Game Commission to Begin Accepting DMAP Applications

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Landowners looking to enroll in the Pennsylvania Game Commission's Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP), which is designed to help landowners manage deer on their properties, have until July 1 to submit an application addressed to "DMAP Application" to the appropriate Game Commission Region Office.

In addition, a map delineating the property boundaries must be enclosed with the application. Landowners may obtain DMAP applications from the Game Commission's website (www.pgc.state.pa.us) in the "Quick Clicks" box in the upper right-hand corner of the homepage by clicking on "Deer Program" and then choosing "DMAP landowner applications" in the DMAP box.  Applications also can be obtained from any Game Commission Region Office or the Harrisburg headquarters.

Eligible lands for DMAP are: public lands; private lands where no fee is charged for hunting; and hunting club lands owned in fee title so long as the club was established prior to Jan. 1, 2000, and they provide a club charter and list of current members to the agency. Previously, private hunting clubs were required to own a minimum of 1,000 contiguous acres before being eligible.

Coupons for DMAP antlerless deer harvest permits may be issued to landowners at a rate of one coupon for every five acres in agricultural operations or one coupon for every 50 acres for all other land uses.  Management plans will be required only when an applicant for DMAP requests more than the standard rate for issuance of DMAP harvest permits.

Landowners must designate their boundaries in a manner approved by the Game Commission.  Landowners will receive one coupon for each DMAP permit allocated for their property, and they may give up to two DMAP coupons per DMAP area to a 2006-07 licensed hunter, who will then apply to the Game Commission for DMAP harvest permits.  Landowners may not charge or accept any remuneration for a DMAP coupon.  Hunters may possess up to two DMAP permits for a specific DMAP property in any given license year.

DMAP permit allotments will be made separate from the general antlerless deer license allocations, and will be $6 for residents and $26 for nonresidents.

After August 1, hunters can begin to apply for DMAP antlerless deer permits.  Also on August 1, a listing of DMAP properties that have available coupons will be posted on the agency's website (www.pgc.state.pa.us).  Those without access to the Internet can obtain listings by mailing a self-addressed, stamped envelope along with a letter indicating their county of interest, to the Game Commission Region Office responsible for that particular county.  Region Office contact information, and a listing of counties in their jurisdiction, is as follows:

Northwest Region Office, P.O. Box 31, Franklin, PA 16323.  814-432-3188.  Butler, Clarion, Crawford, Erie, Forest, Jefferson, Lawrence, Mercer, Venango and Warren counties.

Southwest Region Office, 4820 Route 711, Bolivar, PA 15923.  724-238-9523.  Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Cambria, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Somerset, Washington and Westmoreland counties.

Northcentral Region Office, P.O. Box 5038, Jersey Shore, PA 17740.  570-398-4744.  Cameron, Centre, Clearfield, Clinton, Elk, Lycoming, McKean, Potter, Tioga, and Union counties.

Southcentral Region Office, 8627 William Penn Highway, Huntingdon, PA 16652.  814-643-1831.  Adams, Bedford, Blair, Cumberland, Franklin, Fulton, Huntingdon, Juniata, Mifflin, Perry and Snyder counties.

Northeast Region Office, P.O. Box 220, Dallas, PA 18612.  570-675-1143.  Bradford, Carbon, Columbia, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, Montour, Northumberland, Pike, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Wayne and Wyoming counties.

Southeast Region Office, 448 Snyder Rd., Reading, PA 19605.  610-926-3136.  Berks, Bucks, Chester, Dauphin, Delaware, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia, Schuylkill and York counties.

GAME COMMISSION BOARD TO MEET ON JUNE 5-6

The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners will be meeting June 5-6, at the agency's Harrisburg headquarters, 2001 Elmerton Ave., just off the Progress Avenue exit of Interstate 81. The meetings will begin at 8:30 a.m. both days.  To save money and provide greater public dissemination, an agenda for the meeting will be posted on the website (www.pgc.state.pa.us) in the "Next Commissioner's Meeting" box on the homepage when it is finalized.

On June 5, the Board will hear public comments and receive agency staff reports and updates.

On June 6, the Board is scheduled to take official action to various agenda items, including final adoption of regulations to establish the Mentored Youth Hunting Program.

A limited number of copies of the agenda will be made available to those who attend the meeting on June 5 and 6.

Once the June meeting ends, copies of the June meeting minutes will be posted on the website as soon as they are transcribed, which generally takes between two to three weeks.

"By posting the minutes on the website we again will be cutting the costs of printing and mailing copies of this document, which averages around 140 double-sided pages, and will reach a wider audience," said Carl G. Roe, Game Commission executive director.  "So, this will turn out to be not only a cost-savings move, but also a move to make Game Commission actions and decisions more accessible to the public."

Roe noted that the minutes for the Board's April meeting now are posted in the "Reports/Minutes" section of the homepage.