From the Pennsylvania Game Commission
-- Adult mentors can now transfer one antlerless deer license to a young person under the age of 12 participating in the Mentored Youth Hunting Program (MYHP).
The new rule takes effect for the 2011-12 deer hunting seasons.
While mentored youth still may not apply for an antlerless deer license, the new regulation authorizes adult mentors to transfer one antlerless deer license to an eligible mentored youth.
The antlerless license must be valid and in the possession of the adult mentor at all times while hunting. The transfer of the antlerless license may not occur until after the mentored youth has harvested the antlerless deer. At that time, the license is to be transferred to the mentored youth to complete the harvest information and attach the carcass tag.
A mentored youth may receive no more than one antlerless deer license in a license year.
Following the hunt, the adult mentor must report the harvest through the Game Commissions online harvest reporting system, the toll free telephone harvest reporting number or mail in the report card. The report does not need to indicate that a mentored youth used the antlerless deer license.
Under the MYHP, a mentor is defined as a properly licensed individual at least 21 years of age who will serve as a guide to a youth while engaged in hunting or related activities, such as scouting, learning firearms or hunter safety and wildlife identification.
A mentored youth is identified as an unlicensed individual less than 12 years of age who is accompanied by a mentor while engaged in hunting or related activities.
The regulations require that the mentor-to-mentored youth ratio be one-to-one, and that the pair possesses only one sporting arm when hunting. While moving, the sporting arm must be carried by the mentor. When the pair reaches a stationary hunting location, the youth may take possession of the sporting arm, but must remain within arms length of the adult mentor at all times while in possession of the sporting arm.
Legal species presently approved for the MYHP are squirrels, groundhogs, coyotes, antlered and antlerless deer and spring gobbler.
All youth participating in the MYHP must obtain a permit through the Game Commissions Pennsylvania Automated License System (PALS), which costs $2.70. Of that fee, one dollar goes to the Game Commission, one dollar goes to the issuing agent who processes the permit application, and 70 cents goes to the company managing PALS.