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PALS lets PA hunters check status of doe license application

From the Pennsylvania Game Commission

-- Pennsylvania license buyers now can check the status of their antlerless deer license applications, as well as their elk and bobcat applications online with the new Pennsylvania Automated License System (PALS).

Access the information on the Game Commission website (, and click on the blue box in the upper right-hand corner of the homepage.  Click on the “Purchase License Permit and or Application/Replace License and or Permit” option, which includes the ability to “Check on the status of any Lottery Application,” scroll down and click on the “Start Here” button at the bottom of the page.  At this page, choose one of the identification options below to check your records, fill in the necessary information and click on the “Continue” button. Click on the appropriate residency status, which will display your current personal information.  At the bottom of the page, choose the “Check on the status of any Lottery Application” button, and then hit “Continue.”

“The system is designed to protect an individual’s personal information, while enabling that person to check on the status of the applications,” said Carl Roe , executive director of the Game Commission. “As doe licenses are processed by county treasurers, a license buyer’s application status will be updated in the system and consequently can be checked online.  This update – which includes the Wildlife Management Unit for which the license was issued – occurs as soon as a county treasurer’s office allocates a license to a license-buyer’s account. This new feature will shed light on the doe license application process unlike anything we offered before. “

Hunters will be able to see for themselves if their application for the bobcat and/or elk drawings recorded accurately.  Elk license applicants also will be able to confirm their preferences listed for Elk Hunt Zone and antlered or antlerless elk.

Shortly after the bobcat and elk public drawings are held on Sept. 11, license buyers’ records will be updated for the 1,780 bobcat permits or 59 elk licenses available.  

For antlerless deer licenses, there is a new timeline for the applications, which started July 13, when county treasurers began accepting applications from residents.  Nonresident applications for regular antlerless deer licenses will be accepted beginning July 27.  

Residents and nonresidents can apply for the first round of unsold antlerless deer licenses on Aug. 3, and residents and nonresidents can apply for the second round of unsold antlerless deer licenses Aug. 17.  

County treasurers will have to mail regular and first round of unsold antlerless deer licenses no later than Sept. 14, and second round of unsold antlerless deer licenses no later than the Sept. 28.

Beginning Aug. 3, 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. 24, county treasurers will accept 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 Nov. 2.

Roe noted a “Doe License Update” page has been launched through PALS, and that it can be accessed from the agency’s homepage ( by clicking on the “Doe License Update” link in the upper right-hand corner.  This site provides a real-time status of antlerless license allocations and availability by WMU, and will aid license buyers as they determine which WMU to list as their first, second and third preference when they submit applications.

“Hunters do not need to list a second or third preference on their application,” Roe said. “But this option is available for those who hunt in multiple WMUs and want to avoid the possibility of having the application returned to them if their first preference is sold out.”

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