New Hunting Regs for Pennsylvania

posted on June 5, 2017

Two major regulations will come into play for Pennsylvania’s fall 2017 hunting season.

First, as announced earlier this year by the Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners (PBGC), adults and seniors, including those with senior lifetime licenses, who want to hunt pheasants this fall will need to purchase for $25 a pheasant permit. Junior hunters, however, are exempt from the new requirement. (This news comes shortly after the PBGC said it was closing two of four pheasant farms in the state that stocked birds for hunting purposes; the closures were due to budget cuts.)

The second change affects legal methods of take. This fall, hunters shall be able to use semi-automatic rifles to pursue small game and furbearers; however, hunters still cannot use semi-automatic rifles for big game. While the state passed a law last November permitting the Pennsylvania Game Commission to regulate the use of semi-automatics for hunting, the consideration by the Board wasn’t voted on until April. Pennsylvania is the 49th state to allow semi-auto rifles for some type of hunting; Delaware is now the only state that doesn’t.


Lehigh Defense Controlled Chaos Ammo Lead
Lehigh Defense Controlled Chaos Ammo Lead

Review: Lehigh Defense Controlled Chaos Ammo

While much of the history of projectiles has been concerned with keeping a bullet together, Lehigh Defense’s Controlled Chaos is designed to do exactly the opposite, and it is extremely effective.

First Look: Hornady 22 ARC

Engineered to use modern, high-BC bullets, the new 22 ARC is designed for optimum performance in the AR-15 platform, but is equally at home in a bolt-action rifle.

First Look: Savage AccuCan Suppressors

Initially available in three multi-caliber options, Savage’s new AccuCan line of suppressors are lightweight, field-serviceable and reduce not only sound, but other disturbances like flash and recoil.

First Look: Remington 2024 Bullet Knife

Remington Ammunition has announced the release of the highly anticipated 2024 edition of their iconic Bullet Knife. This annual tradition has become a favorite among collectors, often hailed as America's most sought-after pocketknife.

Review: Rossi SS Poly Tuffy .410-Bore Shotgun

Over the years, B. Gil Horman has developed an appreciation for the little .410 Bore, single-shot ‘utility guns.' A great up-to-date example of this class is the latest iteration of the Rossi Tuffy single-shot—the SS Poly.

Head to Head: Common vs. Obscure Hunting Cartridges

What is it that makes a cartridge ideal for your hunting scenario? Perhaps it is ammo availability, or the individual connection with a particular cartridge. We take a closer look at the pros and cons of common and obscure loads.


Get the best of American Hunter delivered to your inbox.