Doe Licenses Available
Inside the Outdoors, July 23,

The Pennsylvania Game Commission recently announced that the first round of doe license sales kicked off July 13 and is in full swing. This also includes the Disease Management Area 2. This represents the lone area where chronic wasting disease has been detected in free-ranging deer. Non-residents may apply for these permits beginning Monday, July 27. Then on Aug. 3, residents and non-residents may apply for any unsold licenses that remain.

“The DMA 2 permits were created last year as a way to direct more hunting pressure to DMA 2,” said the Commission.

The second round of unsold license sales is set to begin on Mon., Aug. 17. Permits may be purchased over the counter Aug. 24 for WMUs 2B, 5C and 5D. In these units, hunters can apply for and receive an unlimited number of antler deer licenses beginning Aug. 3. No more than three applications can be sent in the same envelope. Beginning Aug. 24, antlerless licenses that remain unsold for the above units can be purchased over the counter.

If an application is not complete and/or proper remittance is not enclosed, it will be rejected and returned to the applicant. Also, if the applicant fails to provide return postage, no license will be issued and the letter will be placed in the dead letter file in the county treasurer’s office. Hunters can retrieve their deed letters by contacting the county treasurer for instructions.

Applicants who apply by mail must include a self-addressed, stamped return envelope. Do not use the pink Official Antlerless Deer License Application envelope or mail the material to the Game Commission. Application for these licenses may occur at any time during the year.

According to the PGC, “Compared to the previous license year, 33,000 fewer antlerless licenses have been allocated this year, and most wildlife units (WMUs) have fewer licenses available. That means submitting a timely application is as important as ever for hunters.”

If a WMU is small, the PGC said, it never takes long for the does licenses to sell out. Since there are few licenses available, it is suggested that those pursuing the sport not wait. Procrastinators just may be out of luck.

According to Tom Fazi, PGC information and education supervisor, “All allocations are established according to the harvest in each WMU. It is then based on science whereby the PGC Board of Commissioners makes the decisions on how many permits to issue as per WMU.”

“Last year,” he stated, “an estimated 303,970 whitetail deer were harvested statewide. Out of those, 119,260 were antlered and 184,713 were antlerless animals.”

In addition, “746,500 state doe license will be allocated for this year,” he said. It was encouraging to hear that the population in all but two of the 23 WMUs had a population trend increase.

He pointed out, “In order to manage the deer population, the females have to be harvested. For every four licenses that are sold, one doe is killed,” Fazi stated.

Each permit costs $6.70 for residents and $26.70 for non-residents. Payments must be made by credit card, check, or money order and made payable to the “Pennsylvania Game Commission.”

More information pertaining to obtaining doe licenses can be obtained by logging onto the PGC’s website at


Row, row, row your boat gently down the stream may have been one of those songs we sang as children, but the idea of manning a canoe and/or canoe during these soggy days of summer doesn’t fit into the scheme of things with all the rainfall we have been having.

A matter of fact, some people who like to challenge life will be seen paddling down such waterways as the Loyalhanna Creek where currents have been reported stronger than ever.

Having a lifejacket on board is a given, so to speak. Anyone who has been in a boat that has capsized can tell you one is not thinking of grabbing the floatation device as he or she is “on the tip.” Many thoughts go through one’s mind while being introduced to the liquid substance that has been underneath one for the “up to now” duration of the trip.

According to the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, “For a life jacket to work properly, not only does it need to be on your body, but fit properly, as well. Make sure it fits comfortably. One will be more apt to wear it if it feels good on one’s person. Don’t leave home without it and always wear it while especially kayaking or canoeing especially taking on the turbulent waters of creeks, rivers or some lakes that have strong undercurrents. You will live to tell about your experience!

- Paul J. Volkmann
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