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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-13-2014, 01:26 PM Thread Starter
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I'm comming home in one year! I haven't hunted Pa in a long time. I understand Pa has a muzzle loading season. Is this tradition ML or is it open to inline ML? If it's traditional can you use cap and ball? Is there a caliber restriction or bullet type restriction, ie sabots?

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Re: New to Pa

Pennsylvania offers two special seasons for muzzleloaders. The first is a one week season in October allowing any single-barrel muzzleloading long gun with flintlock, percussion or in-line ignition, .44 cal. or larger, or .50 cal. or larger handgun. Scope sights are permitted. This season is an antlerless season only. A muzzleloader stamp is required.

The second, and most unique season, is Pennsylvania's two week Flintlock Muzzleloader Season, and is always after Christmas. This is flintlock ignition only using single-barrel long guns, .44 cal. or larger, or .50 cal. or larger handguns using single projectile ammunition only. It is unlawful to use telescopic sights, but peep sights are permitted. A muzzleloader stamp is required, and allows the harvest of a buck or doe.

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Re: New to Pa

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A muzzleloader stamp is required, and allows the harvest of a buck or doe.
What Berks said, but a slight spec. You must have an unfilled Buck Tag (comes with General License) to take a Buck. And of course must have an unfilled Antlerless Tag OR unfilled Buck Tag to take Antlerless.

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post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-13-2014, 07:56 PM
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Us old fellows with our Senior Combo Licenses, tend to gloss over a lot of important stuff, and it doesn't only apply to hunting!

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post #5 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-13-2014, 08:29 PM
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Re: New to Pa

And, depending on where you hunt, that after-Christmas season can run till the 4th Sat. in January.
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post #6 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-15-2014, 01:48 AM Thread Starter
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Re: New to Pa

OK this is good! I have a NEF Handi Rifle with 13 barrels including 50 cal ML and 12 guage slug! I've always wanted a 45 cal Hawkin kit and this sounds like a good excuse to buy one. Since my eye sight isn't what it use to be Williams peep sites will be ordered with that.

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post #7 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-15-2014, 12:18 PM
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welcome to the forum!! and an early welcome back HOME!



like was said we have 2 different muzzleloading seasons...


if you go with a caplock or inline you can use it in the october doe season with a doe tag for the area youre hunting...and you can use it during the 2 week firearm (most of us call it rifle season...but bows, crossbows, and most muzzleloaders are allowed)

if you do get a flintlock you can hunt with it in the late flintlock season after Christmas...as well as in October and the regular firearm season...



the late flintlock season is a special season and can be an awesome time of year to hunt..and making smoke with flint n steel is just awesome...

learning to shoot and hunt with a flintlock can be a bit challenging but once you learn to shoot it accurately and learn how to keep your powder dry and keep it going off quickly and consistently they are very capable deer killers!
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post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-16-2014, 12:18 PM
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Freezer, another addition. MAKE SURE you understand the regulations. I can't speak to other states, but to me, PA has complicated regulations. Well, to me, complicated in the sense that there are so many different one's for so many different type of seasons. This includes the "Flo. Orange" regs also. For instance, you do not have to wear Flo Orange in the late flinter season. I believe it is the ONLY Deer season you do not have to... including Archery ? which I believe you need to wear Orange whilst moving around ?

Anyhow, some may chide that the regs. are quite simple, but not to me. So that said, any questions you have, go to the "Laws and Regulations" forum on here and ask.

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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-16-2014, 06:08 PM
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You only need orange in archery (early archery) during overlaps with early doe/ml season and small game season, and if I'm not mistaken, the orange can be removed once on stand as long as it's posted within a certain distance of your position and visible for 360 degrees.

For late archery/ML, no orange required.
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