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2003-2004

2003-2004 HUNTING-TRAPPING SEASONS AND BAG LIMITS


(Source: Pennsylvania Game Commission)

SMALL GAME

SQUIRRELS, Red, Gray, Black and Fox (Combined): Special season for eligible junior hunters, with or without required license – Oct. 11-13 (6 daily, 12 in possession limit after first day).

SQUIRRELS, Red, Gray, Black and Fox (Combined): Fall Season – Oct. 18-Nov. 29; Late Seasons – Dec. 15–23, and Dec. 26-Feb. 7, 2004 (6 daily, 12 in possession limit after first day).

RUFFED GROUSE: Oct. 18–Nov. 29, Dec. 15–23 and Dec. 26-Jan. 10, 2004 (2 daily, 4 possession).  There is no open season for taking ruffed grouse in that portion of State Game Lands No. 176 in Centre County which is posted “RESEARCH AREA – NO GROUSE HUNTING.”

RABBIT (Cottontail): Oct. 25-Nov. 29, Dec. 15-23 and Dec. 26-Feb. 7, 2004 (4 daily, 8 possession).

PHEASANT: Special season for eligible junior hunters, with or without required license – Male only in WMUs 1A, 2A, 2B, 2C, 4A, 4B, 4C, 4D, 4E, 5A, 5B, 5C and 5D and Male and female in WMUs 1B, 2D, 2E, 2F, 2G, 3A, 3B, 3C and 3D – Oct. 11-13 (2 daily, 4 in possession).

PHEASANT: Male only in WMUs 1A, 2A, 2B, 2C, 4A, 4B, 4C, 4D, 4E, 5A, 5B, 5C and 5D – Oct. 25-Nov. 29. Male and female in WMUs 1B, 2D, 2E, 2F, 2G, 3A, 3B, 3C and 3D – Oct. 25- Nov. 29, Dec. 15–23 and Dec. 26-Feb. 7, 2004 (2 daily, 4 in possession).

BOBWHITE QUAIL: Oct. 25-Nov. 29 (4 daily, 8 possession). (Closed in WMUs 4A, 4B, 5A, 5B, 5C and 5D.)

HARES (SNOWSHOE RABBITS) OR VARYING HARES: Dec. 26–Jan. 3, 2004 (1 daily, 2 possession).

WOODCHUCKS (GROUNDHOGS): No closed season except during the antlered and antlerless deer seasons and until noon daily during the spring gobbler turkey season.

CROWS: July 4-Nov. 30, and Dec. 26-April 4, 2004, on Friday, Saturday and Sunday only.  No limit.

STARLINGS AND ENGLISH SPARROWS: No closed season except during the antlered and antlerless deer seasons and until noon daily during the spring gobbler turkey season. No limit.

BIG GAME

WILD TURKEY (Male or Female): Wildlife Management Units 1A, 2A and 2B (Shotgun and bow and arrow)- Nov. 1-22; WMU 1B (Shotgun and bow and arrow) – Nov. 1-15; WMUs 2C, 2D, 2E, 2F, 2G, 3A, 3B, 3C, 3D, 4A, 4B, 4C, 4D and 4E – Nov. 1-22; WMUs 5A and 5B – CLOSED TO FALL TURKEY HUNTING; and WMUs 5C and 5D (Shotgun and bow and arrow) – Nov. 1-8. (1 bird limit)

SPRING GOBBLER: Special season for eligible junior hunters, with required license, and when properly accompanied – April 24, 2004. (1 bird limit)

SPRING GOBBLER (Bearded bird only): May 1-29, 2004. (1 bird limit)

BLACK BEAR (Statewide): Nov. 24-26. One bear per hunting license year.

BLACK BEAR (WMU 3D): Dec. 1-6. One bear per hunting license year.

ELK (Antlered or Antlerless): Nov. 10-15.  Daily and season limit: one.  Elk license allocation: 20 antlered elk; 80 antlerless elk.

DEER

DEER, ARCHERY (Antlered and Antlerless) Statewide: Oct.4-Nov. 15 and Dec. 26-Jan. 10, 2004.  One antlered deer per hunting license year.  One antlerless deer with each required antlerless license.

