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Pennsylvania Muzzleloader Hunting Season

Updated as of 8/24/2023 - "Muzzleloaders accepting breech-loaded captured powder charges, such as the Firestick, now can be used in the October muzzleloader seasons for deer and bears. They cannot be used in the after-Christmas flintlock deer season"

Flintlock Season - "Flintlock-ignition, single-barrel long guns manufactured prior to 1800, or a similar reproduction of an original muzzleloading single-barrel long gun 44 caliber or larger, or 50 caliber or larger hundgun, using a single projectile. It is unlawful to use telescopic sights. Late-season flintlock hunters are permitted to take an antlered deer or an antlerless deer anywhere in the state with their unused antlered deer tag."




Muzzleloader Deer Season

Season Dates Deer Zone
Muzzleloader Oct 19th - Oct 26th Antlerless Only Statewide
Flintlock Dec 26th - Jan 20th Either Sex Statewide
Flintlock Dec 26th - Jan 25th Either Sex WMU's: 2B, 5C & 5D


Muzzleloader Bear Season

Season Dates Bear Zone
Muzzleloader Oct 19th - Oct 26th Either Sex Statewide



  • Muzzleloading long guns must be .44 caliber or larger
  • Muzzleloading pistols must be .50 caliber or larger
  • Muzzleloaders must load from the muzzle
  • Sabots are legal
  • Telescopic sights are legal (Not legal during flintlock season)
  • Pelletized powders are legal
  • Peep sights are legal during flintlock season
  • 250 square inches of fluorescent orange must be worn during muzzleloader season, except during flintlock season.


This information is subject to change, for more information visit: Pennsylvania Game Comission


Muzzleloader Hunting season is the best for low-pressure hunting and plentiful wildlife. If you are new to muzzleloaders or would like more information on your state's muzzleloader hunting regulations, make sure to give us a call. is focused on promoting black powder hunting in all 50 states and can help you determine when your particular state's hunting season starts. If you have questions about Pennsylvania Muzzleloader Hunting Season, please call us at 1-855-236-5000 or email us at

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