Pennsylvania Approves Addt'l DMAP Permits

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In accordance with changes approved to the Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP) in April, the Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners gave approval to issue 2,761 DMAP antlerless deer coupons to private landowners who are not enrolled in any of the agency's public access programs. Had the Board not taken this action, these private landowners would have had their DMAP applications denied for the 2010-11 seasons. Coupons will be available for hunters to redeem for antlerless deer permits on Sept. 1.

In April, the Board capped the maximum number of DMAP permits that could be issued for the 2010-11 seasons. The limit was based on the number of DMAP permits issued in each Wildlife Management Unit during the 2009-10 seasons. However, the Board’s action stated that additional DMAP antlerless deer permits only could be issued above the cap if approved by the Board.

As announced earlier, all other DMAP antlerless deer permits will be available through the Pennsylvania Automated License System (PALS) on July 2.

DMAP permit fees are $10.70 for resident hunters; and $35.70 for nonresident hunters. The permit can be used to harvest one 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. 29-Dec. 11). 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. 29-Dec. 11), however, WMU-specific antlerless deer licenses may be used only during the last seven days of the season, Dec. 4-11.

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

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 will provide 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.

Also, under the 2010 timeline, residents may apply for regular WMU allocated antlerless deer licenses on July 12; nonresidents may apply for regular antlerless deer licenses on July 26. After this, residents and nonresidents may apply for the first round of unsold antlerless deer licenses on Aug. 2, and residents and nonresidents may apply for the second round of unsold antlerless deer licenses on Aug. 16.

County treasurers must mail regular and first round of unsold antlerless deer licenses no later than Sept. 13, and second round of unsold antlerless deer licenses no later than the Sept. 27.

Beginning Aug. 2, 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. 23, 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. 4.