The cost of a hunting license in PA increases with the start of 2024 sales
Pennsylvania hunters will pay up to $5 more in 2024 than last year for their licenses.
General resident adult licenses that go on sale Friday rose $2.50 to $27.97, and a trout permit increased $2.50 to $14.97. Nonresidents will pay $60.97 for a general license, an increase of $4 from 2023.
Fishing licenses, permits and vouchers for the 2024 season can be purchased online at huntfish.pa.gov by visiting one of our approximately 700 retail licensing agents. The licenses are valid from December 1 until the end of 2024.
Licenses can be printed or saved digitally on a mobile device, which serves as proof of possession.
In addition to licenses and permits, customers can choose to purchase vouchers that can be given as gifts and can be redeemed by recipients.
Customers can also purchase a collectible fishing license button. This year’s button, which costs $11.94, features a navy background with a gold keystone. The agency is producing 10,000 buttons and customers will receive a randomly numbered button. Buttons are not issued at time of purchase and will be mailed to the purchaser.
Anglers who visit a license issuing agent in person can receive a free 2024 Fishing Summary/Boating Guide. The book explains fishing and boating regulations, seasons, krill limits, and safety information. Brochures will ship to retail locations in early December and may not be immediately available in all locations. The digital version can be viewed and printed for free on the PFBC website, or viewed on the FishBoatPA mobile app.
Customers who purchase a 2024 fishing license can support PFBC programs by purchasing voluntary permits for largemouth bass, musky, and wild trout/enhanced waters and habitat/waterways conservation. These permits are not required for fishing and do not carry any additional perks, but all money generated from their sales is reinvested into their program.
While youth hunters under the age of 16 do not require a hunting license, they must have either a Voluntary Youth Hunting License or a Free Youth Hunting Permit to participate in any special youth opportunities. This includes a statewide guided youth trout fishing day on March 30.
Important hunting dates in Pennsylvania 2024
March 30: Statewide Youth Trout Day
April 6: Opening day of the statewide trout season.
November 1, 2023, through April 30: Mandatory life jacket requirements for boaters in effect.
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