock
muzzleloader deer season (see Special Regulations Areas section elsewhere
in this Digest), are not required to wear fluorescent orange. Archery hunters
also carrying a muzzleloader during any muzzleloader season must meet the
fluorescent orange requirements of the muzzleloader season.
Road Hunting: It is unlawful to 1) hunt from a vehicle; 2) shoot at
wildlife on a public road or right-of-way open to public travel; 3) shoot
across a road unless the line of fire is high enough to preclude any danger
to road users; and 4) alight from a vehicle and shoot at any wildlife until
the shooter is at least 25 yards from the traveled portion of the roadway.
NOTE: These provisions do not prevent an individual, who may not

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Unlawful Firearms & Devices: 1) Automatic and semi-automatic (autoloading) rifles and handguns; 2) air- or gas-operated rifles and handguns.

Firearms - Magazine Capacity: Manual or autoloading shotguns to hunt
small game, furbearers, turkeys, waterfowl or crows must be limited to a
3-shell capacity in the chamber and magazine combined. A plug must be
a one-piece filler installed so it cannot be readily removed without disassembling the gun or magazine.
Firearms - Handguns: A Sportsman's Firearms Permit or a License to
Carry Firearms is required to carry a handgun, or have it in a motor vehicle. Licenses to Carry Firearms permits are issued by county sheriffs or
the Philadelphia Chief of Police. The License to Carry Firearms permit
only entitles bowhunters or spotlighters, for instance, to carry firearms that
fall within this classification. County treasurers issue Sportsman's Firearms
Permits. A person holding a Sportsman's Firearms Permit may not carry
a concealed handgun or a loaded handgun in a vehicle, and may not
carry a handgun while bowhunting or spotlighting.
Electronic Devices: It is unlawful to hunt with any electronic contrivance or device except: 1) Electronic callers may be used to hunt bobcats,
coyotes, foxes, raccoons and crows, and snow geese in the conservation
hunt season. 2) Lighted pins on bow sights and scopes with lighted reticles
may be used as long as they don't cast a beam. Any device used as a sight
or scope on any firearm, bow or crossbow that projects a light beam of
any kind onto the target is unlawful. 3) Portable, two-way radios and cell
phones may be used for general communications with another hunter,
but may not be used to direct or alert another hunter of the presence or
location of live game or wildlife. The use of electronic communication
devices to alert hunters to live game is not only a violation of the Game
& Wildlife Code, but violates the concept of Fair Chase. The use of
portable radios does not satisfy the legal requirement of accompanying
a junior hunter. The accompanying adult must be close enough to give
verbal instructions without the aid of an electronic device. 4) Electronic
sound amplification devices that are incorporated into hearing protection
devices and completely contained in or on the hunter's ear may be used to
hunt or take wildlife. The following devices may be used to hunt or take
wildlife: Any manually operated firearm that uses an electronic impulse
to detonate the primer or main powder charge of the ammunition, unless
such firearms are specifically prohibited devices. Electronic illuminating
devices that are affixed at the aft end of a bolt or arrow and used solely for
the purpose of locating or tracking bolt or arrow flight after being launched
from a crossbow or bow.

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