WMU 1B in Pennsylvania Sells Out of Antlerless Deer Licenses
Wildlife Management Unit (WMU) 1B, covering all of Erie County, as well as portions of Crawford, Venango and Warren counties has exhausted its entire antlerless deer license allocation, announced Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director Carl G. Roe. As previously announced, antlerless deer license allocations for WMUs 2F and 2G have been exhausted.
Roe noted that this does not mean that hunters, both residents and nonresidents, are out of options when looking to hunt for antlerless deer thanks to Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP) coupons that remain available.
“While DMAP permits may be used only on the specific property for which they are issued, they do offer hunters additional antlerless deer hunting opportunities on public and private lands in WMUs 1B, 2F and 2G,” Roe said. “DMAP was developed to provide a way for hunters to help landowners achieve the type of deer harvest they require to better manage their lands. We encourage hunters to contact these landowners and take advantage of this unprecedented opportunity.”
Landowners can’t charge or accept any contribution from a hunter for a DMAP coupon. While hunters may obtain up to two DMAP permits per property, DMAP permits do not impact a hunter’s eligibility to apply for and receive antlerless deer licenses issued for WMUs.
DMAP permit allotments are not part of the annual general antlerless deer license allocations for WMUs.
Resident hunters must mail DMAP coupons in a regular envelope, along with a check for $10 made payable to the Pennsylvania Game Commission, to the address listed on the coupon to receive their DMAP antlerless deer permit. Nonresidents must include a check for $35. The permit can be used to harvest one antlerless deer on the specific DMAP property. Maps for the properties are to be provided to hunters by the landowners.
Hunters may not use DMAP permits to harvest an antlered deer. However, hunters may use DMAP antlerless deer permits anytime antlerless deer hunting is open, including the entire two-week firearms deer season (Dec. 1-13), even in WMUs 2D, 2G, 3C and 4B. The two-week firearms deer season in WMUs 2D, 2G, 3C and 4B is restricted to antlered deer for the first five days (Dec. 1-5) and then concurrent for antlered or antlerless deer for the remaining seven days (Dec. 6-13).
For more information on DMAP, visit the Game Commission’s website (www.pgc.state.pa.us) and click on “DMAP” in the “Quick Clicks” box in the right-hand column of the homepage.
Of the 849,000 antlerless licenses originally allocated, agency employees have distributed to county treasurers 451,406 applications. Following is a listing of the remaining Wildlife Management Units antlerless deer licenses as of today (along with the initial allocation for each WMU): WMU 1A, 20,423 (42,000); WMU 2A, 40,288 (55,000); WMU 2B, 65,069 (68,000); WMU 2C, 14,542 (49,000); WMU 2D, 18,568 (56,000); WMU 2E, 3,215 (21,000); WMU 3A, 9,487 (26,000); WMU 3B, 22,168 (43,000); WMU 3C, 6,196 (27,000); WMU 3D, 17,503 (37,000); WMU 4A, 6,442 (29,000); WMU 4B, 2,649 (23,000); WMU 4C, 8,703 (35,000); WMU 4D, 5,970 (40,000); WMU 4E, 15,281 (30,000); WMU 5A, 10,573 (19,000); WMU 5B, 31,853 (51,000); WMU 5C, 77,741 (92,000); and WMU 5D, 21,193 (22,000).
For more updates on the availability of antlerless deer licenses by WMU, visit the Game Commission’s “Doe License Update” in the center of the agency’s homepage (www.pgc.state.pa.us).
Beginning on Monday, Aug. 18, the Game Commission will start accepting regular antlerless deer license applications through first-class mail from nonresidents. The timetable for applying for remaining antlerless deer licenses is:
On Monday, Aug. 25, the Game Commission will accept, only through first-class mail, applications for the first round of unsold antlerless licenses. Hunters may apply for and receive only one antlerless deer license during this first round in any one of the WMUs, except for WMUs 2B, 5C or 5D. Applying for and receiving more than one “unsold” antlerless license prior to Sept. 8 – except in WMUs 2B, 5C and 5D – is against the law.
In WMUs 2B, 5C and 5D, during the first round of unsold antlerless deer licenses, hunters may apply for multiple antlerless deer licenses, provided they submit no more than three applications per envelope, in addition to the one unsold antlerless deer license they may apply for in the 19 other WMUs. However, they may mail as many envelopes as they desire for unsold antlerless licenses in WMUs 2B, 5C and 5D.
Beginning Monday, Sept. 8, the Game Commission will accept, only through first-class mail, applications for the second round of unsold antlerless licenses. Hunters who applied for an unsold antlerless license during the first round may apply for and receive only one antlerless deer license during the second round. Those hunters who did not apply for an unsold license during the first round may make separate applications for and receive up to two unsold antlerless licenses during the second round. The separate applications may be submitted to one or two WMUs.
Regular antlerless deer licenses and first-round unsold licenses will be mailed by county treasurers to successful applicants no later than Monday, Sept. 15. Second-round unsold licenses will be mailed no later than Oct. 1.
Also, beginning Monday, Sept. 8, applicants may apply over-the-counter at county treasurers’ offices in WMUs 2B, 5C and 5D. Beginning Monday, Nov. 3, hunters may apply over-the-counter for unsold antlerless licenses in all other WMUs.