Crossbow Hunting Regulations in Pennsylvania

The data which follows is a succinct version of the crossbow hunting regulations for the state of Pennsylvania. We cannot offer any guarantees that this data remains current and accurate. We update the information we provide as we become aware of any and all changes. You should contact your local state government or the Pennsylvania Game Commission to confirm the legitimacy of these statements. Feel free to ask us for assistance should you run into snags doing this.

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Crossbow Regulations in Pennsylvania

Crossbow hunting in Pennsylvania no longer falls under the disabled hunters permit law. All hunters may legally harvest game with crossbows during archery season bear season and the archery deer season. This requires an archery stamp and a general hunting permit along with the proper licenses for the season such as a bear and/or antlerless deer license. This includes late, early, and two day archery bear seasons. The exception is that hunters are not required to purchase an archery stamp to hunt in the archery bear season.

  • Archery hunters can legally use a crossbow during the overlap only of muzzleloader and flintlock seasons. They are still required to possess an archery permit as well as follow all archery season provisions.
  • Hunters have been permitted for years to use crossbows during spring gobbler; fall turkey; firearms bear; elk; and two week firearms deer season. There has been no changes made to these regulations.
  • Crossbows may not have a draw weight less than 125 pounds. No maximum draw weight currently exists in Pennsylvania.
  • Bolts are to be equipped with broadheads with at least two cutting edges upon the same plane throughout the entire length of the cutting surface. The width must not be less than 7/8 of an inch.
  • This must not be more than 3 inches long when measured from tip of broadhead to the point which fits against the bolt.
  • Draw lock devices for bows legal are now legal in Pennsylvania.

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  1. I’m 18 and I was wondering if it is legal for me to own a crossbow just to shoot at targets for fun?

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