From the Pennsylvania Game Commission
-- The state Game Commission has approved a focused, limited authorization that permits the use of bait for deer hunting in WMUs 5C and 5D on approved properties enrolled in the agency's Agriculture Deer Depredation Program. It's commonly referred to as the Red Tag program.
The move underscores the Commission's efforts to find effective tools to manage deer populations on agriculture lands in the southeast corner of the state.
In 2010, the Commission's three-year evaluation of the effectiveness of bait use for deer hunting across southeast Special Regulations Areas counties expired. Under the new regulation, the agency is focusing on bait use on farms most in need of deer control assistance during the Red Tag time frame. Farmers applying to enroll in the Red Tag program need to include in their application justification for the need to use bait.
Farmers enrolled in the Red Tag program are provided with a specific number of antlerless deer permits, which are red in color. Farmers give the permits to hunters to harvest antlerless deer from Feb. 1 to Sept. 28 each calendar year, excluding Sundays, during the hours of dawn to dusk only. The permits are not valid from May 16 to June 30, and can't be used to take bucks.
The listings of farms enrolled in the Red Tag program are maintained by respective Region Offices because landowners enrolled in the program change from year to year.