Pennsylvania Bobcat Application Deadlines Approach

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Pennsylvania hunters and trappers are reminded about the upcoming deadline for submitting applications for one of the 720 bobcat permits to be awarded during a public drawing at the Pennsylvania Game Commission's Harrisburg headquarters, 2001 Elmerton Ave. Applications must be received by the agency, applied for over-the-counter at any of the agency's six region offices or Harrisburg headquarters or postmarked no later than Aug. 15. Those postmarked after Aug. 15 will be rejected. Online applications will be accepted via "The Outdoor Shop" on the Game Commission's website (www.pgc.state.pa.us) through Sept. 5.

The season will be open only in Wildlife Management Units 2C, 2E, 2F, 2G, 3A, 3B, 3C and 3D, which are in southwestern, northcentral and northeastern Pennsylvania. In order to participate in this restricted opportunity, an individual must have a resident furtaker license or a resident junior or senior combination license, and a bobcat hunting-trapping permit.

Those who received a bobcat permit last year are not eligible for this year's drawing. Only one application per person will be accepted. Multiple applications will result in the rejection of all of an individual's applications.

Applicants must use the form found on page 87 of the 2006-07 Pennsylvania Digest of Hunting & Trapping Regulations, or at "The Outdoor Shop" on the Game Commission's website (www.pgc.state.pa.us). An individual is limited to one application, which must be accompanied by a $5 non-refundable fee. Applications by mail must be sent to: Bobcat Permit Application, Pennsylvania Game Commission, 2001 Elmerton Ave., Harrisburg, PA 17110-9797.

The 720 permits will be selected during a computerized drawing, which will be open to the public, at the agency's headquarters on Friday, Sept. 8. Those selected will receive their bobcat permit by U.S. mail in early October. The bobcat hunting season will take place Oct. 21 through Feb. 17. The bobcat trapping season will be held from Oct. 22 through Feb. 17.