Hunting Licenses Go on Sale July 1

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Beginning July 1, Pennsylvania resident and nonresident hunting and furtaker licenses will go on sale across the state and on the Game Commission's website through "The Outdoor Shop," according to Vern Ross, agency executive director.

"For the past four years, the Game Commission has worked hard to implement new ways to better serve license buyers," Ross said. "By allowing our customers to purchase their hunting and furtaking licenses over the Internet, from the comfort and convenience of their home or office, we are offering one more service to better meet their needs."

Ross noted that hunting and furtaker licenses also will be available from the nearly 850 issuing agents around the state beginning July 1.

All license fees are the same as last year's, including: $20 for adult hunting or furtaker licenses; $6 for junior hunting or furtaker licenses; and $13 for senior hunting or furtaker licenses.

Combination licenses, created by the General Assembly in 1998, are available to junior resident and nonresident (12 to 16 years) and senior resident (65 years and older) hunters and furtakers, and were designed to provide youngsters and seniors nearly unlimited hunting and trapping opportunities at considerable savings. Combination licenses include general hunting, furtaker, archery and muzzleloader privileges. Resident junior combination licenses sell for $9; nonresident junior, $51; and resident senior lifetime combination licenses, $101.

Senior lifetime hunting and furtaker license holders can upgrade to a senior lifetime combination license for $51. To make the upgrade, an individual should visit one of the Game Commission's six regional offices or the Harrisburg headquarters, or "The Outdoor Shop" on the agency's website (www.pgc.state.pa.us). The process includes filling out a new license application, verifying that the applicant holds a valid lifetime license and payment of the fee. The upgrade can't be obtained through a regular issuing agent. Those wishing to receive the upgrade application through the mail should call the License Division at (717) 787-2084.

There is no combination license for resident and nonresident adult hunters, nor does the Game Commission sell a nonresident senior license.

Other resident license fees are: antlerless deer (Wildlife Management Unit specific), $6; archery, $16; muzzleloader, $11; bear, $16; migratory game bird, $3; senior lifetime hunting or furtaker licenses, $51; and resident landowner, $4.

Basic nonresident adult hunting licenses are $101; nonresident adult furtaker licenses are $81; and nonresident junior hunting or furtaker licenses are $41.

Other nonresident license fees are: antlerless deer (WMU specific), $26; archery, $26; muzzleloader, $21; bear, $36; migratory game bird, $6; and seven-day small game, $31.

Muzzleloader licenses must be purchased by Nov. 8.

Interested hunters also may apply for the upcoming limited bobcat and elk seasons via "The Outdoor Shop." A public drawing for the bobcat permits will be held on Friday, Sept. 12; elk license recipients will be selected on Saturday, Sept. 27.

"Completing applications for the bobcat permits or elk licenses on-line guarantees hunters that their application was received and that they will be included in the public drawings, and eliminates concerns about lost mail or late arrivals," Ross said. "And, in addition to cutting the agency's administrative costs, those filing on-line reduce the chance of having their application declared ineligible because the filing system notifies individuals who attempt to submit an incomplete application."

Resident hunters may begin applying for a WMU-specific antlerless license on Monday, Aug. 4. Nonresident hunters may begin applying for a WMU-specific antlerless license on Monday, Aug. 18. All hunters may apply for the first round of unsold antlerless licenses beginning Monday, Aug. 25; the second round of unsold antlerless licenses may be applied for beginning Sept. 8.

County treasurers are required to mail regular antlerless licenses and first-round unsold licenses to successful applicants no later than Monday, Sept. 15. Second-round unsold licenses will be mailed no later than Oct. 1.

Proceeds from license sales enable the Game Commission to fulfill its legislative mandate of managing Pennsylvania's wildlife; acquiring new property to add to its 1.4 million acres of state game lands; improving wildlife habitat; and conducting wildlife research projects.