Pennsylvania hunting history
1683: Hunting permitted in William Penn’s Charter
1869: A deer season was set, from Sept. 1-Dec. 31
1873: Sunday hunting was made illegal.
1895: The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners was created.
1897: The running of deer with hounds was outlawed.
1907: Antlerless deer were given complete protection.
1913: The first Pennsylvania hunting license was created. The price was $1.
1919: The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners was authorized to buy lands to create public hunting grounds, now known as state game lands.
1928: The first “statewide” antlerless deer season was held. It included 51 of the state’s 67 counties.
1929: Archery equipment was authorized as legal hunting gear.
1938: Antlered, or buck, season, was closed.
1942: Hunters were encouraged to donate their deer skins for the war effort.
1951: A county license quota system was used for the first archery deer season and the first antlerless deer season.
1952: County treasurers were designated by legislation as the issuing agents for antlerless deer licenses.
1956: Legislation earmarked $1 from the sale of each doe license for deer habitat improvement.
1957: Archers were permitted to take either antlered or antlerless deer without possessing a doe license.
1959: The white-tailed deer was designated as Pennsylvania’s state animal.
1971: Pennsylvania Game Commission meetings were opened to the public.
1973: Compound bows were made legal for hunting.
1974: The first muzzleloader deer season was held for three days in the winter on 37 state game lands.
1980: Fluorescent orange was required of deer, bear and groundhog hunters.
1990: Deer Damage Program was launched to help farmers experiencing crop damage.
1993: All hunters, except flintlock, were required to have doe licenses to harvest antlerless deer.