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Trapping

BEAVERS (Statewide): Dec. 26-March 31 (Limits vary depending on WMU).

BOBCAT (WMUs 2A, 2C, 2E, 2F, 2G, 2H, 3A, 3B, 3C, 3D, 4A, 4B, 4C, 4D and 4E): Dec. 21-Jan. 12. One bobcat per license year. Licensed furtakers may obtain one permit each.

COYOTES and FOXES: Oct. 27-Feb. 23. No limit.

COYOTES and FOXES, CABLE RESTRAINTS (Statewide): Dec. 26-Feb. 23. No limit. Participants must pass cable restraint certification course.

FISHER (WMUs 1B, 2C, 2D, 2E, 2F, 2G, 2H, 3A, 3B, 3C, 3D, 4A, 4B, 4C, 4D and 4E): Dec. 21-Jan. 5. One fisher per license year. Licensed furtakers may obtain one permit each.

MINKS and MUSKRATS: Nov. 23-Jan. 12. Unlimited.

OPOSSUM: Oct. 27-Feb. 23. No limit.

RACCOONS: Oct. 27-Feb. 23. No limit.

RIVER OTTER (WMUs 3C and 3D): Feb. 15-22, 2020. One river otter per license year. Licensed furtakers may obtain one permit each.

STRIPED SKUNKS: Oct. 27-Feb. 23. No limit.

WEASELS: Oct. 27-Feb. 23. No limit.

Furbearer Hunting

COYOTES: No closed season. Unlimited. Outside of any big game season (deer, bear, elk and turkey), coyotes may be taken with a hunting license or a furtaker license, and without wearing orange. During any big game season, coyotes may be taken while lawfully hunting big game or with a furtaker license.

BOBCAT (WMUs 2A, 2C, 2E, 2F, 2G, 2H, 3A, 3B, 3C, 3D, 4A, 4B, 4C, 4D and 4E): Jan. 11-Feb. 5. One bobcat per license year. Licensed furtakers may obtain one permit each.

FOXES: Oct. 26-Feb. 22, unlimited.

OPOSSUM: No closed season, except Sundays. No limits.

PORCUPINES: Oct. 12-Feb. 1, 2020. (3 daily, season limit of 10).

RACCOONS: Oct. 26-Feb. 22, unlimited.

STRIPED SKUNKS: No closed season, except Sundays. No limits.

WEASELS: No closed season, except Sundays. No limits.

Hunting

SQUIRRELS, Red, Gray, Black and Fox (Combined): Oct. 19-Nov. 29; Dec. 16-24 and Dec. 26-Feb. 29 (6 daily, 18 possession).

RUFFED GROUSE: Oct. 19–Nov. 29 and Dec. 16-24 (2 daily, 6 possession).

RABBITS: Oct. 19-Nov. 29, Dec. 16-24 and Dec. 26-Feb. 29 (4 daily, 12 possession).

PHEASANTS: Oct. 26-Nov. 29, Dec. 16-24 and Dec. 26-Feb. 29 (2 daily, 6 in possession). Male pheasants only in WMUs 4E and 5A. Male and female pheasants may be taken in all other WMUs. There is no open season for taking pheasants in Wild Pheasant Recovery Areas, except, as authorized by executive order.

BOBWHITE QUAIL: Oct. 19-Nov. 29, Dec. 16-24 and Dec. 26-Feb. 29 (8 daily, 24 possession).

HARES (SNOWSHOE RABBITS) OR VARYING HARES: Dec. 26-Jan. 1, in all WMUs (1 daily, 3 possession).

WOODCHUCKS (GROUNDHOGS): No closed season, except on Sundays and during the regular firearms deer seasons. No limit.

CROWS: July 5-April 12, on Friday, Saturday and Sunday only. No limit.

STARLINGS AND ENGLISH SPARROWS: No closed season, except during the antlered and antlerless deer season. No limit.

Map of Wildlife Management Units (WMUs)
BIG GAME

BLACK BEAR (WMUs 3A, 3B, 3C and 3D): Nov. 26-Dec. 1. Only 1 bear may be taken during the license year.

BLACK BEAR (WMUs 2B, 5B, 5C and 5D): Nov. 26-Dec. 8. Only 1 bear may be taken during the license year.

BLACK BEAR (WMUs 1B, 2C, 4A, 4B, 4C, 4D, 4E and 5A): Nov. 28-Dec. 1. Only 1 bear may be taken during the license year.

Deer, Archery (Antlered and Antlerless) WMUs 2B, 5C and 5D: Sept. 21- Nov. 29 and Dec. 26-Jan. 25, 2020. One antlerless deer with each required antlerless license. One antlered deer per hunting license year.

Deer, Archery (Antlered and Antlerless) (Statewide): Oct. 5-Nov. 16 and Dec. 26-Jan. 20. One antlered deer per hunting license year. One antlerless deer with each required antlerless license.

Deer (Antlered and Antlerless) WMUs 2B, 5C and 5D: Nov. 30-Dec. 14. One antlered deer per hunting license year. An antlerless deer with each required antlerless license.

