| Mentored Youth Hunting Program
Youth ages 11 and under may purchase a Mentored Youth Hunting Permit to pursue five different species in Pennsylvania – squirrel, groundhog, antlered and antlerless deer, fall and spring turkey and coyote. Youth must be accompanied by a licensed mentor who is 21 years of age or older.
A mentor may accompany only one youth in the field and only one firearm can be used by the pair. The firearm must be carried by the mentor while moving but may be given to the youth once the pair stops. Youth must remain within arm's reach of the mentor at all times when holding the firearm. The required amount of fluorescent orange must be worn during the appropriate seasons by both youth and adult mentor.
A Mentored Youth Hunting Permit may be purchased at any license issuing agent or online for $2.70. Both residents and non-residents can purchase this specific permit. Hunter–Trapper Education courses are not required for a youth to participate in this program.
For more information and opportunities on this program, consult the Pennsylvania Hunting and Trapping Digest. Information on Hunter Safety can be found in the online study guide: Today's Hunter & Trapper in Pennsylvania.
Mentored Adult Hunting Program
Beginning July 1, 2014, interested hunters ages 18 and older who have not taken a Hunter-Trapper Education course or held a hunting license in Pennsylvania or another state are eligible to purchase a Mentored Adult Hunting Permit. With the permit mentored adults can hunt squirrels, ruffed grouse, rabbits, pheasants, bobwhite quail, hares, porcupines, woodchucks, crows, coyotes, antlerless deer and wild turkeys. Mentored adults may not harvest antlered deer.
Mentored adults must be accompanied by an adult mentor who is a licensed hunter and must remain within eyesight of their adult mentor, and in proximity close enough for verbal instruction and guidance to be easily understood. Both mentor and mentee may carry firearms
A Mentored Adult Hunting Permit may be purchased at any license issuing agent or online. Resident permits cost $20.70 and non-resident permits cost $101.70. An adult may purchase a permit for up to three consecutive years after which they must take a Hunter-Trapper Education course to purchase an adult hunting license.
For more information on this program, consult the Pennsylvania Hunting and Trapping Digest. Information on Hunter Safety can be found in the online study guide: Today's Hunter & Trapper in Pennsylvania.