Nonresident Antlerless Apps Accepted August 18th

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Beginning Aug. 18, the Pennsylvania Game Commission will accept antlerless deer license applications from nonresident hunters. Resident hunters were permitted to begin applying on Aug. 4.

The Game Commission has developed an "Antlerless License Update" page on its website ( to provide hunters additional information on the changes in the antlerless license application process. The site also provides daily updates about the number of antlerless licenses available by Wildlife Management Unit (WMU). Look for it under "Hot Topics" on the agency's homepage.

"With the new WMUs in place for this year's deer seasons, hunters will no longer be restricted to unmarked, political county boundaries when hunting antlerless deer," said Vern Ross, Game Commission executive director. "Antlerless licenses will be issued for WMUs, which are defined by easy-to-recognize geographical boundaries - such as major roads and rivers - rather than political lines on a map that can't be seen in the field."

Ross emphasized that, as required by state law, county treasurers will continue to issue antlerless deer licenses. Except for the "over-the-counter sales," county treasurers will receive applications from the Game Commission for a percentage of a WMU's total antlerless license allocation based on the county's representation in the WMU.

Ross also noted that hunters will be mailing their applications to the Game Commission - not county treasurers - in yellow, rather than pink, envelopes. The envelope contains pre-printed address labels for each of the 22 Post Office boxes established for the state's 22 new WMUs. Anyone with the old pink envelopes should discard them.

"The new mailing labels and bar coding have been incorporated to speed up the processing of applications," Ross said. "Hunters should ensure that the label is securely placed on the envelope before mailing it. If it appears that the label is not affixed properly, the U.S. Postal Service will allow applicants to use transparent tape over the label to secure it."

The Game Commission will begin accepting resident and nonresident hunter applications through the mail for the first round of unsold licenses on Monday, Aug. 25; and the second round will be accepted through the mail beginning Monday, Sept. 8.

Over-the-counter applications will not be accepted by county treasurers until Nov. 3, except in Wildlife Management Units 2B, 5C and 5D, where county treasurers will begin accepting over-the-counter applications on Monday, Aug. 25.

Applying for and receiving more than one antlerless license at a time is against the law and carries a $100 fine. While individuals are permitted to mail up to three antlerless deer license applications in one envelope, the applications must be for different individuals. Hunters may apply for one license during the first round of regular antlerless deer licenses. During the first round of unsold licenses, hunters may apply for a second license. During the second round of unsold licenses, hunters may apply for a third license. The exception to this is when hunters are applying over the counter in WMUs 2B, 5C and 5D.

Applications that do not include return postage will be placed in a "dead letter" file maintained by the Game Commission's Licensing Division in the Harrisburg headquarters. Applicants who believe that their antlerless license application may be in the dead letter file may contact the License Division toll-free at 1-877-331-GAME (1-877-331-4263) during business hours of 7:45 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. This line will be activated after Aug. 18.

Regular and first round unsold antlerless licenses will be mailed to successful applicants by county treasurers no later than Monday, Sept. 15. Second and subsequent rounds of unsold antlerless licenses will be mailed to successful applicants by county treasurers no later than Wednesday, Oct. 1.

For a description of each of the new WMU boundaries, please refer to pages 48-52 of the2003-2004 Pennsylvania Digest of Hunting and Trapping Regulations, which is presented to license buyers along with their harvest report cards, antlerless deer license application and envelopes.