Deer (Antlered Only) WMUs 1A, 1B, 2A, 2C, 2D, 2E, 2F, 2G, 2H, 3A, 3B, 3C, 3D, 4A, 4B, 4C, 4D, 4E, 5A and 5B: Nov. 30-Dec. 6. One antlered deer per hunting license year. (Holders of valid DMAP antlerless deer permits may harvest antlerless deer on DMAP properties during this period.)

Deer (Antlered and Antlerless) WMUs 1A, 1B, 2A, 2C, 2D, 2E, 2F, 2G, 2H, 3A, 3B, 3C, 3D, 4A, 4B, 4C, 4D, 4E, 5A and 5B: Dec. 7-14. One antlered deer per hunting license year. An antlerless deer with each required antlerless license.

Deer, Antlered or Antlerless Flintlock (Statewide): Dec. 26-Jan. 20. One antlered deer per hunting license year, or one antlerless deer and an additional antlerless deer with each required antlerless license.

Deer, Antlered or Antlerless Flintlock (WMUs 2B, 5C, 5D): Dec. 26-Jan. 25. One antlered deer per hunting license year, or one antlerless deer and an additional antlerless deer with each required antlerless license.

Deer, Antlerless Extended Regular Firearms (Allegheny, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties): Dec. 26-Jan. 25. An 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.

FALCONRY

SQUIRRELS (combined): Sept. 2-March 31, 2020 (6 daily, 18 possession).

BOBWHITE QUAIL: Sept. 2-March 31, 2020 (8 daily, 24 possession).

RUFFED GROUSE: Sept. 2-March 31, 2020 (2 daily, 6 possession).

COTTONTAIL RABBITS: Sept. 2-March 31, 2020 (4 daily, 12 possession).

SNOWSHOE OR VARYING HARES: Sept. 2-March 31, 2020 (1 daily, 3 possession).

RINGNECK PHEASANTS (Male or Female combined): Sept. 2-March 31, 2020 (2 daily, 6 possession).

Waterfowl and Migratory Game Bird seasons and bag limits

DUCKS, MERGANSERS & COOTS:
Lake Erie Zone: Oct. 28-Jan. 4.

Northwest Zone: Oct. 12-Dec. 14 and Dec. 27-Jan. 1.

North Zone: Oct. 12-26 and Nov. 19-Jan. 11.

South Zone: Oct. 19-26 and Nov. 19-Jan. 18.

Ducks & Sea Ducks (combined): 6 daily, 18 in possession. Daily limit may not include more than 2 mallards (including 1 hen mallard), 2 scaup, 2 black ducks, 3 wood ducks, 2 redheads, 4 eiders, 2 canvasbacks, 1 pintail, 1 mottled duck, 1 fulvous whistling duck, 4 scoters, 4 long-tailed ducks.

Mergansers: 5 daily, 15 in possession. Daily limit may not include more than 2 hooded mergansers daily.

Coots: 15 daily, 45 in possession.

CANADA GEESE
Southern James Bay Population Zone: Sept. 2-25* (1 daily, 3 in possession), Oct. 12-Nov. 29 and Dec. 16-Jan. 25 (3 daily, 9 in possession). * In western Crawford County, the season runs Sept. 2-14.

Resident Population Zone: Sept. 2-25 (8 daily, 24 in possession), Oct. 26-Nov. 29, Dec. 16-Jan. 18, and Jan. 31-Feb. 22 (5 daily, 15 in possession).

Atlantic Population Zone: Sept. 2-25 (8 daily, 24 in possession), Nov. 19-29 and Dec. 27-Jan. 18 (2 daily, 6 in possession).

LIGHT GEESE (Snow Geese & Ross’s Geese)
Southern James Bay Population Zone: Regular Season: Oct. 1-Jan. 25. Conservation Season: Jan. 27-April 24. (25 daily, no possession limit).

Resident Population Zone: Regular Season: Oct. 22-Feb. 22. Conservation Season: Feb. 24-April 24. (25 daily, no possession limit).

Atlantic Population Zone: Regular Season: Oct. 1-Jan. 25. Conservation Season: Jan. 27-April 24. (25 daily, no possession limit).

WEBLESS BIRDS & BRANT
Brant, All Goose Zones: Oct. 26-Nov. 29 (2 daily, 6 in possession).

Common Snipe, Statewide: Oct. 19-Nov. 29 and Dec. 16-24 (8 daily, 24 in possession).

Doves, Statewide: Sept. 2-Nov. 29 and Dec. 21-Jan. 4 (15 daily, 45 in possession).

Woodcock, Statewide: Oct. 19-Nov. 29 and Dec. 16-24 (3 daily, 9 in possession).

YOUTH WATERFOWL DAYS
Licensed junior hunters ages 12-16 can hunt ducks, mergansers, Canada geese, coots and gallinules. Statewide: Sept. 14. Lake Erie Zone: Oct. 19. Northwest Zone: Dec. 21. North Zone: Jan. 18. South Zone: Jan. 25.

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