The Pennsylvania Game Commission has once again changed the rules for youth hunting.
The Game Commission of the Keystone State voted on Friday to alter youth hunting rules. Children as young as seven can now purchase their own hunting tags for deer and turkey hunting.
Commissioner Ron Weaner told reporters, “Since we (proposed this) in January, I have received a lot of comments on this. Almost 100 percent were such that, ‘It’s about time you guys do something like this.’ In fact, some people thought we should have gone a lot further.”
Prior to this change, children under 12 could get their own deer and turkey tags for hunting. All hunters must be 12 years old to get a license in the state of Pennsylvania
Children under seven are still allowed to hunt in Pennsylvania, but they must use the tags of their adult supervisors.
In addition to the youth hunting adjustments, Pennsylvania also approved other changes.
An extra month will be added to the fall archery deer season in three wildlife management units, covering suburban Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. A total of five days will be cut from doe hunting during the gun season in four wildlife management units – 1A and 1B in the northwest; 3A in the northcentral; and 3D in the Poconos.
There will also be a decrease in the number of tags to be issued statewide for the 2015-16 season; in fact, 33,000 fewer will be offered up compared to last season.
Finally, 116 elk tags will be available through a lottery drawing held in September. Of those allotted tags, 21 will be for bulls and 95 for cows.