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Antlerless deer applications open to PA residents July 11

From the Pennsylvania Game Commission

-- With general hunting license sales underway, Pennsylvania county treasurers will accept antlerless deer license applications from resident hunters starting July 11, and from nonresidents on July 25.

For the 2011-12 license year, antlerless deer license fees are the same as they have been since 1999, except for the 70-cent transaction fee attached to the purchase of each license and permit, is paid directly to Active Outdoors, the Nashville-based company that runs Pennsylvania Automated License System (PALS). Because of the transaction fee, residents will need to write checks made payable to County Treasurer for $6.70, and nonresidents for $26.70.

Antlerless deer licenses will continue to be sold only by county treasurers, so hunters will need to prepare and mail separate applications for antlerless deer licenses. A list of the mailing addresses for the 65 county treasurers that issue antlerless deer licenses is included in the 2011-12 Digest provided to each license buyer.

A listing of antlerless licenses allocated by WMU, as well as the remaining allocation, can be viewed on the Game Commission's website at

Hunters must use the official pink envelopes provided to each license buyer by the issuing agents. For those who order licenses via the Game Commission's website, a new digest and two pink envelopes will be included in the package, along with the licenses, which will arrive in seven to 10 business days from the date of their transaction.

As county treasurers are set up with PALS, hunters will be able to submit an application to any county treasurer. Hunters have the option of listing up to three choices, in order of preference, for a specific Wildlife Management Unit antlerless deer license. If an applicant's first choice of WMU has exhausted its allocation of antlerless deer licenses, the PALS system moves to the second preference, and third, if necessary.  Hunters are not required to list more than one choice of WMU.

The early start to the antlerless deer license application process ensures that county treasurers will be able to mail antlerless deer licenses back to hunters prior to the opening of the archery season.  The first such season opens with the antlerless archery season in WMUs 2B, 5C and 5D on Sept. 17.  The opening date of the general statewide archery deer season is Oct. 1.

Under the 2011 timeline, residents can apply for regular antlerless deer licenses on July 11; nonresidents will apply for regular antlerless deer licenses on July 25.  After this, residents and nonresidents will apply for the first round of unsold antlerless deer licenses on Aug. 1, and residents and nonresidents will apply for the second round of unsold antlerless deer licenses on Aug. 15.  

County treasurers have to mail regular and first round of unsold antlerless deer licenses no later than Sept. 12, and second round of unsold antlerless deer licenses no later than Sept. 26.

Beginning Aug. 1, for WMUs 2B, 5C and 5D only, there is no limit to the number of unsold antlerless deer license applications an individual can submit until the allocations are exhausted.  This must be done by mail only, and there is a limit of three applications per pink envelope.

Beginning Aug. 22, county treasurers will begin accepting applications over-the-counter for WMUs 2B, 5C and 5D, and may immediately issue antlerless deer licenses.  Hunters may apply over-the-counter to county treasurers for any other WMU with antlerless license allocations on Oct. 3.

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