Today's Hunter and Trapper in Pennsylvania


Today's Hunter and Trapper in Pennsylvania is the approved and authorized student manual for the official Pennsylvania hunter education course

The student manual combined with the course will provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to be a safe and responsible hunter or trapper. The course is designed to meet the standards for hunter training established by the International Hunter education association (IHEA). additional subjects are included to meet the needs of first-time hunters and trappers in Pennsylvania. 

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction to Hunter and Trapper Education
  2. Be a Responsible and Ethical Hunter
  3. Know Your Firearm Equipment
  4. Wildlife Conservation and Management
  5. Outdoor Safety
  6. Basic Hunting Techniques
  7. Advanced Hunting Techniques
  8. Trapping and Furtaking Basics
  9. Basic Shooting Skills
  10. Safe Hunting Skills
  11. Expanding Your Opportunities

Hunter Education in Pennsylvania

The goal of hunter education is to help hunters and trappers become safe, responsible, knowledgeable, and involved because all of these qualities are necessary for the survival of hunting and trapping.

Hunting and trapping have been a part of Pennsylvania's rich history since the beginning of the Commonwealth. When Europeans arrived in 1610, they discov- ered an abundance of wildlife. Elk, deer, black bear, waterfowl, and even moose, along with predators such as wolves and mountain lions, roamed the mountains, swamps, and forests of the state. Settlers hunted and trapped for food and furs to survive in the "wilderness" that was Pennsylvania. This way of life was not taught in a classroom but was passed on by family members from one generation to the next.

It wasn't until 1959 that Pennsylvania provided any type of official training. The first courses were known as "safety courses" and were taken on a voluntary basis.

Since the beginning of hunter and trapper education programs, hunting fatalities and injuries from firearms have declined nearly 80 percent. It is the goal of this hunter and trapper education program to continue to produce safe, responsible, knowledgeable, and involved hunters and trappers in Pennsylvania.