Pennsylvania Falconry Season Overview

Bobcat

  • Season Dates: December 16, 2023 - January 7, 2024
  • Daily Limit: 1
  • Possession Limit: 1

Beaver

  • Season Dates: December 16, 2023 - March 31, 2024
  • Limits: Varies depending on Wildlife Management Unit (WMU)

Fisher

  • Season Dates: December 16 - 31, 2024
  • Daily Limit: 1
  • Possession Limit: 1

River Otter

  • Season Dates: February 10 - 17, 2024
  • Daily Limit: 1
  • Possession Limit: 1

Coyote, Fox, Opossum, Raccoon, Striped Skunk, and Weasel

  • Season Dates: October 21, 2023 - February 18, 2024
  • Limits: No limit

Mink and Muskrat

  • Season Dates: November 18, 2023 - January 7, 2024
  • Limits: No limit

Squirrels (Combined)

  • Season Dates:
    • September 1 - November 11, 2023
    • November 13-18, 2023
    • November 20-25, 2023
    • November 27, 2023 - March 30, 2024
  • Daily Limit: 6
  • Possession Limit: 18

Bobwhite Quail

  • Season Dates: Same as Squirrels
  • Limits: No limit

Ruffed Grouse

  • Season Dates: Same as Squirrels
  • Daily Limit: 2
  • Possession Limit: 6

Cottontail Rabbit

  • Season Dates: Same as Squirrels
  • Daily Limit: 4
  • Possession Limit: 12

Snowshoe or Varying Hares

  • Season Dates: Same as Squirrels
  • Daily Limit: 1
  • Possession Limit: 3

Pheasant (Male or Female Combined)

  • Season Dates: Same as Squirrels
  • Daily Limit: 2
  • Possession Limit: 6

Important Notes for Falconers

  • Falconry License: Ensure you possess a valid falconry license and are familiar with the specific falconry regulations.
  • Species Restrictions: Be aware of the species that are permissible for falconry and adhere to the limits.
  • Conservation: Practice ethical hunting with your bird of prey, keeping in mind the conservation of wildlife.
  • Reporting: Follow any reporting requirements set by the Pennsylvania Game Commission.
  • Safety: Prioritize the safety and welfare of the bird of prey during the hunting season.

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