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PA hunters/trappers repeal of license display effective Feb. 13

From Pennsylvania Game Commission

-- As of Feb. 13, Pennsylvania hunters and trappers no longer must display their licenses on an outer garment, but they still must have their licenses in their possession while afield, as well as a secondary form of identification, such as a driver’s license.

House Bill 735 was unanimously approved by the House on June 15, and was approved by a vote of 46-3 in the Senate and signed the bill into law on Dec. 15, but the change in law didn’t take effect for 60 days.

With the new license format, the change in law makes hunting less complicated, improves license management by hunters and trappers, and limits the inconveniences associated with lost or misplaced licenses.


Currently, New York and Wisconsin are the only two states that require hunters to wear back tags, which had become a common name for displayed licenses.

Hunters and trappers are reminded to avoid placing licenses in the dryer or near any source of heat, because the material will shrivel and turn black. The new license material is made of thermal paper, and becomes illegible if placed in the dryer or left near a heat source for any length of time.
Hunters who go out hunting for deer, turkey or bear should add a ball-point pen to the list of equipment they plan to take out with them.

Ball-point pens work best when filling in the harvest field tags that must be attached to harvested big game but felt tip pens will smear and pencils will wipe off easily. Each field harvest tag – whether for deer, bear or turkey – has two pre-punched holes to make it easier to attach the tag to the animal carcass.

Hunters are also reminded to use the correct tag.  Not only is each harvest tag pre-printed with the hunter’s name, address and license number, but each harvest tag is identified by species name as well as an icon to depict the species.

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