DEER (Antlered and Antlerless) Statewide: Dec. 1-13.  One antlered deer per hunting license year.  An antlerless deer with each required antlerless license.

ANTLERLESS DEER (Statewide): Oct. 23-25.  Junior and Senior License Holders, Disabled Person Permit (to use a vehicle) Holders, and Pennsylvania residents serving on active duty in the U.S. Armed Services or in the U.S. Coast Guard only, with required antlerless license. Also included are persons who have reached or will reach their 65th birthday in the year of the application for a license and hold a valid adult license, or qualify for license and fee exemptions under section 2706.  One antlerless deer with each required antlerless license.

DEER, ANTLERLESS MUZZLELOADER (Statewide): Oct. 18-25.  An antlerless deer with each required antlerless license. 

DEER, ANTLERED OR ANTLERLESS FLINTLOCK (Statewide): Dec. 26-Jan. 10, 2004.  One antlered per hunting license year, or one antlerless deer and an additional antlerless deer with each required antlerless license. 

DEER, ANTLERLESS (Military Bases):  Hunting permitted on days established by the U.S. Department of the Army at Letterkenny Army Depot, Franklin County; New Cumberland Army Depot, York County; and Fort Detrick, Raven Rock Site, Adams County.  An antlerless deer with each required antlerless license. 

DEER, Antlerless (WMUs 2B, 5C and 5D):  Dec. 26-Jan. 10, 2004. An antlerless deer with each required antlerless license.

     Antler Restrictions:
  • In WMUs 1A, 1B, 2A, 2B and 2D, hunters will be required to abide by the four points on one side antler restriction;
  • In all other WMUs, hunters will be required to abide by a three points on one side antler restriction; and
  • Statewide, all junior license holders, disabled hunters with a permit to use a vehicle and active duty U.S. Armed Services personnel will be able to abide by the old antler restrictions of one antler of three or more inches in length or one antler with at least two points.

Antlerless License Allocations: WMU 1A, 44,000; WMU 1B, 37,000; WMU 2A, 45,000; WMU 2B, 45,000; WMU 2C, 65,000; WMU 2D; 58,000; WMU 2E, 29,000; WMU 2F, 44,000; WMU 2G, 52,000; WMU 3A, 28,000; WMU 3B, 45,000; WMU 3C, 40,000; WMU 3D, 50,000; WMU 4A, 37,000; WMU 4B, 38,000; WMU 4C, 46,000; WMU 4D, 58,000; WMU 4E, 38,000; WMU 5A, 28,000; WMU 5B, 60,000; WMU 5C, 66,000; and WMU 5D, 20,000.

FURBEARER

RACCOON & FOXES: Oct. 18–Feb. 21, 2004. No limit.

COYOTE, OPOSSUM, SKUNKS & WEASELS: No closed season, with certain exceptions during deer and spring turkey seasons.  No limit.

BOBCAT (WMUs 2F, 2G, 3A, 3B, 3C and 3D):  Oct. 18-Feb. 21, 2004.  One per permit.  (Bobcats may only be taken by furtakers in possession of a Bobcat Hunting-Trapping permit.)

TRAPPING

MINK & MUSKRAT: Nov. 22–Jan. 10, 2004.  No limit.

COYOTE, FOXES, OPOSSUM, RACCOON, SKUNKS, WEASELS: Oct. 19–Feb. 21, 2004.  No limit.

BEAVER (Statewide): Dec. 26–March 31, 2004 (Limits vary depending on WMU).

BOBCAT (WMUs 2F, 2G, 3A, 3B, 3C and 3D):  Oct. 19-Feb. 21, 2004.  One per permit.  (Bobcats may only be taken by furtakers in possession of a Bobcat Hunting-Trapping permit.)

FALCONRY

SQUIRRELS (combined), QUAIL, RUFFED GROUSE, COTTONTAIL RABBITS, SNOWSHOE OR VARYING HARE, RINGNECK PHEASANT (Male or Female combined): Sept. 1-March 31, 2004.  Daily and Field Possession limits vary.

No open season on other wild birds or mammals.  Waterfowl and Migratory Game Bird seasons will be established in accordance with Federal Regulations this summer.






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