Pennsylvania WMU 2A Sells Out Of Antlerless Deer Licenses
Pennsylvania – -(TheOutdoorWire.com)- As hunters prepare for the opening of the two-week firearms deer season, which will be held December 1-13, Pennsylvania Game Commission officials announce that Wildlife Management Unit (WMU) 2A has exhausted its entire antlerless deer license allocations.
WMU 2A covers the southwestern corner of the state, and includes all of Greene County, and portions of Allegheny, Beaver, Fayette, Washington and Westmoreland counties.
Of the 849,000 antlerless licenses originally allocated, agency employees have distributed to county treasurers 827,938 applications. Following are the only WMUs with remaining antlerless deer licenses as of today (along with the initial allocation for each WMU): WMU 2B, 20,132 (68,000); and WMU 5D, 930 (22,000).
For more updates on the availability of antlerless deer licenses by WMU, visit the Game Commission's ‘Doe License Update' in the center of the agency's homepage (www.pgc.state.pa.us).
Hunters are reminded that one of the biggest changes in deer season this year is the new five-day, antlered deer-only season in Wildlife Management Units (WMUs) 2D, 2G, 3C and 4B, which runs from Dec. 1-5. It is followed immediately in these four WMUs by seven days of concurrent, antlered and antlerless deer hunting beginning Saturday, Dec. 6, and continuing Monday, Dec. 8, through Saturday, Dec.13.
The changes to these four WMUs will pave the way for the Game Commission to investigate the relationship between antlerless allocations and season length. These WMUs were chosen because: WMUs 2G and 4B have ongoing deer research in them; WMU 2D is an area where antler restrictions are set at four points on one side, and is where the agency previously had deer research conducted; and WMU 3C is an area where antler restrictions are set at three points on one side, and is a physiographic area of the state where no extensive deer research has been conducted so far.
The Game Commission will use a four-year study to determine the impact and effectiveness of the proposed five-day antlered/seven-day concurrent season before additional WMUs may be considered for this season configuration. It also will assess hunter satisfaction with the modified season structure in the four WMUs.
Hunters in all other WMUs will have the full two-week concurrent, antlered and antlerless season ‘ Dec. 1-13 ‘ which has been in place since 2001.
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