July 12 begins 2010-11 doe license process

Harrisburg — Pennsylvania Game
Commission Executive Director Carl G. Roe today reminded hunters
that county treasurers will begin accepting antlerless deer license
applications from resident hunters starting Monday, July 12; and
from nonresidents beginning Monday, July
26.

For the 2010-11
license year, antlerless deer license fees are the same as they
have been since 1999, except for the 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 Pennsylvania Automated License System (PALS).  This
transaction fee means that residents will need to write checks made
payable to “County Treasurer” for $6.70, and nonresidents for
$26.70.

By state law,
antlerless deer licenses will continue to be sold only by county
treasurers, so hunters will need to prepare and mail separate
applications for antlerless deer licenses. A listing of all county
treasurer addresses can be found on page 50 of the 2010-11
Pennsylvania Hunting & Trapping Digest, which is provided free
to each license buyer.  However, after publication of the digest,
it was discovered that the addresses for the Adams, Lancaster and
Montgomery county treasurers had changed.  The correct addresses
are as follows: Adams County Treasurer, 117 Baltimore St RM 101,
Gettysburg PA 17325-2390; Lancaster County Treasurer, PO Box 1447,
Lancaster PA 17608-1447; and Montgomery County Treasurer, PO Box
311, Norristown PA 19404-0311.

The county treasurer
address page in the online version of the digest, which can be
accessed through the Game Commission’s website (www.pgc.state.pa.us), has been
updated with the correct addresses.

Roe noted that hunters
must use the official pink envelopes, which are provided to each
license buyer by the issuing agents. For those who order licenses
via the Game Commission’s website (www.pgc.state.pa.us), a new digest
and two pink envelopes will be included in the package, along with
the licenses, which will arrive in seven to 10 business days from
the date of their transaction.

“As county treasurers
are set up with PALS, hunters will be able to submit an application
to any county treasurer,” Roe said. “Additionally, hunters have the
option of listing up to three choices, in order of preference, for
a specific Wildlife Management Unit antlerless deer license. If an
applicant’s first choice of WMU has exhausted its allocation of
antlerless deer licenses, the county treasurer will move to the
second preference – and third, if necessary. 

“This process will
nearly eliminate the chance that a hunter will not be able to
receive at least one antlerless deer license during the processing
of regular antlerless deer licenses. However, hunters are not
required to list more than one choice of WMU.”

Also, Roe said that
the early start to the antlerless deer license application process
will help ensure that county treasurers will be able to mail
antlerless deer licenses back to hunters prior to the opening of
the archery season.  The first such season opens with the
antlerless archery season in WMUs 2B, 5C and 5D on Sept. 18.  The
opening date of the general statewide archery deer season is Oct.
2.

Under the 2010
timeline, residents will apply for regular antlerless deer licenses
on July 12; nonresidents will apply for regular antlerless deer
licenses on July 26.  After this, residents and nonresidents will
apply for the first round of unsold antlerless deer licenses on
Aug. 2, and residents and nonresidents will apply for the second
round of unsold antlerless deer licenses on Aug. 16. 

County treasurers will
have to mail regular and first round of unsold antlerless deer
licenses no later than Sept. 13, and second round of unsold
antlerless deer licenses no later than the Sept.
27.

Beginning Aug. 2, for
WMUs 2B, 5C and 5D only, there is no limit to the number of unsold
antlerless deer license applications an individual can submit until
the allocations are exhausted.  This must be done by mail only, and
there is a limit of three applications per pink envelope.

Beginning Aug. 23,
county treasurers will begin accepting applications
over-the-counter for WMUs 2B, 5C and 5D, and may immediately issue
antlerless deer licenses.  Hunters may apply over-the-counter to
county treasurers for any other WMU with antlerless license
allocations on Oct. 4.

 

Roe noted that the Game Commission
will continue to accept online harvest reporting for antlered and
antlerless deer, as well as fall turkey, spring gobbler, bobcat,
fisher and Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP) permits. 
Postage-paid report cards still are available in the digest, but
the agency is encouraging hunters to report online to improve
accuracy of data entry, and to save on the cost of postage and data
entry.

“Reporting online also
will ensure your harvest data will not be lost in the mail,” Roe
said.

Roe noted that
antlerless deer licenses, as well as general hunting licenses,
still will need to be displayed by
hunters.

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