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Explore Pennsylvania - A Guide to Acres of Hunting, Trapping, and Fishing

For more than 100 years, the Pennsylvania Game Commission has managed the Commonwealth's wild birds, mammals and their habitats for current and future generations of Pennsylvanians. With the help of more than 700 full-time employees and thousands of part-time workers and volunteers, the agency provides a host of benefits to wildlife, state residents and visitors.

The Game Commission also has acquired and manages wildlife habitats on more than 1.4 million acres of State Game Lands and thousands of acres of private lands.

More than half of the agency's annual revenues come from the sale of hunting and furtaker licenses. Two other major sources of funds are the sale of timber, mineral and oil/gas revenues from State Game Lands, which were purchased with license dollars; and a federal excise tax on sporting arms and ammunition. Therefore, the Game Commission is supported almost entirely by hunters and trappers or assets procured with license dollars. The Game Commission does not receive any annual appropriation of state taxpayer dollars to support operations or programs. More than half of the agency's annual revenue comes from license sales.

For more information about Pennsylvania:

Official State Travel/Tourism Web Site:

Pennysylvania Game Commission - State Wildlife Management:

State bird: Ruffed Grouse

State flower: Mountain laurel



State agencies often require licenses, permits or certifications for a wide range of activities impacting fish, wildlife and boater safety. States work to prevent overcrowding and control the harvest of game on wildlife management areas. The links below will help you find license and permit information, and how to apply.