A change, during 2020, in Title 18, of the Pennsylvania Crimes Code (2019 Act 103), gives Pennsylvania landowners the option of using purple paint, rather than signs, to post their properties and alert others that lands are private and trespassing isn’t permitted. The Pennsylvania Game Commission has summaries of this recent law on its web … Continue reading PURPLE PAINT MEANS NO TRESPASSING
Following the January 2021 Meeting of the Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners, I wrote up this article summarizing some of the important topics they addressed that could impact sportsmen planning to go afield later this year. At that meeting, the Board gave preliminary approval to a number of topics, some common sense adaptations to technology, … Continue reading PGC April Meeting Notes: Final Approval Given for Digital Hunting Licenses, Concurrent Antlered/Antlerless Seasons, and More
Recently, after I blogged about the list of approved animals to hunt with a semi-automatic in PA, I submitted a Right to Know Law request to the PA Game Commission. I sought records which included the survey itself, any and all responses, and documents relating to the selection of those who would receive the survey, … Continue reading Results of a Right to Know Law Request to the PA Game Commission Regarding Their Survey of Hunters and Semi-automatics for Big Game Hunting
Rifle season for hunters in PA opened on Monday and the violations are already being racked up. Individuals have been contacting our office for representation regarding a number of different violations. Most of which could have been avoided had they not spoken to the Game Commission Officer. I previously blogged that you have a 5th … Continue reading Rifle Season and Why You Should Never Speak to the Game Commission
A number of individuals have inquired with our office whether it is legal to hunt with a silencer in PA. As silencers have become more popular, affordable and increasingly marketed to the hunting community, they are being utilized in the field by more people than ever. In Pennsylvania, it is legal to hunt while using … Continue reading Hunting with Silencers in PA is Legal!
Pennsylvania law requires that first time hunters take and pass an approved Hunter Safety Course prior to purchasing their first hunting license. Unfortunately for individuals who are unaware of this requirement, there is nothing in the system that would prevent a clerk from selling them a license. As such, individuals are at risk for purchasing … Continue reading PA Hunter Safety Course Available Online
Earlier this year the PA Game Commission passed a new regulation relating to tree stands on State Game Lands requiring that owners of the stands now conspicuously mark their stand with their CID number, owner's first and last name and their home address or a number issued by the Game Commission for this purpose. The regulation … Continue reading Using a Tree Stand on State Game Lands?
Hunting license revocation season is upon us. I've been contacted by a number of individuals in the last several weeks regarding letters they've received from the Pennsylvania Game Commission stating that their hunting licenses have been revoked for the two years or more. As I've stated in the past and continue to maintain, when you … Continue reading Hunting Violation? Think Twice Before Pleading Guilty…
Yesterday, Representative Keller introduced a bill into the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, that would repeal the unconstitutional provision found in the game code which makes it unlawful for a hunter to refuse to answer any pertinent question pertaining to the killing or wounding of any game or wildlife killed or wounded, or the disposition of the entire carcass or any part thereof. … Continue reading Loose Lips Sink Ships…and Closed Ones Could Land You in Hot Water with the Pennsylvania Game Commission
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 … Continue reading Can I carry a firearm for self-defense while hunting?