Pennsylvania Game Commission: Unsold Antlerless Deer Applications to be Accepted Aug. 28 WMU 1B Exhausts Antlerless License Allocation



    HARRISBURG, Pa., Aug. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Beginning Monday, Aug. 28, the
 Pennsylvania Game Commission will accept resident and nonresident hunters'
 applications for the first round of unsold antlerless deer licenses.
 Applications for regular antlerless deer licenses were accepted from
 resident hunters on Aug. 7, and nonresidents on Aug. 21.
     Hunters may apply for and receive only one antlerless deer license
 during this first round in all Wildlife Management Units (WMUs), except for
 WMUs 2B, 5C and 5D, where hunters may apply for multiple antlerless
 licenses. Applying for and receiving more than one "unsold" antlerless
 license prior to Sept. 11 - except in WMUs 2B, 5C and 5D - is against the
 law and carries a fine. In addition, receiving a second "unsold" license
 during the first round automatically voids the first "unsold" license a
 hunter receives.
     As a result of a printer error at Liberty Press, some copies of the
 2006- 07 Pennsylvania Hunting & Trapping Digest contain an unsold
 antlerless deer license application and instructions (which appear on page
 54) that had words cut from the page's right margin during production.
     "This error shouldn't create a problem for those who use the
 application, and it is still valid," said J. Carl Graybill Jr., Game
 Commission Bureau of Information and Education director. "Complete
 instructions for filling out the application also appear on pages 52 and 53
 of the Digest. And, as in the past, the Game Commission has posted on its
 website an unsold antlerless deer license application that enables the user
 to enter his or her information into the application before printing it."
     The printer error left some applications without lines for applicants
 to fill in their ZIP Code and the date of signature. Also, wording for
 instruction point number 4 is cut off. The complete wording is: "All Unsold
 Antlerless License applications must be submitted through the U.S. Mail
 (First Class Only) until Nov. 6. Express and Priority mail will not be
 accepted. No more than three (3) individual applications per official
 envelope. Number of applications must be circled on front of envelope to
 avoid delay and possible rejection."
     The online application can be found on the agency's website
 (http://www.pgc.state.pa.us) in the "Forms & Programs" section in the left-
 hand column on the homepage, and then under the "Forms" heading.
     The Game Commission has developed a "Doe License Update" page on its
 website (http://www.pgc.state.pa.us) to provide hunters additional
 information on the antlerless license application process, including
 regular updates about the number of antlerless licenses available by
 Wildlife Management Unit (WMU). Look for it in the "Quick Clicks" box in
 the upper right-hand corner of the agency's homepage.
     As of today, WMU 1B joins WMUs 2G and 2F in this list of WMUs that have
 exhausted its supply of antlerless deer licenses. However, hunters are not
 out of options when looking to hunt antlerless deer in these WMUs thanks to
 the availability of Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP) coupons for
 the Allegheny National Forest, Department of Conservation and Natural
 Resources state forests and parks, and privately-owned properties. Coupons
 provided by landowners to hunters may be redeemed from the Game Commission
 for a DMAP antlerless deer permit to be used on a particular property.
     "While DMAP permits may be used only on the specific property for which
 they are issued, they do offer hunters additional antlerless deer hunting
 opportunities on large tracts of public and private lands in WMUs 1B, 2F
 and 2G," said Carl G. Roe, Game Commission executive director. "DMAP
 enables landowners to achieve the type of deer harvest they desire to
 better manage their lands. We encourage hunters to contact these landowners
 and take advantage of this opportunity."
     Landowners may not charge a fee or accept any contribution from a
 hunter for a DMAP coupon. While hunters may obtain up to two DMAP permits
 per property, DMAP permits do not impact a hunter's eligibility to apply
 for and receive antlerless deer licenses issued for WMUs. DMAP permit
 allotments are not part of the annual general antlerless deer license
 allocations for WMUs.
     Resident hunters must mail DMAP coupons in a regular envelope, along
 with a check for $6 made payable to the Pennsylvania Game Commission, to
 the address listed on the coupon to receive their DMAP antlerless deer
 permit. Nonresidents must include a check for $26. The permit can be used
 to harvest one antlerless deer on the specific DMAP property. Maps for the
 properties are to be provided to hunters by the landowners.
     Hunters may not use DMAP permits to harvest an antlered deer.
     For more information on DMAP, visit the Game Commission's website
 (http://www.pgc.state.pa.us) and click on the "DMAP" box in the center of
 the homepage. Hunters also can check the state Department of Conservation
 and Natural Resources' website to see where coupons still are available for
 various state forests and parks by clicking on:
 http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/forestry/dmap/available.aspx.
     Of the 859,000 antlerless licenses originally allocated for the state's
 22 WMUs, 371,150 licenses remain. Following is a listing of the antlerless
 deer licenses remaining by WMU as of today, Aug. 21 (along with the initial
 allocation for each WMU): WMU 1A, 17,767 (42,000); WMU 1B, CLOSED (30,000);
 WMU 2A, 35,336 (55,000); WMU 2B, 63,597 (68,000); WMU 2C, 13,378 (49,000);
 WMU 2D, 14,631 (56,000); WMU 2E, 2,601 (21,000); WMU 2F, CLOSED (28,000);
 WMU 2G, CLOSED (19,000); WMU 3A, 9,612 (29,000); WMU 3B, 17,478 (43,000);
 WMU 3C, 1,532 (27,000); WMU 3D, 15,391 (38,000); WMU 4A, 5,927 (29,000);
 WMU 4B, 8,037 (31,000); WMU 4C, 9,645 (39,000); WMU 4D, 4,966 (40,000); WMU
 4E, 19,520 (38,000); WMU 5A, 16,387 (25,000); WMU 5B, 31,084 (53,000); WMU
 5C, 64,862 (79,000); and WMU 5D, 19,399 (20,000).
     Beginning Monday, Sept. 11, the Game Commission will accept, only
 through first-class mail, applications for the second round of unsold
 antlerless licenses. Hunters who applied for an unsold antlerless license
 during the first round may apply for and receive only one antlerless deer
 license during the second round. Those hunters who did not apply for an
 unsold license during the first round may make separate applications for
 and receive up to two unsold antlerless licenses during the second round.
 The separate applications may be submitted to one or two WMUs.
     Regular antlerless licenses and first-round unsold licenses will be
 mailed by county treasurers to successful applicants no later than Monday,
 Sept. 18. Second-round unsold licenses will be mailed no later than Sunday,
 Oct. 1.
     Also, beginning Monday, Sept. 18, applicants may apply over-the-counter
 at county treasurers' offices in WMUs 2B, 5C and 5D. Beginning Monday, Nov.
 6, hunters may apply over-the-counter for unsold antlerless licenses in all
 WMUs.
     Created in 1895 as an independent state agency, the Game Commission is
 responsible for conserving and managing all wild birds and mammals in the
 Commonwealth, establishing hunting seasons and bag limits, enforcing
 hunting and trapping laws, and managing habitat on the 1.4 million acres of
 State Game Lands it has purchased over the years with hunting and furtaking
 license dollars to safeguard wildlife habitat. The agency also conducts
 numerous wildlife conservation programs for schools, civic organizations
 and sportsmen's clubs.
     The Game Commission does not receive any general state taxpayer dollars
 for its annual operating budget. The agency is funded by license sales
 revenues; the state's share of the federal Pittman-Robertson program, which
 is an excise tax collected through the sale of sporting arms and
 ammunition; and monies from the sale of oil, gas, coal, timber and minerals
 derived from State Game Lands.
 
 

SOURCE Pennsylvania Game Commission

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