At the June quarterly meeting of the Pennsylvania Game Commission board of game commissioner's meeting, executive director Carl Roe reminded hunters that county treasurers will begin accepting antlerless deer license applications from resident hunters, Monday, July 11, and from nonresidents, Monday, July 25.
For the 2011-12 hunting license year antlerless deer license fees are the same as they have been since 1999, except for the 70-cent transaction fee attached to the purchase of each license and permit, which is paid directly to Active Outdoors, the Nashville-based company that runs Pennsylvania Automated License System. This transaction fee means that residents will need to write checks made payable to "County Treasurer" for $6.70 and nonresidents for $26.70, and hunters must use the official pink envelopes, which are provided to each license buyer by the issuing agents.
By state law, antlerless deer licenses will continue to be sold only by county treasurers, so hunters will need to prepare and mail separate applications for antlerless deer licenses. A list of the mailing addresses for the 65 county treasurers that issue antlerless deer licenses is included in the 2011-12 Digest, which is provided to each license buyer.
A listing of antlerless licenses allocated by WMU, as well as the remaining allocation, can be viewed on the PGC website at www.pgc. state.pa.us by clicking on "Doe License Update" in the "Quick Clicks" box in the right-hand column of the homepage.
"As county treasurers are set up with PALS, hunters will be able to submit an application to any county treasurer," Roe said. "Hunters have the option of listing up to three choices, in order of preference, for a specific Wildlife Management Unit antlerless deer license.
"If an applicant's first choice of WMU has exhausted its allocation of antlerless deer licenses, the PALS system will move to the second preference – and third, if necessary. This process will nearly eliminate the chance that a hunter will not be able to receive at least one antlerless deer license during the processing of regular antlerless deer licenses, however, hunters are not required to list more than one choice of WMU."
Roe said that the early start to the antlerless deer license application process will help ensure that county treasurers will be able to mail antlerless deer licenses back to hunters prior to the opening of the Saturday, Sept. 17, opening of the archery season in WMUs 2B, 5C and 5D on Sept. 17. This year's opening of the general statewide archery deer season is Saturday, Oct. 1.
A trap shoot will be held, Thursday, July 14, beginning at 6 p.m., at Orwigsburg Gun Club, Gun Club Road, off Route 443 East, Orwigsburg. For information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
National Muzzleloader Rifle Association Eastern Pennsylvania Field Representative Gerry Rubbo is the guest of Pennsylvania Outdoor Writers Association member Doyle Dietz on "Experience The Outdoors," Sunday, from 7-7:30 a.m. on 1410-AM, WLSH, from 9:30-10 a.m., on WMGH, 105.5-FM and on the Web at www.wmgh.com by clicking the "Experience The Outdoors" link.
Bears Head Archery, Delano, located one mile off Exit 134, Interstate 81, has its 3-D course open daily to the public from dawn to dusk through Saturday, Oct. 15. Donations are accepted, and for information, contact Frank Blazusky at 570-467-0331 or docblazer@ verizon.net.
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, Kempton, is accepting applications for its 2011 Raptor Camp, a camp designed especially for young nature enthusiasts entering the fourth and fifth grade. Raptor Camp will be held daily from 9 am to 3 pm, July 25-29, and costs $230 per child with a $30 discount for Hawk Mountain members, and applications are available by calling the sanctuary at 610-756-6961 or by email at email@example.com.
During Raptor Camp, Hawk Mountain educators use eagles, hawks, falcons and owls as a focus for learning, and together the group takes advantage of the 2,600-acre sanctuary for outdoors activities. Each day includes hands-on lessons, crafts and activities, each designed to provide an enriched sense of environmental awareness and appreciation for birds of prey and the natural world we all share.