How Do You Hunt for Wild Boar in Pennsylvania?


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As of 2016, to hunt wild boar in Pennsylvania, all you need is a legitimate, updated annual hunting license. There is no limit as to the number of specimens you can take, nor are there any seasonal regulations applied to hunting this particular species.

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Since 2011, wild boar sightings in the state of Pennsylvania have become quite rare. Nonetheless, the state's environmental authorities are committed to policies to keep Pennsylvania free of the animals altogether, having no active interest in sustaining a regular, huntable population. Therefore, almost all regulatory restrictions regarding their elimination have been removed. However, one important regulation remains, which requires hunters to report any and all harvested swine to the regional Game Commission office within 24 hours of the kill.

As of 2016, Pennsylvania state residents can purchase their hunting licenses for $20.70 annually, while out-of-state hunters can purchase non-resident licenses for either seven-day intervals at $31.70 each or annual access for $101.70. Hunters can use any legal method of take wild boar, including conventional rifle, muzzleloader or archery equipment (including bow and crossbow), and dog use is permitted without the cost of residential tag fees. Similarly, the state allows both night hunting and bait use in the pursuit of wild boar.

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