Hunters who haven’t purchased a 2020-21 Pennsylvania hunting license, can do so now. The new license year began July 1. Without a 2020-21 general license, hunters are unable to apply for 2020-21 antlerless deer licenses, which will go on sale July 13.
Residents are given preference in applying for antlerless deer licenses. Nonresidents may submit their applications beginning July 20.
Resident applicants need to make checks and money orders payable to “County Treasurer” for $6.90 for each license they seek. The fee for nonresidents is $26.90 per license.
A list of participating county treasurers and their addresses can be found in the 2020-21 Pennsylvania Hunting & Trapping Digest, and applications can be made online.
Resident hunters should note the 2020-21 digest incorrectly lists the address for the Luzerne County treasurer.
The correct address for sending antlerless deer license applications to the Luzerne County treasurer is 200 North River Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711.
Applications that are incomplete or sent without proper remittance will be rejected and returned to the applicant.
Applications received before the Monday start of any round also will be returned to sender.
In any WMU where antlerless licenses remain, resident and nonresident applicants may apply for a second license beginning Aug. 3, and a third license Aug. 17.
Applications during these rounds are accepted by mail only, and must be mailed with proper remittance in an official pink envelope, which ordinarily is provided by the license-issuing agent at the time a general hunting license is purchased.
In most parts of the state, hunters are limited to purchasing a total of three antlerless licenses.
However, in WMUs 2B, 5C and 5D, there is no limit to how many tags a hunter may acquire until the total allocation has been exhausted. Each hunter may apply for only one license per round in those WMUs until Aug. 3, when an unlimited number of applications can be submitted. Only three applications can be mailed in each envelope.
If licenses remain, over-the-counter sales are scheduled Aug. 24 in WMUs 2B, 5C and 5D, and Oct. 5 in all other WMUs, though over-the-counter sales could be affected by COVID-19 restrictions.
State law requires antlerless licenses be issued by county treasurers.