Tuesday, January 31st, 2023
Tuesday, January 31st, 2023

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Pennsylvania Doe Permit Applications Accepted Beginning July 11

With general hunting license sales underway, Pennsylvania Game
Commission Executive Director Carl G. Roe reminded hunters that
county treasurers will begin accepting antlerless deer license
applications from resident hunters starting Monday, July 11; and
from nonresidents beginning Monday, July 25.

For the 2011-12 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 Active Outdoors, 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 list of the
mailing addresses for the 65 county treasurers that issue
antlerless deer licenses is included in the 2011-12 Digest, which
is provided to each license buyer.

A listing of antlerless licenses allocated by WMU, as well as the
remaining allocation, can be viewed on the Game Commission’s
website (www.pgc.state.pa.us), by clicking on “Doe License Update”
in the “Quick Clicks” box in the right-hand column of the

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

“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 PALS
system will move to the second preference – and third, if

“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

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. 17. The
opening date of the general statewide archery deer season is Oct.

Under the 2011 timeline, residents will apply for regular
antlerless deer licenses on July 11; nonresidents will apply for
regular antlerless deer licenses on July 25. After this, residents
and nonresidents will apply for the first round of unsold
antlerless deer licenses on Aug. 1, and residents and nonresidents
will apply for the second round of unsold antlerless deer licenses
on Aug. 15.

County treasurers will have to mail regular and first round of
unsold antlerless deer licenses no later than Sept. 12, and second
round of unsold antlerless deer licenses no later than Sept.

Beginning Aug. 1, 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. 22, 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. 3.

Roe noted that hunters may file harvest reports online for antlered
and antlerless deer, as well as fall turkey, spring gobbler,
bobcat, fisher and Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP)
permits through the agency’s website (www.pgc.state.pa.us).

Additionally, hunters can call the agency’s toll-free telephone
reporting system to file a harvest report. The Interactive Voice
Response (IVR) harvest reporting system telephone number is
1-855-PAHUNT1 (1-855-724-8681).

“Online and telephone harvest reporting are examples of the Game
Commission doing its part to make it easier for license buyers to
report their required harvests and help the agency better manage
wildlife,” Roe said. “We have found that harvest reporting rates
have been declining for years, and we’re hoping hunters and
trappers take advantage of the online and telephone reporting
systems to become more active in wildlife management.”

Pre-paid postage report cards still are available in the digest,
but the agency is encouraging hunters to report either online or
through the telephone system to improve accuracy of data entry, and
to save on the cost of postage and data entry.

Elk and bear hunters still will be required to present their
harvest to check stations.

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


As hunters prepare for the upcoming antlerless deer license
application period, Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director
Carl G. Roe today announced that Deer Management Assistance Program
(DMAP) antlerless deer permits are available through the
Pennsylvania Automated License System (PALS).

DMAP is the Game Commission’s program designed to help landowners
manage deer numbers on their properties. Eligible landowners
include those owning: public lands; private lands where no fee is
charged for hunting; and hunting clubs established prior to Jan. 1,
2000, that are owned in fee title and have provided a club charter
and list of current members to the agency.

“While more than 700 DMAP units have been entered into the database
so far, Game Commission staff continues to update the list as more
landowner applications are reviewed, approved and added to the
website,” Roe said. “We expect to have all of the eligible
landowners applications approved and entered by July 1.

“Hunters may obtain up to two DMAP antlerless deer permits per
property, and DMAP permits do not impact a hunter’s eligibility to
apply for and receive antlerless deer licenses issued for Wildlife
Management Units (WMUs).”

DMAP permit fees are $10.70 for resident hunters; and $35.70 for
nonresident hunters. The permit can be used to harvest one
antlerless deer on the specific DMAP area. Maps for the properties
are to be provided to hunters by the landowners. Landowners may not
charge or accept any contribution from a hunter for a DMAP permits
or coupons.

Hunters may not use DMAP permits to harvest an antlered deer.
Hunters may use DMAP permits to harvest an antlerless deer anytime
antlerless deer are legal, including during the entire statewide
two-week firearms deer season (Nov. 28-Dec. 10). DMAP permits also
may be used in WMUs 2C, 2D, 2E, 2G, 3C, 4B, 4D and 4E during the
two-week firearms deer season (Nov. 28-Dec. 10), however,
WMU-specific antlerless deer licenses may be used only during the
last seven days of the season, Dec. 3-10.

All DMAP permits will be available through PALS. For DMAP unit
numbers, the Game Commission has posted a listing of all public
landowners and those private landowners who did not request DMAP

Those private landowners who requested DMAP coupons to present to
hunters to redeem for DMAP permits will not appear on the website.
However, these landowners generally have a limited number of
coupons available and already have identified a sufficient number
of hunters to receive their allotted coupons.

The website provides an alphabetical listing of DMAP properties for
each county in which DMAP properties are located. Each listing will
provide the following information: DMAP property number; contact
information, including name, address, telephone number and e-mail
address (when available); total number of acres for the property;
and total number of coupons issued for the property.


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