Antlerless Licenses Going Fast

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Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director Vern Ross announced that, based on today's survey of county treasurers, 21 counties have exhausted their antlerless deer license allocations. Those counties are: Cambria; Carbon; Centre; Clinton; Crawford; Cumberland; Dauphin; Erie; Fayette; Forest; Huntingdon; Juniata; Lancaster; Lebanon; Perry; Potter; Schuylkill; Snyder; Somerset; Susquehanna; and Union.

In addition to these 21 counties, there are 21 counties with fewer than 2,000 antlerless licenses remaining. Those counties with fewer than 2,000 licenses remaining are: Blair (800); Bradford (1,500); Cameron (300); Clarion (752); Clearfield (799); Columbia (1,550); Elk (1,400); Fulton (892); Lackawanna (100); McKean (1,742); Mercer (321); Mifflin (360); Monroe (1,500); Montour (550); Northumberland (480); Philadelphia (664); Sullivan (1,100); Venango (54); Warren (449); Wayne (700); and Wyoming (1,000).

Today's survey showed that slightly less than 217,400 antlerless deer licenses remain.

To assist hunters in determining which counties still have remaining antlerless licenses, the Game Commission, working with county treasurers, has been updating the antlerless license sales through news releases and regular postings on its website (

County treasurers will begin accepting applications for the second round of unsold antlerless licenses Monday, Sept. 9. Ross reminded hunters that applying for and receiving more than one "unsold" antlerless license prior to Monday, Sept. 9, except in Special Regulations Areas counties, is against the law and carries a $100 fine. In addition, receiving a second "unsold" license during the first round automatically voids the first "unsold" license a hunter receives.

Forms and instructions for submitting applications for unsold licenses are available on page 65 of the 2002-2003 Pennsylvania Digest of Hunting and Trapping Regulations, which is provided to each license buyer. Additional forms for unsold antlerless licenses may be printed from the 2002-2003 Digest posted on Game Commission's website (

Also, additional "Official Antlerless Deer License Envelopes" may be obtained from any issuing agent (including county treasurers), Game Commission offices or by calling the Game Commission's License Division at 717-787-2084.

On July 28, the Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners voted down a proposal that would have restricted hunters' use of unsold county-specific antlerless deer licenses to only private lands. By defeating the proposal, the Board cleared the way for hunters to use their unsold county-specific antlerless licenses, as well as their regular county-specific antlerless license, on private or public lands.

The timetable for remaining antlerless deer license applications is:

Beginning Monday, Sept. 9, county treasurers will accept, only through the mail, applications for the second round of unsold antlerless licenses. Hunters who applied for an unsold antlerless license during the first round may apply for and receive only one antlerless deer license during the second round. Those hunters who did not apply for an unsold antlerless license during the first round, which opened on Aug. 26, may make separate applications for and receive up to two unsold antlerless licenses during the second round. The separate applications may be submitted to one or two counties.

Regular antlerless licenses and first-round unsold licenses will be mailed by county treasurers to successful applicants no later than Monday, Sept. 16. Second-round unsold licenses will be mailed no later than Monday, Sept. 23.

Beginning Monday, Nov. 4, hunters may apply over-the-counter for unsold antlerless licenses in all counties.