PA Hunting Licenses


In 1913, the Resident Hunter’s License Law was placed in effect.  “It became necessary for all gunners, execpet those residing on or cultivating the soil, to purchase a license to hunt within the Commonwealth”  All of the money collected from the $1.00 license fee would constitute the Pennsylvania Game Fund.  Half of the moneies from the Game fund would be used for “Administering the game resources of the State” and the other half was to be set aside for payment of bounties for killing of selected species.

Throughout the years, additional licenses and permits have been established from archery to muzzleloader.  Senior, Junior, Antlerless and Bear are a few others.  All have become collectable to most.  This site looks at four types of licenses: Resident, Special Issue, Special Deer and Antlerless.

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