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PA hunters can purchase special spring turkey tag until April 20

From Pennsylvania Game Commission

-- Hunters who would like the opportunity to harvest a second spring gobbler can purchase a second spring gobbler tag until midnight, April 20.

Second spring gobbler tags can be purchased through the Pennsylvania Automated License System (PALS), at any issuing agent or through the agency’s website at

Hunters who plan to purchase the second spring gobbler tag through the agency’s website should expect to wait seven to 10 days for shipping, depending on the volume of other online purchases.  All sales of the second spring gobbler tag end at midnight on April 20, which is the day before the one-day season for junior license holders and those participating in the Mentored Youth Hunting Program.

Prior to the implementation of PALS, hunters had to wait until Jan. 1 before submitting a license application for the second spring gobbler tag, then wait for the agency to mail the license to them. Through PALS, hunters can now purchase the second spring gobbler tag at any issuing agent and walk out of the store with the license in hand, or they can purchase it online and wait for it to be mailed to them within 10 days.

All general hunting license holders are able to take one spring gobbler as part of their general hunting privileges; the second spring gobbler tag license affords hunters interested in this additional opportunity to take a second spring gobbler.

Hunters may only purchase one second spring gobbler license during a license year, as the season limit remains two spring gobblers, and the daily harvest is one bird per day.

The special spring gobbler license is only available through the Game Commission website or through a local license issuing agent. Fees set by state law for the special license are $21.70 for residents and $41.70 for nonresidents.  For online orders, there are additional shipping and handling costs.

The 2012 spring gobbler season is from April 28 to May 31. Legal hunting hours for opening day of the spring gobbler season through the third Saturday, April 28 to May 12, will be one-half hour before sunrise until noon. The remainder of the season, May 14 to 31, has legal shooting hours of one half hour before sunrise until one-half hour after sunset.

The one day Spring Gobbler Youth Hunt will be April 21 from one half hour before sunrise until noon.

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