About Hunting Licenses

Pennsylvania hunting and fur taker licenses are available at more than 900 issuing agents throughout the state. Seven game commission offices and 66 county treasurer offices issue licenses year-round, and more than 800 sporting goods stores handle licenses from July through January. There are several out-of-state issuing agents located in New Jersey, Ohio, and Maryland serving nonresidents.


A valid license is required to legally hunt, trap, take or kill wildlife in Pennsylvania. Licenses are valid from July 1 through the following June 30. Hunting and fur taker licenses must be signed in ink and displayed on the middle of the back. License fees are non refundable and licenses are non-transferable.

To qualify for a resident license, applicants must be domiciled in Pennsylvania at least 30 consecutive days prior to application and produce positive proof of residency. A valid Pennsylvania motor vehicle drivers license is the most acceptable form of identification certifying residency. If the applicant has not held a prior license, he or she must successfully complete a Hunter-Trapper Education Course. First-time license buyers must produce a valid Hunter-Trapper Education Card.

More Information

If you have any questions concerning hunting or fur taker licenses, please call or write to:
Pennsylvania Game Commission
License Division
2001 Elmerton Ave.
Harrisburg, PA 17110-9797
Ph: (717) 787-2084

Pennsylvania Game Commission office is open Monday through Friday between 7:45 am and 4:00 pm.