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Archery deer season opens Oct. 2 in Pennsylvania

From the Pennsylvania Game Commission

-- Pennsylvania's fall archery deer seasons  open statewide, including WMUs 2B, 5C and 5D, for antlered or antlerless deer beginning Oct. 2 through Nov. 13. The late statewide archery deer season is Dec. 27 to Jan. 15.

Bowhunters who have purchased and received antlerless deer licenses to hunt in Wildlife Management Units 2B, 5C and 5D can hunt for antlerless deer only from Sept. 18 through Oct. 1, and from Nov. 15 to 27. Bowhunters also may take antlered and antlerless deer in these units from Jan. 17 to 29 by long bow, recurve, compound bow or a crossbow.  

Bows must have a draw weight of at least 35 pounds; crossbows must have a minimum drawn weight of at least 125 pounds. Broadheads on either an arrow or a bolt must have an outside diameter or width of at least seven-eighths inches with at least two cutting edges on the same plane throughout the length of the cutting surface, and shall not exceed three inches in length.

The Game Commission encourages hunters to spend as much time as possible afield this fall prior to and during the hunting seasons to pattern deer movements and identify areas where fall foods are abundant.

Those participating in the archery seasons, including crossbow hunters, are urged to take only responsible shots at deer to ensure a quick, clean kill. For most, that's a shot of 20 yards or less at a deer broadside or quartering away. Archery and crossbow hunters should shoot at only deer that are within their maximum effective shooting range-the farthest distance from which a hunter can consistently place arrows or bolts into a pie pan-sized target.

Hunters may use illuminated nocks for arrows and bolts, which can be affixed at the aft end of an arrow or bolt and aid in tracking or locating the arrow or bolt after being launched.  Transmitter tracking arrows are illegal.
 
Treestands and climbing devices that cause damage to trees are unlawful to use or occupy unless the user has written permission from the landowner. Treestands or tree steps penetrating a tree's cambium layer cause damage. It is unlawful to construct or occupy constructed treestands on state game lands, state forests or state parks.

All hunters and trappers are reminded that they are required to display licenses in the middle of the back.

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