2009-07-02 / Local & State

Hunters Reminded Of Change In Date For Obtaining Antlerless Deer Licenses

Rep. Dick Hess (R-Bedford/ Fulton/Huntingdon) is reminding hunters who wish to apply for antlerless deer licenses that the application process for licenses has changed dramatically since last year.

"It's important for hunters to ensure that they are aware of the changes to the licensing process," Hess said.

Starting Monday, July 13, county treasurers can begin accepting antlerless license applications from resident hunters, three weeks earlier than last year. Hunters may mail license applications directly to the county treasurer of their choice.

An antlerless license application will be printed with every general license purchased, and an application also will be available in the Hunting and Trapping Digest. You may apply for a license with either.

Hess noted that any county treasurer can now issue an antlerless deer license for any Wildlife Management Unit (WMU), as long as the WMU's allocation is not sold out. Hunters will also list their first, second and third WMU preferences for licenses. Treasurers will fill the highest preference listed by the hunter. This will eliminate reapplications if one's first or second preference is sold out.

Hunters should also be aware that the Game Commission began selling licenses on June 15, through the Pennsylvania Automated Licensing System (PALS). Paper applications are no longer available for residents. Nonresidents who have always submitted a paper application are being strongly encouraged to use PALS.

"To ensure things operate smoothly, I encourage hunters to get an early start on the application process," Hess said.

For more information about the changes for the upcoming license year, to access PALS or to locate an issuing agent, visit Hess' Web site at Dick- Hess.com.

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