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Tagging - TransporTing - reporTing
Tagging Big Game:
Hunters (including mentored hunters who harvest a deer or
a turkey) who harvest a deer, bear, elk or turkey must follow
instructions printed on tags supplied with licenses. Big game
must be tagged immediately after harvest and before carcass
is moved. Tag must be attached to the ear of a deer or bear,
or the body of an elk and remain attached until the animal is
processed for consumption or prepared for mounting. When
multiple harvests of deer per day are authorized, only one deer
at a time may be taken. Before attempting to take an additional
deer, the first deer shall be lawfully tagged (This doesn't apply in
the Special Regulations Areas). Turkey tags must be attached
to the bird's leg.
Tagging requirements for persons authorized to hunt without
a license are identical, except that a handmade tag must be used
listing the hunter's name, address, game harvested and date,
time, WMU, county and township where it was taken.
Once you have used your tag it is unlawful to possess it in the
field. Also, remember to remove your old hunting license from
your possession while in the field. If you keep your old licenses
with you while hunting you may accidentally use a tag from a
previous year to tag your deer, bear or turkey and, unknowingly,
violate the law.

Transporting Big Game:

Deer, bear, elk and turkey under transport, including those taken
outside of Pennsylvania, must have an appropriate tag completed
and attached. Unmarked parts of a big game carcass taken in
Pennsylvania may be transported. Upon request of any Commission law enforcement officer, the name and address of the
person who killed the animal must be furnished, along with other
information necessary to properly establish legal possession.

Reporting Big Game:
Each hunter who harvests a deer or turkey must within 10 days
(5 days for turkeys or deer taken by mentored hunters, or

persons required to make a homemade tag) report it to the Game
Commission at Harrisburg, using a postage-paid report card supplied
in this Digest, online at www.pgc.state.pa.us or over the phone. The
report cards are self-explanatory, but be sure to read thoroughly
before filling out. Use one report card per animal harvested. For
second license turkey and DMAP antlerless deer, where reporting
is required regardless of harvest success, be sure to check the "no
harvest" box if no game is harvested. Hunters also can report their
big-game harvests online at the agency's website: www.pgc.state.pa.us
by following instructions given there. Hunters and trappers also
can report their deer, turkey, bobcat and fisher harvests over the
telephone through the Interactive Voice Response (IVR) system by
calling 1-855-PAHUNT1 (1-855-724-8681). Sportsmen will need
to have their license and their copy of the carcass tags attached to
harvested animals available to complete the call; along with the
data captured for particular animals, such as number of points or
beard length. Sportsmen should record the confirmation number
supplied by the IVR system for each animal reported. Harvests
submitted through the IVR system will be available for review on
the Game Commission's Internet harvest reporting site; go to www.
pgc.state.pa.us and follow the link labeled "Report Your Harvest."
Within 24 hours, each person who harvests a bear or elk must take
the animal, along with hunting license and bear or elk license, to a
Game Commission check station for examination. Bear check stations are maintained at Commission offices and at other locations
listed elsewhere in this Digest. The elk check station is located in
Quehanna in Clearfield County.

Subsequent Kill if Big Game Unfit for Consumption:
Any person who legally kills any big game animal and discovers that
the flesh was unfit for human consumption at the time of killing shall,
within 12 hours following the discovery, deliver the entire carcass,
less entrails, but including the head and hide, to any Commission
officer who, being satisfied that the game was unfit for human consumption at the time killed, shall issue a written authorization to
the person to kill a second animal or bird of the same species during
the unexpired portion of the season for that species.

Dog Training regulaTions
Dogs are not permitted to hunt big game, except for turkeys during the fall. All State Game Lands are closed to all dog training activities from the
Monday prior to the start of the youth pheasant season until the close of the youth pheasant season. On Wild Pheasant Recovery Areas, dog training
is prohibited from the first Sunday in February through July 31 each year.
In areas that are identified as woodcock habitat

management areas, additional prohibitions on dog
*	There	is	no	closed	season	for	training	dogs.
training, or entry of dogs into these areas on or off leash
	 *	A	hunting	or	furtaker	license	is	not	required	for	dog	training.
	 *	Dogs	may	not	be	trained	on	private	land	on	Sunday	without	the	landowner's	permission. for any reason are prohibited from April 1 to July 15.
	 *	A	person	may	not	carry	a	rifle,	shotgun	or	bow	and	arrows	while	training	dogs.
	 *	Dogs	are	not	permitted	to	injure	or	kill	wildlife.	Owners	are	liable	for	any	wildlife	killed	or	injured	by	dogs.	When training dogs, hunters need to
be aware of and avoid areas, especially wetlands, where birds are nesting.
	 *	All	hunters	are	urged	to	respect	dog	owners	and	their	sport.	Dogs	can	be	attracted	by	electronic	calling	devices,	as	well	as	turkey	calls.	Be	sure	of	
your target. While the law requires dogs to be under the control of their owner or handler at all times, dogs often are not within sight of their handler
while tracking game. Dogs cannot read no trespassing signs and do not heed fences. If you see a hunting dog running or barking, even though you may
not see the handler, he or she is probably not far behind. It is unlawful for dogs to chase or pursue big game, however, the PGC recommends that dogs
not be shot unless they are actually in the act of attacking a big game animal and there is no other option. If you see a dog or dogs chasing any deer,
bear, elk or turkey, please contact the Game Commission and report the violation. Hunting dog owners have significant amounts of time and money
invested	in	their	dogs,	and	they	consider	their	dogs	hunting	partners	and	friends.	Please	do	not	shoot	hunting	dogs	just	because	you	do	not	immediately	
see their handler.
	 *	There	are	appropriate	penalties	in	the	Game	and	Wildlife	Code	to	deter	owners	from	permitting	their	dogs	to	chase	big	game.	If you shoot a dog
that is not attacking a big game animal you could be subject to prosecution under the Crimes Code as a misdemeanor offense with penalties of up
to $5,000 and two years imprisonment, as well as civil liability for the restitution of the dog. Any person who destroys a dog (licensed or unlicensed)
attacking a big game animal must report the incident to the dog's owner or a Game Commission officer within 48 hours, as required by law.
	 *	Electronic	devices	may	be	used	for	locating	dogs	while	training	or	hunting,	including	such	devices	as	e-collars,	radio-telemetry	dog	tracking	systems	
and beeper collars.
In addition to the regulations, dogs should be handled in a safe and humane manner, with adequate consideration to temperature and ventilation in
transportation cages and compartments.

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