Lots of doe tags

There are still thousands of antlerless deer licenses available for Warren County’s two wildlife management units.

According to Warren County Treasurer Denny Munksgard, doe tags are often gone before the non-resident application period begins.

But, as of Friday afternoon, there were more than 5,000 tags available in WMU 2F and almost 7,000 in WMU 1B.

“By now, we would normally be sold out of our 2F and 1B,” Munksgard said. “It’s an unusual year.”

Non-resident applications came in last week, Munksgard said. But not as many as usual.

“Not many non-residents applied,” he said. “I believe the reason would be that we’ve been sold out in the past.”

That could explain a slow year for non-resident applications, but not for Pennsylvania hunters.

There are more tags available in 2F this year compared to last year. The Pennsylvania Game Commission pushed up the available tags there by 8,000, Munksgard said. But, in 1B, there are 2,000 fewer tags this year.

In a Friday release, the game commission said some hunters have gotten their licenses late. Because the applications for antlerless deer licenses come with the hunting licenses, that could explain the delay.

“The Pennsylvania Game Commission encourages hunters experiencing such problems to contact the agency for help,” according to the release (see page A7).

“We appreciate and care about every single one of our license buyers, and it’s unfortunate that some of those who bought licenses online have experienced problems this year,” Game Commission Executive Director Bryan Burhans said. “We’ve worked with the same license vendor for several years with few issues, so the problems that emerged this year, which likely have impacted thousands of hunters, not only were unexpected, they are frustrating for the agency.”

“We sincerely apologize to those hunters who have been affected and who share in our frustration,” Burhans said. “If you bought a hunting license online and did not receive it within the seven-to-10 business day window, please contact us. We can help to get you your license, and if the vendor’s error prevented you from submitting an antlerless deer license application, we can assist you in that process, as well.”

The Pennsylvania Game Commission’s license division can be reached by phone at 717-787-2084 or by email to pgclicdiv@pa.gov.

As of Friday, antlerless deer licenses remain available in all but one Wildlife Management Unit, according to the game commission.

“We still have plenty,” Munksgard said.

Hunting licenses may be purchased at Munksgard’s office at the Warren County Courthouse or at participating sporting goods stores.

The antlerless license applications come with a hunting license or in the game commission’s Hunting and Trapping Digest — also available at the treasurer’s office.

The applications are only processed when sent in the included envelope to a county treasurer’s office by U.S. Postal Service.

Hunters that already have an antlerless deer license, may not yet apply for another.

Bonus tag sales begin on Aug. 5, Munksgard said. Bonus tag applications that are received before that date will not be accepted.