From the Pennsylvania Game Commission
-- The Pennsylvania Game will award 1,780 permits for the 2009-10 bobcat hunting/furtaking seasons at a public drawing in Harrisburg Sept. 11. As part of the public drawing for the allocated permits, those applicants with six preference points (five previous points and one for this year’s application) will automatically receive a bobcat permit.
Beginning on June 15, the Game Commission is accepting applications for 2009-10 bobcat permits from holders of resident and nonresident furtaker licenses, resident and nonresident junior furtaker or combination licenses, or resident senior furtaker or lifetime combination licenses. All applications must be submitted by Sept. 1 to be eligible for this year’s drawing.
Those who received one of the 1,443 bobcat permits issued during the 2008-09 season are not eligible for this year’s drawing.
The 2009-19 hunting season for bobcats is Oct. 24 through Feb. 20, and the trapping season is Oct. 25 through Feb. 21. Applications can be made at the time an individual purchases his or her general hunting license – at any of the nearly 600 issuing agents or seven Game Commission offices – through the new Pennsylvania Automated License System, which also is accessible through the agency’s website (www.pgc.state.pa.us).
Only one application can be submitted per license year, along with a nonrefundable $5 fee, plus a 70-cent transaction fee that goes to ALS, the company that operates the license sale system. No paper applications will be accepted.
Commission officials report hunters and trappers harvested 487 bobcats during the 2008-09 bobcat seasons. During the 2007-08 season, 356 bobcats were taken; 258 bobcats in 2006-07 season; 221 bobcats in 2005-06; 196 bobcats in 2004-05; 140 in 2003-04; 135 in 2002-03; 146 in 2001-02; and 58 in 2000-01.
“As Pennsylvania’s bobcat population continues to increase in abundance and its geographic range, we are able to again take steps to enable more hunters and trappers to participate in the bobcat season and to expand the harvest area,” said Dr. Matthew Lovallo, Game Commission Game Mammal Section supervisor and author of the agency’s bobcat management plan. “We also have opened WMUs 4A and 4E to the list of areas in which permits may be used.”