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Additional Information on License Types
Junior Licenses
  • These licenses are for resident and nonresident hunting, fur taker, and combination hunters.
  • Eleven-year-olds may apply for a junior license if they will reach age 12 by June 30 of the current license year and have successfully completed the required Hunter-Trapper Education Course.
  • The actual hunting privileges granted to the junior license holder may not be exercised until he or she reaches age 12. The parent or guardian must sign the application / back tag copy.
  • Nonresident junior hunting, combination, and fur taker licenses are available online, through game commission offices, county treasurers, and commercial issuing agents who request them.

Senior Licenses
  • These licenses are for resident hunting, fur taker, lifetime hunting, combination, and fur taker hunters.
  • These licenses are available to qualified applicants age 65 or older. Those 64 years of age may apply for a senior license if they will reach age 65 by June 30 of the current license year.
  • Resident senior lifetime licenses hunting, combination, and fur taker are available online and through game commission offices.

Combination Licenses
  • These licenses are for resident junior, nonresident, junior, and resident senior lifetime hunters.
  • Combination licenses grant hunting, fur taker, archery, and muzzleloader privileges. Additional stamps are not needed to cover these privileges.
  • Resident senior lifetime combination licenses are available online and through game commission offices.

Resident Senior Lifetime Licenses
  • These licenses are for resident, combination, and fur taker hunters.
  • These licenses are available to qualified applicants age 65 or older. Those that are 64 years of age may apply for a senior license if they will reach age 65 by June 30 of the current license year.
  • Individuals who currently hold either a senior lifetime hunting or senior lifetime fur taker license may upgrade to a combination license for $51.
  • Resident senior lifetime licenses and upgrades are available online and through game commission offices. To request an application, you can also contact the license division at (717) 787-2084.

Resident Landowner Hunting Licenses
  • These licenses are issued to qualified resident owners or possessors of land, comprising 80 or more contiguous acres, that are enrolled in a game commission cooperative public access program.
  • Licenses are available online and through game commission offices.

Seven-Day Nonresident Small Game Licenses
  • These licenses are valid for seven consecutive days, including Sundays. License is not valid for turkey. Nonresidents may purchase this license to hunt waterfowl in Pennsylvania as long as they also possess a Pennsylvania migratory game bird license and a federal duck stamp.

Free Resident Disabled Veteran Licenses
  • These licenses are for resident, fur taker, and lifetime hunters.
  • These licenses are available to qualified resident applicants who are disabled veterans.
    • Applicant’s disability must consist of the loss of one or more limbs, or the loss of use of one or more limbs, or the applicant must present a certification from the veterans' administration indicating total disability.
    • The disability must be service connected and the applicant must be a veteran of any war or armed conflict.
    • Discharge papers may also be required.
  • To be eligible for a resident disabled veteran lifetime license, the qualified veteran must meet one of the criteria shown above and, if qualifying under loss of use of one or more limbs or certification from the Veterans Administration indicating total disability, present documentation that the condition is permanent.
  • Free disabled veteran licenses are available through county treasurer offices.

Archery Licenses
  • These licenses are for resident and nonresident hunters.
  • These licenses are issued in addition to a general license to qualified applicants who desire to hunt during the archery deer seasons.

Muzzleloader Licenses
  • These licenses are for resident and nonresident hunters.
  • These licenses are issued in addition to a general license to qualified applicants who desire to hunt during the muzzleloader deer seasons.
  • These licenses cannot be purchased or issued after August 31, except to replace one that was lost original license number required or to a resident, full time, or active duty serviceman / servicewoman in the U.S. Armed Forces or U.S. Coast Guard.
    • Applicants in this category must produce proof of active duty status and documentation that their home of record is Pennsylvania.
  • Reserves are not exempt from the August 31 deadline for purchase.

Antlerless Deer Licenses
  • These licenses are for resident and nonresident, landowner, resident armed forces, and resident disabled veteran hunters.
  • These county-specific licenses are issued in addition to a general hunting license to qualified applicants. An application with instructions is included with each general hunting license. Antlerless deer licenses all types are available through county treasurer offices only. Exceptions to that rule are antlerless deer licenses issued for Philadelphia county. These licenses are issued by the Game Commission’s Southeast Regional Office. See application for details on how/when to apply.
  • Second round antlerless deer licenses if available may be applied for beginning on the fourth Monday in August, one per hunter, and mail order only. Beginning on the second Monday in September, hunters may apply for one additional license if available. See Digest of Hunting and Trapping Regulation for application procedure.
  • Landowner antlerless deer licenses are available to qualified applicants, both residents and nonresidents, who own 50 or more contiguous acres of land within the county of application. Land must remain open to public hunting, and trapping the entire license year July 1 to June 30. Licenses must be applied for and issued prior to their availability to the general public. Applicant must supply proof of ownership.
  • Armed forces antlerless deer licenses are available to qualified resident applicants who are full-time active duty members of the U.S. Armed Forces or U.S. Coast Guard. Reserves are not eligible. Applicants must produce proof of active duty status and documentation that their home of record is Pennsylvania.
  • Disabled veteran antlerless deer licenses are available to qualified resident applicants who are disabled war veterans. Applicant’s disability must consist of the loss of one or more limbs, or the loss of use of one or more limbs or the applicant must present a certification from the Veterans Administration indicating total disability. The disability must be service connected and the applicant must be a veteran of any war or armed conflict. Discharge papers may also be required.

Migratory Game Bird Licenses
  • These licenses are for resident and nonresident hunters.
  • These licenses are issued in addition to a general hunting license to qualified applicants.
  • Applicant must complete a migratory game bird harvest information program HIP survey card before license is issued.
  • Licenses need not be displayed, but must be carried while hunting migratory game birds.

Bear Licenses
  • These licenses are for resident and nonresident hunters.
  • These licenses are issued in addition to a general hunting license to qualified applicants who desire to hunt during the bear season.

Replacement Licenses
  • Applicants should return to the agent who issued the original license.
  • Antlerless deer licenses are replaced by only original license issuing agent.
  • Original license numbers are required before a replacement license can be issued.
  • All replacement licenses, regardless of the category, cost $6.

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