Nonresident Pennsylvania Deer Applications Start Aug 20th

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As Pennsylvania Game Commission employees began processing resident hunter antlerless deer license applications yesterday, nonresident hunters are reminded that the agency will accept their regular antlerless deer license applications starting on Aug. 20.

The Game Commission launched its "Doe License Update" page on its website www.pgc.state.pa.us to provide hunters additional information on the antlerless license application process, including regular updates about the number of antlerless licenses available by Wildlife Management Unit (WMU). Look for it in the "Quick Clicks" box in the upper right-hand corner of the agency's homepage.

Antlerless deer licenses cost $26 for nonresidents, $6 for residents. Checks should be made payable to "County Treasurer," not the Game Commission. Also, applicants should not designate a specific county.

With the implementation of Wildlife Management Units (WMUs) in 2003, hunters began applying for antlerless deer licenses based on WMUs, not specific counties. Pre-printed mailing labels for each of the state's 22 WMUs are provided to affix to the yellow application envelope. They are bar-coded to speed the application process. Hunters should ensure the label is affixed securely to the envelope before mailing it. If it appears that the label is not attached properly, the U.S. Postal Service allows applicants to place transparent tape over the label to secure it.

To further ensure proper delivery, hunters should write the WMU they are applying for in the lower left-hand corner box on the envelope. This step enables the agency to continue processing the envelope without having to open and check the application's WMU designation and then re-sealing the envelope for shipment to a county treasurer.

"Hunters should give serious thought to which WMU they will apply to during the regular antlerless deer license round, because some WMUs run out of licenses early," said Carl G. Roe, Game Commission executive director. "Hunters also may want to consider applying for Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP) antlerless deer permits, which offer them additional opportunities to hunt on specific properties where landowners are trying to increase deer hunting pressure."

Roe also noted that hunters seeking to participate in the early archery antlerless deer seasons in WMUs 2B, 5C and 5D (Sept. 15-28) should write the words "Early Archery" in red ink above the white box in the lower left-hand corner of the front of the yellow envelope. The white box is where hunters are instructed to write in the number and letter of the WMU to which they are applying for an antlerless deer license.

"By writing these words on the front of the yellow envelopes, hunters will let county treasurers and their employees who issue the licenses know that these applications need to be expedited so hunters can receive their licenses prior to the start of the antlerless deer archery seasons in WMU 2B, 5C and 5D," Roe said.

Although some WMUs may run out of antlerless deer licenses early, nonresident hunters may not be out of options when looking to hunt antlerless deer in these WMUs thanks to the availability of Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP) coupons. Coupons provided by landowners to interested hunters may be redeemed, for a fee, from the Game Commission for a DMAP antlerless deer permit to be used on a particular property.

"While DMAP permits may be used only on the specific property for which they are issued, they do offer hunters additional antlerless deer hunting opportunities on public and private lands," Roe said. "DMAP provides landowners additional means to increase the deer harvest on their lands. We encourage all hunters to help these landowners and take advantage of this opportunity."

Landowners may not charge a fee or accept any contribution from a hunter for a DMAP coupon. While hunters may obtain up to two DMAP permits per property, DMAP permits do not impact a hunter's eligibility to apply for and receive antlerless deer licenses issued for WMUs. DMAP permit allotments are not part of the annual general antlerless deer license allocations for WMUs.

Resident hunters must mail DMAP coupons in a regular envelope, along with a check for $10 made payable to the Pennsylvania Game Commission, to the address listed on the coupon to receive their DMAP antlerless deer permit. Nonresidents must include a check for $35. The permit can be used to harvest one antlerless deer on the specific DMAP property. Maps for the properties are to be provided to hunters by the landowners.

Hunters may not use DMAP permits to harvest an antlered deer.

For more information on DMAP, visit the Game Commission's website www.pgc.state.pa.us and click on the "DMAP" box in the center of the homepage.

The timetable for applying for remaining antlerless deer licenses is:

Monday, Aug. 20, the Game Commission will accept regular antlerless deer license applications through first-class mail from nonresidents.

Monday, Aug. 27, the Game Commission will accept, only through first-class mail, applications for the first round of unsold antlerless licenses. Hunters may apply for and receive only one antlerless deer license during this first round in any one of the WMUs, except for WMUs 2B, 5C or 5D. Applying for and receiving more than one "unsold" antlerless license prior to Sept. 10 - except in WMUs 2B, 5C and 5D - is against the law.

In WMUs 2B, 5C and 5D, during the first round of unsold antlerless deer licenses, hunters may apply for multiple antlerless deer licenses, provided they submit no more than three applications per envelope, in addition to the one unsold antlerless deer license they may apply for in the 19 other WMUs. However, they may mail as many envelopes as they desire for unsold antlerless licenses in WMUs 2B, 5C and 5D.

