Can I carry a firearm for self-defense while hunting?

A common question for those who have recently moved to the Commonwealth or are new hunters is “Can I carry a firearm for self-defense while hunting?” The answer is yes!

Section 2525 of the PA Game code provides that: “It is lawful for…any person who possesses a valid license to carry a firearm…to be in possession of a loaded or unloaded firearm while engaged in any activity regulated by this title.”

Do not confuse this with being allowed to hunt game with that firearm or ammunition that is otherwise not permitted by the code. It is only for your own personal protection.

Have any questions about the game laws in Pennsylvania or have had an interaction with the PA Game Commission this season and want legal representation? Give us a call anytime, toll free, at 888-313-0416.

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2 responses to “Can I carry a firearm for self-defense while hunting?

  1. Matthew Duda

    Page 29 of the pa hunters digest under “spring gobbler” tells a different story…

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    • I went looking for that page in the digest last night. I did find what you are referring to. However, that doesn’t change the fact that the law says if you are a LEO or have a valid LTCF that you may possess a firearm while engaged in any activity regulated by the title.

      I called over to the PA Game Commission this morning to confirm that they weren’t implying an individual couldn’t possess a firearm pursuant to having a valid LTCF and they confirmed that was not the case.

      I’ve included a link to the relevant code. It specifically contains the provision below.

      (1) This section shall supersede any prohibition on the
      possession of a firearm or ammunition contained in any other
      provision of this title.

      http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/LI/consCheck.cfm?txtType=HTM&ttl=34&div=0&chpt=25&sctn=25&subsctn=0

      So you absolutely MAY carry a firearm if you have a valid LTCF.

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