Game Commission to begin accepting landowner applications for DMAP

Harrisburg — Landowners looking to
enroll in the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s Deer Management
Assistance Program (DMAP), which is designed to help landowners
manage deer on their properties, have until June 12 to mail an
application to the appropriate Game Commission Region
Office. 

 

Applications will be accepted by U.S.
mail only, as postmarks will be required to establish processing
priorities.

In addition, a map
delineating the property boundaries must be enclosed with the
application. Landowners may obtain DMAP applications from the Game
Commission’s website (www.pgc.state.pa.us) by clicking on
“D.M.A.P.” in the “Quick Clicks” box in the right-hand column of
the homepage.  Applications also can be obtained from any Game
Commission Region Office or the Harrisburg
headquarters.

Eligible lands for
DMAP are: public lands; private lands where no fee is charged for
hunting; and hunting club lands owned in fee title so long as the
club was established prior to Jan. 1, 2000, and it provides a club
charter and list of current members to the agency.

Coupons for DMAP
antlerless deer harvest permits are issued to landowners at a rate
of one coupon for every five acres in agricultural operations or
one coupon for every 50 acres for all other land uses.  Management
plans are required when an applicant for DMAP requests more than
the standard rate for issuance of DMAP harvest permits, or when the
property acreage falls below the minimum for the standard issuance
rate.

Landowners must
designate their boundaries in a manner approved by the Game
Commission.  Landowners will be allotted one coupon for each DMAP
permit allocated for their property, and they may provide up to two
DMAP coupons per DMAP area to a licensed hunter.  Landowners may
not charge or accept any remuneration for a DMAP coupon. 

The cost of DMAP
permits is $10 for residents and $35 for nonresidents.

Based on a regulatory
change approved by the Board of Game Commissioners at its April
meeting, each WMU antlerless allocation has been reduced by the
number of DMAP antlerless deer permits issued in each WMU during
the 2009-10 seasons. The Board’s action also prohibits the issuance
of more DMAP permits for the 2010-11 seasons than were issued for
the 2009-10 seasons for each WMU. 

With the amendment in
place, the maximum number of DMAP antlerless deer permits available
for public and private landowners in each WMU is as follows:
WMU 1A, 295; WMU 2A, 656;
WMU 2A, 121; WMU 2B, zero;
WMU 2C, 793; WMU 2D, 277;
WMU 2E, 593; WMU 2F, 3,052;
WMU 2G, 10,790; WMU 3A, 753;
WMU 3B, 1,239; WMU 3C, 642;
WMU 3D, 1,678; WMU 4A, 1,479;
WMU 4B, 852; WMU 4C, 649;
WMU 4D, 1,948; WMU 4E, 101;
WMU 5A, 731; WMU 5B, 188;
WMU 5C, 40; and WMU 5D,
zero.

The application
process and deadline have been revised this year.  There is an
accelerated schedule, and applications will be accepted and
processed in priority tiers on a first-come, first-served basis,
and will be based on postmarks by the U.S. Postal Service.  Top
priority will be given to properties enrolled in one the Game
Commission’s three public access programs (Forest-Game, Farm-Game
or Safety Zone) allowing public deer hunting, followed by
publicly-owned lands then private lands not in one of the Game
Commission’s public access programs.  Applications will be
processed until quotas for each WMU (see above) are exhausted. 
Those applications remaining after quotas are exhausted will be
denied DMAP permits.

A significant change
that took effect last year for landowners and hunters participating
in DMAP is that DMAP coupon redemption can be done at any license
issuing agent or the Pennsylvania Automated License System (PALS)
website – https://www1.pa.wildlifelicense.com/start.php
– rather than through the mail, thanks to the
implementation of the agency’s new point-of-sale electronic license
system.  The PALS website

Landowners have the
option of receiving DMAP coupons and directly distributing them to
hunters of their choice, or they can choose the “no coupon” option
and allow any hunter to directly purchase a DMAP permit from the
license issuing agent to hunt on their
property.

The first option on
the landowner application is “Yes, I want to distribute coupons
directly to hunters that I choose.”  With this option, the
landowner will receive the coupons and distribute them to specific
hunters.  The hunters will then take coupons to any license issuing
agent or go on the PALs website to acquire the antlerless deer
harvest permits.

The second option on
the landowner application is “No, any hunter can get a permit to
hunt my property through the electronic licensing system without a
coupon.”  With this option, no coupons will be sent to the
landowner.  Any hunter will be able to go to any license issuing
agent or the PALS website to get an antlerless deer permit for this
DMAP property.  If landowners choose this second option, they also
will be asked whether they want to advertise the location of the
property on the Game Commission’s website so that their DMAP
information can be made available to the
public.

Hunters with DMAP
antlerless deer permits may use them only on the lands for which
they were issued during any established deer season. Also, in WMUs
2C, 2D, 2E, 2G, 3C, 4B, 4D and 4E, which have a split season
structure of Nov. 29-Dec. 3 for antlered deer only and Dec. 4-11
for antlered and antlerless deer, hunters will continue to be
permitted to harvest antlerless deer with DMAP permits on DMAP
properties from Nov. 29-Dec. 11.

Hunters can purchase
DMAP antlerless harvest permits as soon as coupons are available. 
Hunters without access to the Internet can obtain listings of
eligible DMAP properties by mailing a self-addressed, stamped
envelope along with a letter indicating their county of interest,
to the Game Commission Region Office responsible for that
particular county.  Region Office contact information, and a
listing of counties in its jurisdiction, is as
follows:

 

Northwest Region
Office
, P.O. Box 31,
Franklin, PA 16323.  814-432-3188.  Butler, Clarion, Crawford,
Erie, Forest, Jefferson, Lawrence, Mercer, Venango and Warren
counties.

 

Southwest Region
Office
, 4820 Route 711,
Bolivar, PA 15923.  724-238-9523.  Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver,
Cambria, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Somerset, Washington and
Westmoreland counties.

 

Northcentral Region
Office
, P.O. Box 5038,
Jersey Shore, PA 17740.  570-398-4744.  Cameron, Centre,
Clearfield, Clinton, Elk, Lycoming, McKean, Potter, Tioga, and
Union counties.

 

Southcentral Region
Office
, 8627 William
Penn Highway, Huntingdon, PA 16652.  814-643-1831.  Adams, Bedford,
Blair, Cumberland, Franklin, Fulton, Huntingdon, Juniata, Mifflin,
Perry, Snyder and York counties.

 

Northeast Region
Office
, P.O. Box 220,
Dallas, PA 18612.  570-675-1143.  Bradford, Carbon, Columbia,
Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, Montour, Northumberland, Pike,
Sullivan, Susquehanna, Wayne and Wyoming
counties.

 

Southeast Region
Office
, 448 Snyder Rd.,
Reading, PA 19605.  610-926-3136.  Berks, Bucks, Chester, Dauphin,
Delaware, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton,
Philadelphia and Schuylkill counties.

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