GAME COMMISSION TO BEGIN ACCEPTING DMAP APPLICATIONS
Hunting- Landowners looking to enroll in the Pennsylvania Game Commission's Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP), which is designed to help landowners manage deer on their properties, have until July 1 to submit an application addressed to "DMAP Application" to the appropriate Game Commission Region Office.
In addition, a map describing the property boundaries must be enclosed with the application. Landowners may obtain DMAP applications from the Game Commission's website (www.pgc.state.pa.us) in the "Quick Clicks" box in the upper right-hand corner of the homepage, Region Offices or the agency's Harrisburg headquarters.
Under the proposal given final approval by the Board of Game Commissioners on April 26, eligible lands for DMAP are: public lands; private lands where no fee is charged for hunting; and hunting club lands owned in fee title so long as the club was established prior to Jan. 1, 2000, and they provide a club charter and list of current members to the agency. Previously, private hunting clubs were required to own a minimum of 1,000 contiguous acres before being eligible.
Also, landowners now are permitted to give up to two DMAP coupons to a 2005-06 licensed hunter, who will then apply for the DMAP permits. However, DMAP permit holders who failed to complete and submit the mandatory report information from the 2004-05 deer season will be ineligible for coupons/permits and refunds in the 2005-06 deer season.
Coupons for DMAP antlerless deer harvest permits may be issued to landowners at a rate of one coupon for every five acres in agricultural operations or one coupon for every 50 acres for all other land. Management plans will be required only when an applicant for DMAP requests more than the standard rate for issuance of DMAP harvest permits.
Landowners must designate their boundaries in a manner approved by the Game Commission. Landowners will receive one coupon for each DMAP permit allocated for their property. Landowners may not give more than two DMAP coupons per DMAP area to a licensed hunter, who will then apply to the Game Commission for the DMAP harvest permits. Landowners may not charge or accept any remuneration for a DMAP coupon. Hunters may possess only two DMAP permits for a specific DMAP property in any given license year.
DMAP permit allotments will be made separate from the general antlerless deer license allocations, and will be $6 for residents and $26 for nonresidents.
After August 1, hunters interested in obtaining a listing of DMAP properties having available coupons should consult the agency's website (www.pgc.state.pa.us) or mail a self-addressed, stamped envelope along with a letter indicating their county of interest, to the Game Commission Region Office responsible for that particular county. Region Office contact information, and a listing of counties in their jurisdiction, is as follows:
Northwest Region Office, P.O. Box 31, Franklin, PA 16323. 814-432-3188. Butler, Clarion, Crawford, Erie, Forest, Jefferson, Lawrence, Mercer, Venango and Warren counties.
Southwest Region Office, 4820 Route 711, Bolivar, PA 15923. 724-238-9523. Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Cambria, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Somerset, Washington and Westmoreland counties.
Northcentral Region Office, P.O. Box 5038, Jersey Shore, PA 17740. 570-398-4744. Cameron, Centre, Clearfield, Clinton, Elk, Lycoming, McKean, Potter, Tioga, and Union counties.
Southcentral Region Office, 8627 William Penn Highway, Huntingdon, PA 16652. 814-643-1831. Adams, Bedford, Blair, Cumberland, Franklin, Fulton, Huntingdon, Juniata, Mifflin, Perry and Snyder counties.
Northeast Region Office, P.O. Box 220, Dallas, PA 18612. 570-675-1143. Bradford, Carbon, Columbia, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, Montour, Northumberland, Pike, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Wayne and Wyoming counties.
Southeast Region Office, 448 Snyder Rd., Reading, PA 19605. 610-926-3136. Berks, Bucks, Chester, Dauphin, Delaware, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia, Schuylkill and York counties.
Source: PA Game Commision
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