2017 Hunting Summary

Archery Hunting for White-Tailed Deer

Regulated archery hunting for white-tailed deer will take place during all open archery hunting seasons in predetermined areas beginning September 16, 2017 and ending no later than January 27, 2018 at:

A white tailed deer, photo courtesy of Joe Kosack/ PGC


Archery permits will be very limited as participants from 2016, who displayed desired levels of safety, proficiency and participation, are invited to return. Prospective hunters vying for the remaining permits must complete and submit an application to the site of their choice (
one application per person; applicant may submit to one site only) beginning Monday, August 14 and no later than 4 PM on Friday, September 1, 2017. 

Permits will be tentatively issued via a lottery drawing beginning at 5 PM at each park on the following dates:

Permits are issued at varying rates depending on site characteristics, forested area, parking and public use. Those drawn must complete a shooting proficiency test as detailed in the Rules and Regulations, and attend a mandatory orientation meeting. In general, archery permits are issued at the rate of two per hunting zone.

A junior archery hunter may apply with an adult guardian and be drawn as, and issued, one (1) permit.

All applicants will be required to have effectively completed the Pennsylvania Game Commission Successful Bow Hunting Course by September 1, 2017 to be considered for participation. A copy of the certification card will be required as part of the application process.

Goose Hunting at Chambers Lake

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will determine the seasons and bag limits in August. Permits may be obtained at Hibernia County Park on a first-come, first-served basis beginning on Monday, October 2, 2017 during regular office hours of 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM, Monday through Friday.

All hunting party members must present a valid 2017 PA Hunting License, PA Migratory Game Bird License, and if 16 or older, a Federal Migratory Duck Stamp.

For more information, call Hibernia County Park at 610-383-3812.
A snow goose, photo courtesy of Joe Kosack / PGB

General Hunting

There will no longer be a general hunting process in place for the Hatfield and McGrail sites in West Caln Township, or the Linfield and Sanatoga Basins in East Coventry Township. Archery hunting for deer only will be permitted at these locations.

Three (3) permits per site will be issued via lottery drawing:

Rules and regulations for archery hunting deer on County real estate will apply in the same manner as is in place for the balance of parks and open space locations managed by the Chester County Facilities and Parks Department.

Important Dates:

  • August 14 - September 1 - Archery Applications Due
  • September 1 - Completed PGC Successful Bow Hunting Course
  • September 5 - 7 - Lottery Drawings for Archery Permits
  • September 16 - January 27 - Regulated Archery Season for White-Tailed Deer
  • October 2 - Goose Hunting Permits available at Hibernia County Park