Hunters preparing for the upcoming antlerless deer license application period are reminded that Deer Management Assistance Program antlerless deer permits are available through the Pennsylvania Automated License System.
DMAP is the Pennsylvania Game Commission's program designed to help landowners manage deer numbers on their properties.
Eligible landowners include those owning: public lands; private lands where no fee is charged for hunting; and hunting clubs established prior to Jan. 1, 2000, that are owned in fee title and have provided a club charter and list of current members to the agency.
"While more than 700 DMAP units have been entered into the database so far, Game Commission staff continues to update the list as more landowner applications are reviewed, approved and added to the website," PGC executive director Carl Roe said. "We expect to have all of the eligible landowners applications approved and entered by July 1.
"Hunters may obtain up to two DMAP antlerless deer permits per property, and DMAP permits do not impact a hunter's eligibility to apply for and receive antlerless deer licenses issued for Wildlife Management Units."
DMAP permit fees are $10.70 for resident hunters and $35.70 for nonresident hunters and permits 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, and 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, but 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. 28-Dec. 10).
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. 28-Dec. 10), however, WMU-specific antlerless deer licenses may be used only during the last seven days of the season, Dec. 3-10.
All DMAP permits will be available through PALS, and DMAP unit numbers have been posted by the PGC listing all public landowners and those private landowners who did not request DMAP coupons.
Those 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.
An alphabetical listing of DMAP properties for each county in which DMAP properties are located is listed on the PGC website at www.pgc.state.pa.us .
Each listing will provide the following information: DMAP property number; contact information, including 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.
The Pennsylvania Game Commission will hold its quarterly board of game commissioners meeting Monday and Tuesday, June 27-28, in the auditorium of the agency's Harrisburg headquarters at 2001 Elmerton Ave., located off the Progress Avenue exit of Interstate 81 in Harrisburg.
Beginning at 8:30 a.m., Monday, the board will gather public comments and hear PGC staff reports beginning. Doors will open at 7:45 a.m. so that those interested in offering public testimony – limited to five minutes – may register.
Tuesday, beginning at 8:30 a.m., the board will take up its prepared agenda, which is posted on the agency's website at www.pgc.state.pa.us. Doors will open at 7:45 a.m.
A webcast of the meeting beginning will begin with the staff reports on Monday, immediately following the conclusion of public comments. Tuesday's full board meeting will be webcast beginning at 8:30 a.m.
Minutes from the board's April 12 meeting are also posted on the agency's website under the "Resources" section in the menu bar under the banner. To view the report, select "Reports/Minutes," then click on "Commission Board Meeting Minutes," and then choose "April 2011 Minutes."
Baseball fans who have a Pennsylvania hunting or furtaking license can take advantage of a promotion by the Pittsburgh Pirates for discounted tickets to specific games. Advance purchase of outfield box seats for select Friday night games July 8 and 22, Aug. 5 and 19, and Sept. 9 and 23 at PNC Park will be $18, and include a limited edition Pirates hat and T-shirt. All tickets must be ordered a minimum of one week prior to the game and only orders purchased together will be seated together.
To download order forms, access the Pennsylvania Game Commission website at www.pgc.state. pa.us and click on the "PGC Nights With Pirates" icon. To view a seating chart, access the Pirates website at www.pirates.com.
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 email@example.com.
Pennsylvania Game Commission Southeast Region commissioner Greg Isabella 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.
A trap shoot will be held, Thursday, June 30, 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.