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Hunting in PA

Discussion in 'Pennsylvania Glockers Club' started by RJ1670, Apr 22, 2007.

  1. RJ1670

    RJ1670 Addicted Member

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    Can anyone give me a link for a list of approved calibers and action types(ie. bolt, semi, etc) for hunting in PA? I grew up in PA and I plan on going back to hunt with a few friends. My one friend said that PA only allows bolt action firearms to hunt with unless you use a shotgun. Is this true? It doesn't sound right to me but, I don't know. I'm talking in general and not specific seasons. I'm really interested in coyote hunting in particular, though.
     
  2. Glock_23_PI

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    Caliber doesn't matter only it can not be semi. It has to have and action. I know there is also a shell limit but i'm not sure what that is
     

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    I really wanted to use my AR for coyote hunting:sad:
     
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    Here's the link for the PA Game Commission rules.
    PA Game Commission
    There are some caliber restrictions for small game:
    Semi auto rifles and pistols are a no-no unless you have a CCW in which case you may carry a semi auto pistol for self defence. I'm not sure about semi auto shotguns.
     
  5. Jeep274

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    Check here for a pdf file of this years Hunting Digest with all seasons, bag limits, and regulations.

    Check out the Coyotes page for specific info on hunting them. Sadly, semi-rifles are not allowed to be used for hunting here. But atleast you can hunt coyotes 365 days a year in PA. :)
     
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    There was a thread about this in the Pafoa forum and if I remember correctly, you may hunt with an AR if it is disabled to essentially be a single shot.

    It would be advisable to contact the Pa Game Commission for verification of this as it is kind of a gray area.

    If you can find the article, i would print out the thread which I think gives specifics on this.

    I would think many Game officers will not know and you could potentially have a problem but I remember reading that it is legal.

    DG
     
  7. paccw

    paccw ARE YOU READY !

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    I called and was told you can carry a handgun(revolver).
    But no semi auto's

    And the only semi auto long gun you can use is a semi auto shotgun.BUT only for some types of game.
     
  8. Steve in PA

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    What exactly did you ask?

    Prior to this year, you could not carry anything other than a revolver when hunting. However, this year you can carry a semi-auto pistol (with a CCW) while hunting.
     
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    paccw ARE YOU READY !

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    I asked 2 or 3 years ago.

    If this new information is true.I'm now wondering why I have three 357 magnums. :eyebrow:
     
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    As of this year, persons with a license to carry (CCW) may carry a semi-auto pistol while hunting. You may NOT use the semi-auto to take game. If you are carrying a revolver, you may use that to take game if using a firearm is allowed.

    This year you can also carry a firearm (with a CCW) while spotlighting for deer.
     
  11. paccw

    paccw ARE YOU READY !

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    VERY cool, I'm so glad you posted this Steve.

    That spotting rule always bugged the heck out of me.