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Pennsylvania approves additional DMAP permits

From the Pennsylvania Game Commission

-- Pennsylvania Game Commissioners have approved issuing 2,761 Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP) antlerless deer coupons to private landowners not enrolled in any agency public access program.  Coupons will be available for hunters to redeem for antlerless deer permits on Sept. 1.

DMAP antlerless deer permits will be available through the Pennsylvania Automated License System (PALS) July 2. DMAP permit fees are $10.70 for resident hunters and $35.70 for nonresident hunters.  The permit can be used to harvest one antlerless deer on the specific DMAP area.  Maps for the properties are to be provided to hunters by the landowners. Landowners may not charge or accept any contribution from a hunter for a DMAP permits or coupons.

Hunters may not use DMAP permits to harvest an antlered deer.  Hunters may use DMAP permits to harvest an antlerless deer anytime antlerless deer are legal, including during the entire statewide two-week firearms deer season Nov. 29-Dec. 11.  DMAP permits also may be used in WMUs 2C, 2D, 2E, 2G, 3C, 4B, 4D and 4E during the two-week firearms deer season Nov. 29-Dec. 11, however, WMU-specific antlerless deer licenses may be used only during the last seven days of the season, Dec. 4-11.

All DMAP permits will be available through PALS. For DMAP unit numbers, the Game Commission will post a listing of all public landowners and those private landowners who did not request DMAP coupons. Private landowners who requested DMAP coupons to present to hunters to redeem for DMAP permits will not appear on the website. However, these landowners generally have a limited number of coupons available and already have identified a sufficient number of hunters to receive their allotted coupons.

The website provides an alphabetical listing of DMAP properties for each county in which DMAP properties are located. Each listing contains DMAP property number, contact name, address, telephone number and e-mail address (when available), total number of acres for the property and total number of coupons issued for the property.

Residents may apply for regular WMU allocated antlerless deer licenses on July 12; nonresidents may apply for regular antlerless deer licenses on July 26.  After this, residents and nonresidents may apply for the first round of unsold antlerless deer licenses on Aug. 2, and residents and nonresidents may apply for the second round of unsold antlerless deer licenses on Aug. 16.  

County treasurers must mail regular and first round of unsold antlerless deer licenses no later than Sept. 13, and second round of unsold antlerless deer licenses no later than the Sept. 27.

Beginning Aug. 2, 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. 23, 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 Oct. 4.

In other business, Game Commissioners made a regulatory change to require all hunters using manufactured blinds used for deer, elk and bear to post a minimum of 100 square inches of daylight fluorescent orange-colored material within 15 feet of the blind so that it is visible within a 360 degree arc, in addition to wearing orange while in the blind.

They also approved  a resolution to publicly support House Bill 2526 to amend the Game and Wildlife Code (Title 34) to legalize the use of blood-tracking dogs to recover lawfully harvested or lawfully wounded white-tailed deer.

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