From the Pennsylvania Game Commission
-- Hunters have until Aug. 26 to submit an elk license application through the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s Automated License System (PALS). The agency will award the 56 elk licenses. The first 18 drawn will receive an antlered license and the next 38 drawn will receive an antlerless license.
Applications can be made online at
The computerized drawing will be held Sept. 9 at Game Commission headquarters.
Applicants pay a $10.70 non-refundable application fee to be included in the drawing. Details on the elk season and drawing are available on pages 86-88 of the 2011-12 Pennsylvania Digest of Hunting and Trapping Regulations provided to license buyers.
By law, only one application is permitted per person per year, and PALS will prohibit an individual from submitting more than one application.
Individuals are not required to purchase a resident or nonresident general hunting license to apply for the drawing. However, if they are drawn for one of the elk licenses, hunters then will be required to purchase the appropriate resident or nonresident general hunting license and view the elk hunt orientation video produced by the Game Commission before being permitted to purchase the elk license. The elk license fees are $25 for residents and $250 for nonresidents.
There is no cap, or limit, for the number of licenses that may be awarded to nonresidents. Individuals who applied in each year from 2003 through 2010 but were not awarded an elk license have eight preference points heading into this year’s drawing if they submit an application this year, and will have their name entered into the drawing nine times (eight preference points plus the point for this year’s application).
As part of the preference point system established by the agency in 2003, consecutive applications are not required to maintain previously earned preference points, but those points can be activated only in years that a hunter submits an application.
HAdditionally, hunters who want to earn a preference point for this year, but know that they would not be able to participate in the elk hunting season if drawn, have the option of purchasing a preference point for $10.70. While they will not be included in the drawing for the 2011 elk licenses, they continue to build their preference points.
Those applying for an elk license can choose either an antlered or antlerless elk license, or they may select both categories on their application. Hunters who select Antlered Only, if they are drawn after the antlered licenses are allocated, will not receive an elk license. For those who receive an antlered elk license, will not be permitted to re-apply for future elk hunting opportunities for five years. However, those who received an antlerless elk license in any of the previous hunts may submit an application this year.
Applicants also have the opportunity to identify their elk hunt zone preference, or they may select Any. If drawn and their preferred hunt zone is filled, applicants will be assigned a specific zone by the Game Commission.
Information about the elk hunt zones, as well as an elk harvest map depicting the locations of every elk taken by hunters since 2001, are posted on the agency’s website at www.pgc.state.pa.us.
Hunters can check the status of their applications for the elk drawing, as well as their antlerless deer license applications, on the PALS website at https://www1.pa.wildlifelicense.com/start.php.