2010-11 Hunting/Furtaker licenses to go on sale June 14

Harrisburg — Beginning Monday, June 14, Pennsylvania hunting
and furtaker licenses for the 2010-11 seasons will go on sale
throughout the state, according to Carl G. Roe, agency executive
director.  Licenses will be available through the Game Commission’s
Pennsylvania Automated License System (PALS), over-the-counter at
all Game Commission region offices and the Harrisburg headquarters,
as well as the more than 600 in-state and out-of-state issuing
agents.  Licenses also are available through the PALS
website:  https://www.pa.wildlifelicense.com.

 

For the 2010-11
license year, all fees are the same as they have been since 1999. 
However, there is a 70-cent transaction fee attached to the
purchase of each license and permit, which is paid directly to
Automated License Systems, the Nashville-based company that runs
PALS. 

 

“PALS enabled the
Game Commission to modernize the licensing system and improve
security,” Roe said. “To ensure faster processing, personal
information is now recorded through a Pennsylvania driver’s license
scan. This eliminates data entry; provides a more secure, reliable
and accurate means to gather and store license holder records; and
eliminates license buyer duplicity.

 

“For all these
reasons – and more – the Game Commission has eliminated paper
applications. Nonresidents who have always submitted a paper
application will need to use PALS either on the agency’s website or
at an issuing agent. It’s fast, easy and
secure.”

 

Roe noted that all
license-issuing agents are now part of an integrated, real-time,
cyber network that allows them to offer licenses that up until now
simply could not be provided via the old license
system.

 

“Now all license
agents can issue senior lifetime licenses; Mentored Youth Hunting
Program permits; elk drawing applications; bobcat and fisher
permits; even resident landowner reduced-fee hunting licenses and
Deer Management Assistance Program Harvest (DMAP) permits,” Roe
said. “Hunters also can purchase the special spring gobbler
license, which allows them to harvest a second gobbler in the 2011
spring gobbler season.”

 

New features this
year will be the rotation of up to 10 random survey questions of
which a license buyer may be asked one question that requires a
positive, negative or no response. Additional survey questions may
be asked of specific constituents based upon the license privileges
they purchase.

 

Roe also noted, as
originally envisioned by the U.S. Congress and the Pennsylvania
General Assembly, PALS now will enable the agency to suspend
issuing licenses to those, who through court order, have had their
hunting license privileges revoked for failure to pay child
support.

 

Roe reminded hunters
that, under state law, only Pennsylvania County Treasurers may
issue antlerless deer licenses. However, thanks to PALS, county
treasurers now may issue an antlerless deer license for any WMU, so
long as its allocation isn’t sold out.

 

Applications for the
regular round of antlerless deer licenses for residents begins July
12, and nonresidents can apply beginning July 26.  An antlerless
license application will be printed with every general license
purchased, and an application also will be available in the 2010-11
Hunting and Trapping Digest for the first and second round of
unsold antlerless deer licenses. Except for Wildlife Management
Units (WMU) 2B, 5C and 5D, hunters only may apply for one license
during each application period.

 

“Hunters will need
to continue using pink envelopes to mail antlerless deer license
applications to the county treasurer of their choice to process the
applications and mail back antlerless deer licenses,” Roe said.
“Hunters will have the option of listing their first, second and
third WMU preferences for doe licenses on their applications.
Treasurers will fill the highest WMU preference listed by the
hunter. This option will eliminate reapplication for a doe license
if your first WMU preference – or second – is sold out. However,
hunters do not need to list alternative WMUs if they only plan to
hunt in one specific WMU.”

 

A list of all County
Treasurer mailing addresses is included in the 2010-11 Digest,
which is provided to each license buyer. More details on the new
procedures for applying for a doe license can be found in the
Digest, which has been posted in the right-hand column of the
agency’s website (www.pgc.state.pa.us).

 

Another change will
be the new look and feel of licenses. The yellow strip – similar to
a fishing license – will fit into your old license holder, or one
of the smaller new ones. Carcass tags are different-looking, too.
They’re squarer, have perforated holes and are preprinted with your
name and address. Licenses will fold into a 2.5-inch by 3.5-inch,
tear-resistant document.

 

Roe reminded hunters
that, in conjunction with the move to PALS, the Game Commission now
is able to accept online harvest reports for deer, wild turkey,
bobcat and fisher.  In addition to reporting deer and wild turkey
harvests within the prescribed time limits, those who possess a
DMAP, bobcat or fisher permit are required to report, regardless of
whether they harvested an antlerless deer, bobcat or fisher,
respectively. Each online harvest report costs the Game Commission
50 cents.

 

“A hard-copy of the
postage-paid report card still will be available in the 2010-11
Digest, but the agency is hoping hunters will report online to save
on the cost of postage and data entry,” Roe said. “Reporting online
also will ensure your harvest data will not be lost in the
mail.”

 

Waterfowl and
migratory game bird seasons are not included in the 2010-11 Digest,
as those seasons won’t be established until mid-August.  Once
seasons are set, the Game Commission will produce the annual Guide
to Migratory Game Bird Hunting brochure, which will be posted on
the agency’s website (www.pgc.state.pa.us) and mailed to U.S. Post Offices.  However,
applications and directions for the public drawing to waterfowl
hunting blinds in the controlled hunting areas at the Game
Commission’s Pymatuning and Middle Creek wildlife management areas
are in the 2010-11 Digest.

 

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