PGC to hold drawing for elk licenses Sept. 10

Harrisburg — Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director
Carl Roe said the agency’s public drawing for the 2010 elk hunting
licenses will be webcast beginning at 10 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 10.
To view the drawing, a “Live Elk Drawing” icon will be posted on
the agency’s website (www.pgc.state.pa.us) for individuals to click
on and watch the drawing.

In order to watch the live feed, you will need to have Flash
Player installed on your computer. If you do not have Flash Player
installed on your computer, please go to this link:
http://www.adobe.com/software/flash/about/. Once Flash Player has
been installed, you will be able to properly view the live feed of
the drawing.

“Each year, tens of thousands of individuals apply for an elk
license,” Roe said. “Unfortunately, not all of them can make it to
the public drawings. And, due to financial limitations, we are only
able to send notification letters to those who were selected to
receive an elk license. By webcasting the public drawings, we hope
to allow more people to view this drawing without having to travel
to the agency’s Harrisburg headquarters.”

Beginning at 10 a.m., the agency will conduct the public drawing
to award 50 elk licenses. Roe also noted that those who have
submitted applications can check to see if they were selected, by
Sept. 17, thanks to the new Pennsylvania Automated License System
(PALS).

Presently, the status for all individual’s applications for elk
licenses is listed as “Pending.” Once the database is updated,
which is expected by Sept. 17, those who were selected for an elk
license will see the status changed to “Awarded,” as well as the
designation of the Elk Hunt Zone and whether they were awarded an
antlered or antlerless elk license. Those not selected will see the
status changed to “Unsuccessful.”

To access the information, go to the Game Commission website
(www.pgc.state.pa.us), and click on the blue box in the upper
right-hand corner of the homepage. Click on the “Purchase License
Permit and or Application/Replace License and or Permit” option,
which includes the ability to “Check on the status of any Lottery
Application,” scroll down and click on the “Start Here” button at
the bottom of the page. At this page, choose one of the
identification options below to check your records, fill in the
necessary information and click on the “Continue” button. Click on
the appropriate residency status, which will display your current
personal information. At the bottom of the page, choose the “Check
on the status of any Lottery Application” button, and then hit
“Continue.”

“While this may seem like a lot of clicking and box checking to
get to the information, the system is designed to protect an
individual’s personal information, while at the same time enabling
that person to check on the status of his or her applications, as
well as their antlerless deer license applications,” Roe said.
“Prior to PALS, the only way to know for sure that you were awarded
an elk license was to attend the public drawings, wait for a letter
in the mail or to call the Game Commission.

“This year, thanks to PALS, we will be able to update the data
files for each license buyer shortly after the elk public drawing
is completed so that license buyers will be able to see for
themselves if they were drawn for one of the 50 licenses.”

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