Permits do not impact hunters’ ability to obtain antlerless licenses
HARRISBURG – The licenses county treasurers will place on sale Monday aren’t the only option hunters have for tags to harvest antlerless deer.
Antlerless permits through the Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP) remain available for some properties, and can be purchased through the Pennsylvania Automated License System (PALS).
DMAP is a Game Commission 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.
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 (WMUs).
DMAP permits went on sale June 9, along with general hunting licenses, and are sold out for some properties. Hunters purchasing the remaining permits may do so at any time and do not have to follow the regular antlerless license schedule.
DMAP permit fees are $10.70 for resident hunters; and $35.70 for non-resident hunters. The permit 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. Landowners may not charge or accept any contribution from a hunter for DMAP permits or coupons.
Hunters may not use DMAP permits to harvest antlered deer. Hunters may use DMAP permits to harvest antlerless deer anytime antlerless deer are legal, including during the entire statewide two-week firearms deer season (Dec. 1-13). However, WMU-specific antlerless deer licenses may be used only during the last seven days of the season (Dec. 7-14) in WMUs 2A, 2C, 2D, 2E, 2F, 2G, 2H, 3B, 3C, 4A, 4B, 4C, 4D and 4E.
All DMAP permits are available through PALS. For DMAP unit numbers, the Game Commission has posted a listing of 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 Web site. 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.
The Web site provides an alphabetical listing of DMAP properties for each county in which DMAP properties are located. Each listing will provide the following information: DMAP property number; contact information, including name, address, telephone number and email address (when available); total number of acres for the property; and total number of coupons issued for the property.