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Pennsylvania

Hunting

Turkey Hunting Seasons

Fall season

1 bird, either sex

Oct. 30-Nov. 19; Nov. 24-26

WMU 2B

Oct. 30-Nov. 6

WMUs 1A, 1B, 4A, 4B, 4D & 4E

Oct. 30-Nov. 13

WMUs 2A, 2F, 2G, 2H, 3A, 3B, 3C, 3D & 4C

Oct. 30-Nov. 13; Nov. 24-26

WMUs 2C, 2D & 2E

Nov. 2-4

WMU 5B

Closed to fall hunting

WMUs 5A, 5C & 5D

Arms & Ammunition

1) Manually operated and semiautomatic shotguns limited to a three-shell capacity in the chamber and magazine combined; 2) Muzzleloading shotguns, muzzleloading rifles and muzzleloading handguns; 3) Long, recurve, compound bows (minimum draw weight of 35 pounds) or crossbows with a broadhead that has a fixed or mechanical tip affixed to the fore end of an arrow or bolt having sharpened cutting edges consisting of metal or naturally occurring stone. The broadhead must have an outside diameter or width of at least 7/8 of an inch, and the length may not exceed 3.25 inches.

Shot no larger than No. 4 lead, No. 2 steel or No. 4 of any other U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service-approved nontoxic shot. Carrying or using single-projectile ammunition, rifles or handguns is unlawful.

Fluorescent Orange

Turkey hunters are no longer required to wear fluorescent orange material, although it is strongly recommended that they do so.

Mentored Hunters

Mentored hunters may participate. Birds taken by mentored hunters under the age of 7 must be tagged with harvest tag transferred from his or her mentor.

Sunday Hunting

Fall and spring turkey hunting is closed on Sundays.

Dogs

Dogs may be used during the fall season.

Spring season

Up to 2 bearded birds, (1 per day) with proper licenses.

Spring turkey hunting is open statewide

Youth Hunt

April 23, 2022

Statewide Season

April 30-May 31, 2022

Hunting Hours

Hunting hours during the April 23 youth hunt, and from April 30 to May 14 of the statewide season begin one-half hour before sunrise and end at noon. Hunters are asked to be out of the woods by 1 p.m. during those periods. From May 16 to May 31, hunting hours begin one-half hour before sunrise and end one-half hour after sunset.

Arms & Ammunition

1) Manually operated and semiautomatic shotguns limited to a three-shell capacity in the chamber and magazine combined; 2) Muzzleloading shotguns of all types and gauges; 3) Long, recurve, compound bows (minimum draw weight of 35 pounds) or crossbows with legal broadheads (see broadhead requirements in fall season section).

Fine shot no larger than No. 4 lead, No. 2 steel or No. 4 of any other approved nontoxic shot. Rifle/shotgun combination guns may be used if ammunition is limited to shotgun shells. Carrying or using single-projectile ammunition, rifles or handguns is unlawful.

Mentored Hunters

Mentored hunters may participate. Harvest tags are provided to mentored hunters 7 and older. Birds taken by mentored hunters under the age of 7 must be tagged with a harvest tag transferred from the youth’s mentor. Each mentored hunter may take only one turkey during the spring.

Youth Hunt

Only licensed junior hunters and properly permitted mentored youth (16 and under) may participate, and must be accompanied by an adult as required by law (see License Information section). Each hunter may harvest only one bearded bird during the Youth Hunt. Birds harvested by mentored youth under age 7 must be tagged with a harvest tag transferred to the Mentored Youth from his or her adult mentor.

No Stalking

Hunting by calling only.

Bearded Birds

Only turkeys with visible beards are legal. It is suggested, though, that hunters refrain from knowingly harvesting bearded hens because they nest and raise broods.

Dogs

Dogs may not be used during the spring season.