Pennsylvania Small Game Hunting Seasons Overview

Squirrel Season (Junior Hunt)

  • Species: Red, Gray, Black, and Fox Squirrels
  • Hunting Dates for Junior Hunters: September 9-23, 2023
  • Daily Limit: 6 squirrels (of any combination of species)
  • Possession Limit: 18 squirrels after the first day

Rabbit Season

  • Species: Cottontail Rabbit
  • Hunting Season:
    • October 14 - November 11, 2023
    • November 13-18, 2023
    • November 20-24, 2023
    • December 11-23, 2023
    • December 26, 2023 - February 29, 2024
    • Sundays: November 12 and November 19, 2023
  • Daily Limit: 4 rabbits
  • Possession Limit: 12 rabbits

Rabbit Season (Junior Hunt)

  • Species: Cottontail Rabbit
  • Hunting Dates for Junior Hunters: September 30 - October 14, 2023
  • Daily Limit: 4 rabbits
  • Possession Limit: 12 rabbits

Hare Season

  • Species: Snowshoe Rabbits or Varying Hares
  • Statewide Hunting Dates: December 26, 2023 - January 1, 2024
  • Daily Limit: 1 hare
  • Possession Limit: 3 hares

Woodchuck (Groundhog) Season

  • Hunting Dates:
    • July 1 - November 11, 2023
    • November 13-18, 2023
    • November 20-24, 2023
    • December 11, 2023 - June 29, 2024
    • Sundays: November 12 and November 19, 2023
  • Daily Limit: No limit
  • Possession Limit: No limit

Key Information for Hunters

  • Junior Hunts: Special seasons are designated for junior hunters, offering an excellent opportunity for young enthusiasts to gain experience.
  • License Requirements: Ensure compliance with licensing requirements, especially for junior hunters.
  • Safety and Ethics: Practice safe and ethical hunting, including wearing appropriate attire and following the rules of fair chase.
  • Habitat Awareness: Familiarize yourself with the habitats of these species to increase hunting success.
  • Reporting: Adhere to the reporting requirements set by the Pennsylvania Game Commission.
  • Conservation: Remember, these regulations are in place for wildlife conservation; adhere to them to support sustainable hunting practices.

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