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2004-2005 hunting/furtaker licenses to go on sale


Beginning July 1, Pennsylvania resident and nonresident hunting and furtaker licenses will go on sale through "The Outdoor Shop" on the Game Commission website (," according to Vern Ross, agency executive director.
"For the past five years, the Game Commission has worked hard to implement new ways to better serve license buyers," Ross said. "By allowing our customers to purchase their hunting and furtaker licenses over the Internet, from the comfort and convenience of their home or office, we are offering one more service to better meet their needs."
Ross noted hunting and furtaker licenses also will be available from the nearly 850 issuing agents around the state beginning July 1.
All fees are the same as last year, including: $20 for adult hunting or furtaker licenses; $6 for junior hunting or furtaker licenses; and $13 for senior hunting or furtaker licenses.
Combination licenses, created by the General Assembly in 1998, are available to junior resident and nonresident (12 to 16 years) and senior resident (65 years and older) hunters and furtakers, and were designed to provide youngsters and seniors nearly unlimited hunting and trapping opportunities at considerable savings. Combination licenses provide general hunting, furtaker, archery and muzzleloader privileges. Resident junior combination licenses sell for $9; nonresident junior, $51; and resident senior lifetime combination licenses, $101.
Senior lifetime hunting and furtaker licenses can be upgraded to a senior lifetime combination license for $51. To make the upgrade, an individual must visit one of the Game Commission's six regional offices or the Harrisburg headquarters, or "The Outdoor Shop" on the agency's Web site ( The process includes filling out a new license application, verifying that the applicant holds a valid lifetime license and payment of the fee. The upgrade can't be obtained through a regular issuing agent. Those wishing to receive the upgrade application through the mail should download the senior lifetime license application from the agency's Web site (click on "Hunting & Trapping," then "Applications" under the Licensing section in the right-hand column and scroll down to "Resident Senior Lifetime License") or call the License Division at (717) 787-2084.
There is no combination license for resident and nonresident adult hunters, nor does the Game Commission sell a nonresident senior license.
New this year is the resident military personnel hunting license, which sells for $2. This license, which is only available from the Game Commission headquarters in Harrisburg or Region Offices or County Treasurers' Offices, offers active duty military Pennsylvanians all of the same hunting privileges of a general hunting license: one antlered deer during the two-week rifle deer season; one fall turkey; one spring gobbler; and all the small game a hunter is legally entitled to harvest.
To qualify for this license, an individual must be a Pennsylvania resident on active and full-time duty in the United States Armed Forces assigned to a facility outside of the Commonwealth and on temporary leave within the state. Proof of military status, leave papers and place of residence must be show to Game Commission or County Treasurer staff at the time of purchase.
This new license classification was created by Act 63 of 2003, which was approved by the state Senate and House unanimously and signed by Governor Edward G. Rendell Dec. 30. The legislation, Senate Bill 586, was sponsored by Lancaster County Senator Noah Wenger.
Other resident license fees are: antlerless deer (Wildlife Management Unit specific), $6; archery, $16; muzzleloader, $11; bear, $16; migratory game bird, $3; senior lifetime hunting or furtaker licenses, $51; and resident landowner, $4.
Basic nonresident adult hunting licenses are $101; nonresident adult furtaker licenses are $81; and nonresident junior hunting or furtaker licenses are $41.
Other nonresident license fees are: antlerless deer (WMU specific), $26; archery, $26; muzzleloader, $21; bear, $36; migratory game bird, $6; and seven-day small game, $31. Muzzleloader licenses must be purchased by Nov. 13.
Interested hunters also may apply for the upcoming limited bobcat and elk seasons via "The Outdoor Shop." Bobcat applications must be postmarked or received through "The Outdoor Shop" no later than Aug. 20; and the public drawing for the bobcat permits will be held Friday, Sept. 10. Elk license applications will be accepted by the agency until Aug. 27, however, applications submitted through "The Outdoor Shop" will be accepted until Sept. 10. The public drawing to award the elk licenses will be held on Saturday, Sept. 25.
Those who submitted applications last year for either the bobcat permit or elk license drawings and were not selected may begin to benefit from the recently approved preference point systems. Unsuccessful applicants who applied in the 2003-2004 license year who apply this year will be entered twice if they apply this year. Preference points are carried forward until an applicant is drawn, and there is no requirement that applications be made in consecutive years in order to retain preference points. However, applicants must apply in order to have their preference points used for given license year.

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