Beginning Monday, Sept. 10, the Game Commission will accept, only through first-class 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 license during the first round 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 WMUs.

Regular antlerless deer licenses and first-round unsold licenses will be mailed by county treasurers to successful applicants no later than Monday, Sept. 17. Second-round unsold licenses will be mailed no later than Oct. 1.

Also, beginning Monday, Sept. 17, applicants may apply over-the-counter at county treasurers' offices in WMUs 2B, 5C and 5D. Beginning Monday, Nov. 5, hunters may apply over-the-counter for unsold antlerless licenses in all other WMUs.

GAME COMMISSION POSTS DMAP INFORMATION ON WEBSITE

Hunters looking for new antlerless deer hunting opportunities are encouraged to review the list of Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP) properties available on the Pennsylvania Game Commission's website www.pgc.state.pa.us. Just click on the "DMAP" logo on the homepage and then select the county of interest from the map.

"DMAP is a Game Commission program designed to help landowners who are looking for additional means to manage deer numbers on their properties," said Calvin W. DuBrock, Game Commission Bureau of Wildlife Management director. "Qualified landowners participating in DMAP receive a limited number of coupons - determined by acreage - that they will make available to hunters, who, in turn, may redeem them for a DMAP antlerless deer permit to hunt on the property for which they are issued. Hunters may use them during any deer hunting season in the 2007-08 license year."

This year, 793 properties with a total of 1,466,969 acres were approved for enrollment in DMAP. Participating landowners have 32,115 coupons to distribute to hunters.

Last year, 750 properties representing 1,871,387 acres were approved for enrollment in DMAP. A total of 36,626 coupons were approved for distribution by landowners. In 2005, 691 properties representing 1,945,759 acres were approved for enrollment in DMAP. A total of 42,235 coupons were approved for distribution by landowners.

In 2004, 696 properties representing 1,722,619 acres were approved for enrollment in DMAP, and a total of 47,812 coupons were approved for distribution by landowners. In 2003, the first year of DMAP, 176 properties representing 696,309 acres were enrolled in DMAP, and a total of 31,783 coupons were approved for distribution by landowners.

Landowners are permitted to provide up to two DMAP coupons per property to a licensed hunter, who will then apply for the DMAP permits. This will enable hunters to possess up to two DMAP permits for a specific DMAP area. Landowners may not charge or accept any contribution from a hunter for a DMAP coupon.

Eligible landowners for DMAP include: 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.

"Hunters may obtain up to two DMAP coupons per area, and DMAP permits do not impact a hunter's eligibility to apply for and receive antlerless deer licenses issued for Wildlife Management Units (WMUs)," DuBrock said. "DMAP permit allotments are not part of the annual general antlerless deer license allocations for WMUs."

Resident hunters must mail DMAP coupons in a regular envelope, along with a check for $10 made payable to the Pennsylvania Game Commission, to the address listed on the coupon to receive their DMAP antlerless deer permit. Nonresidents must include a check for $35. 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.

Hunters may not use DMAP permits to harvest an antlered deer.

Of the 793 properties, 160 properties were posted on the agency's website www.pgc.state.pa.us. The website listing represents 1,181,886 acres, and accounts for 24,089 coupons that are being made available. Private landowners not appearing on the website represent 285,082 acres and 8,026 coupons, and already have identified a sufficient number of hunters to receive their allotted coupons.

Those properties listed on the website include all public landowners enrolled in the program and those private landowners who have given the agency permission to post their contact information. Of the 160 properties originally posted on the website, only 155 properties - representing 23,500 coupons - remain as other landowners have distributed their allotment of DMAP coupons to hunters.

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: landowner; contact information, including name, address, telephone number and e-mail address (if available); DMAP property identification number; Wildlife Management Unit in which the DMAP property is located; total number of acres for the property; and total number of coupons issued for the property.

Those without access to the Internet can send a stamped, self-addressed envelope, along with a letter indicating the county or counties of interest, to the appropriate Game Commission Region Office. Following is a listing of each of the six Game Commission Region Offices' addresses and the counties they serve:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Created in 1895 as an independent state agency, the Game Commission is responsible for conserving and managing all wild birds and mammals in the Commonwealth, establishing hunting seasons and bag limits, enforcing hunting and trapping laws, and managing habitat on the 1.4 million acres of State Game Lands it has purchased over the years with hunting and furtaking license dollars to safeguard wildlife habitat. The agency also conducts numerous wildlife conservation programs for schools, civic organizations and sportsmen's clubs.

The Game Commission does not receive any general state taxpayer dollars for its annual operating budget. The agency is funded by license sales revenues; the state's share of the federal Pittman-Robertson program, which is an excise tax collected through the sale of sporting arms and ammunition; and monies from the sale of oil, gas, coal, timber and minerals derived from State Game Lands.