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SPECIAL REGULATIONS AREAS
Special Regulations Areas include: In western Pennsylvania, all of Allegheny County. In southeastern Pennsylvania, all of Bucks,
Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties, and also includes Ridley Creek and Tyler state parks. The following
regulations apply to Special Regulations Areas.
DEER: All Special Regulations Area counties are now contained within the Wildlife Management Unit system. Seasons and
antler restriction requirements are based mostly on these units and general deer seasons. However, certain laws and regulations in
regards to arms and ammunition still apply to specific counties in Special Regulations Areas. Also, the regulation: when multiple
PECIAL EGULATIONS REAS
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 deerRegulations Areas include: apply when hunting in Special Regulations Areas. Baiting for deer without a permit
shall be lawfully tagged, does not In western Pennsylvania, all of Allegheny County. In southeastern
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(see below) is not permitted on private lands in the Southeast Special Regulations Areas.
Pennsylvania, all of Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties.

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DEER & BEAR SEASON ARMS & AMMUNITION: Allegheny County - Muzzleloading long guns 44 caliber or larger, bows and arrows,
crossbows, manual or semi-automatic shotguns, .410 or larger using slugs. Buckshot is not permitted. Philadelphia County - Only
bows and arrows, including crossbows. Ridley Creek and Tyler state parks - Manual or semi-automatic shotguns 20-gauge or larger
using buckshot, bows and arrows and crossbows. Remaining Counties - Muzzleloading long guns, 44 caliber or larger, manual or
semi-automatic shotguns, .410 or larger, using slugs; 20-gauge or larger, using buckshot, bows and crossbows. Crossbows must have
a minimum draw weight of 125 pounds.
DEER SEASONS & FLUORESCENT ORANGE REQUIREMENTS: Deer Archery (Antlerless Only) WMUs 2B, 5C & 5D: Sept. 20-Oct. 3 &
Nov. 17-29. No fluorescent orange required. Deer Archery (Antlered & Antlerless) WMUs 2B, 5C & 5D: Jan. 12-24. During the
Oct. 18-25 muzzleloader antlerless season, 250 square inches of fluorescent orange is required while moving, but may be removed
provided 100 square inches of fluorescent material is placed within 15 feet. Flintlock season Dec. 26-Jan. 10: fluorescent orange is
not required, but keep in mind a firearms deer season is open and it is suggested that orange be worn. Deer Antlerless (Statewide):
Junior, senior license holders, disable person permit holders and PA residents serving on active duty in the U.S. armed forces. Oct.
23-25: 250 square inches of fluorescent orange on the head, chest and back at all times is required.
DEER ANTLERLESS MUZZLELOADER (STATEWIDE): Oct. 18-25: 250 square inches of fluorescent orange on the head, chest and back
at all times is required. Deer Firearms Season (Antlered & Antlerless): Dec. 1-13: 250 square inches of fluorescent orange on
the head, chest and back at all times is required. Deer Flintlock (Antlered & Antlerless) WMUs 2B, 5C & 5D: Dec. 26-Jan. 24:
fluorescent orange is not required, but keep in mind, a firearms deer season is open and it is suggested that orange be worn. Deer
Firearms (Antlerless) Allegheny, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties: Dec. 26-Jan. 24: 250 square
inches of fluorescent orange on the head, chest and back at all times is required.
SMALL GAME, HUNTABLE FURBEARERS & CROWS: Manually operated or semi-automatic shotguns plugged to a 3-shell capacity;
manually operated 22 caliber or less rimfire rifles and handguns; and bows and crossbows. Lawful While Trapping: Manually operated
22 caliber or less rimfire rifles and handguns, except as noted under specific "Furtaking" regulations elsewhere in the Digest. For
small game in WMUs 2B, 5C & 5D, 250 square inches of fluorescent orange on the head, chest and back at all times is required.
Hunters after furbearers and crows do not need to wear fluorescent orange. Woodchuck hunters must wear a solid fluorescent cap
visible 360 degrees.

DEER ATTRACTANT PERMIT FOR SOUTHEAST SPECIAL REGULATIONS AREAS
A permit has been created that allows private-property owners in the southeastern special regulations areas limited opportunities
to use bait while deer hunting. Baiting already is allowed in the special regulations areas on properties enrolled in the agency's
Deer Depredation Program, commonly called the "Red Tag" program. Through the use of permitted baiting, there is the potential
for higher deer harvests in an area where there is high potential for human-deer conflicts, and where hunting access is extremely
limited. Baiting must be limited to shelled corn and protein pellet supplements, not to exceed five gallons per site, and distributed
through automatic mechanical feeders set to dispense bait up to three times a day during legal hunting hours. The permit is free,
and a landowner or authorized land agent who possesses a valid hunting license can apply. For more information, visit the Game
Commission website at www.pgc.state.pa.us.

FERAL SWINE
Feral swine have no place in Pennsylvania. They pose a very real threat to native Pennsylvania wildlife and wildlife habitats. Not only do they
damage wildlife habitats, but they will kill birds, the young of many mammalian species, and transmit a host of dangerous diseases. Because they
have no natural predators, can live anywhere, and reproduce rapidly, they will be difficult to control in the best of circumstances.
In some areas of the state, protection may be removed from feral swine by an executive order of the director; however, to increase the efficiency
of eradication efforts, protection may be applied to townships or counties where eradication trapping operations are being actively conducted. If
you think you may encounter a feral swine, refer to our website (www.pgc.state.pa.us) for specific details on townships or counties that may have
restrictions on incidental shooting of feral swine.
Feral swine may be hunted during lawful daylight hunting hours, except Sundays, with a hunting or furtaker license. However, feral swine may
be taken from the first day to the last day inclusive of any big game season only by persons lawfully engaged in hunting big game who have a valid
tag. Hunters are required to wear 250 square inches of fluorescent orange material on the head, chest and back combined. Firearm and archery
equipment is restricted to lawful arms and ammunition identified in the Game & Wildlife Code Sec. 2308. If you kill a feral swine, contact the
nearest region office within 24 hours, so samples can be collected for disease testing.

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