Pennsylvania Bobcat Deadline Approaching

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Pennsylvania hunters and trappers are reminded about the upcoming deadlines for submitting an application for one of the 1,010 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 or delivered after Aug. 15 will be rejected.

However, online applications will be accepted via "The Outdoor Shop" on the Game Commission's website through Sept. 4.

The season will be open only in Wildlife Management Units 2A, 2C, 2E, 2F, 2G, 3A, 3B, 3C and 3D, which are in southwestern, northcentral and northeastern Pennsylvania. 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 rejection of all an individual's applications.

Applicants must use the form found on page 89 of the 2007-08 Pennsylvania Digest of Hunting & Trapping Regulations, or at "The Outdoor Shop" on the Game Commission's website There is a $5 non-refundable application fee. Applications by mail must be sent to: Bobcat Permit Application, Pennsylvania Game Commission, 2001 Elmerton Ave., Harrisburg, PA 17110-9797.

The 1,010 permits will be selected during a computerized drawing, which will be open to the public, at the agency's headquarters on Friday, Sept. 14. Those selected will receive their bobcat permit by U.S. mail in early October. The bobcat hunting season will take place Oct. 20 through Feb. 16. The bobcat trapping season will be held from Oct. 21 through Feb. 17.

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.