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Archery & Muzzle loader Bear

After reading the book am I right that you DO NOT need a archery or a muzzle loader license to hunt during though seasons
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Correct.
It was confirmed by the PGC and referenced in another Bear thread that a bear license confers archery and muzzleloader privileges during the respective bear seasons.
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How is that possible. To archery hunt in pa you have to have and archery license. Archery bear you have always needed both archery and bear license. Why would it change now.
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not according to the PGC. you only need an Archery license or a muzzleloader license FOR DEER not bear.


for bear, all you need is a general license and a bear license. thats straight from the PGC.


https://www.huntingpa.com/forums/20-...g-seasons.html


go to the last page...i posted the answer from the PGC there.

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How many people are going to muzzleloader or archery hunt for bear and not participate in the same manner to hunt deer literally at the same time? The local wardens around me would have a field day with an archery hunter "only hunting bear" during a concurrent deer archery season. Sounds like a guaranteed fine to me lol
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Personally I plan to be tagged out on deer by the time bear archery gets here so it’s a non issue for me
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just print out what i placed in the other forum and show it to the warden. if the warden still issues the citation, it will get tossed at the District Judge level.
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How many people are going to muzzleloader or archery hunt for bear and not participate in the same manner to hunt deer literally at the same time? The local wardens around me would have a field day with an archery hunter "only hunting bear" during a concurrent deer archery season. Sounds like a guaranteed fine to me lol
This was brought up in the previous thread bohunr linked above...

Don't see how it's a "guaranteed fine" unless someone actually takes a deer illegally by not having an archery or muzzleloader privilege.
The hunter with a bear license is not committing a crime by being in the woods with a bow or muzzleloader during the bear archery or muzzleloader seasons respectively. End of story.
IF that hunter takes a deer during the relevant overlaps (which I don't believe bear archery overlaps deer archery) and does not also have the archery or muzzleloader licenses/privileges, a violation has occurred and a citation is certainly warranted.
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I should also point out that it has been legal for a very long time to hunt small game with archery gear, no archery license needed.
The season overlaps with Archery Deer.
How many hunters have been cited for hunting deer without an archery tag while out chasing rabbits with a bow/crossbow and not illegally killed a deer? (Serious question.)
Or conversely, the small game hunter out with a shotgun, who also happens to hold an archery license, getting cited for carrying a firearm during archery season?
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This was brought up in the previous thread bohunr linked above...

Don't see how it's a "guaranteed fine" unless someone actually takes a deer illegally by not having an archery or muzzleloader privilege.
The hunter with a bear license is not committing a crime by being in the woods with a bow or muzzleloader during the bear archery or muzzleloader seasons respectively. End of story.
IF that hunter takes a deer during the relevant overlaps (which I don't believe bear archery overlaps deer archery) and does not also have the archery or muzzleloader licenses/privileges, a violation has occurred and a citation is certainly warranted.
The entire bear archery season is during the deer archery from Oct 28- Nov 9 which is arguably the most hunted 2 weeks of the whole season. I archery deer hunt so this is a non issue for me, but a copy and paste from a general game commission email account is not enough proof to me to tell every hunter in a public forum that they don't need an archery license.
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