Pa. committee votes to modernize doe license process

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Legislation to modernize the way hunters buy antlerless deer licenses is headed to the state House of Representatives.

House Bill 231 was reported out of the House Game and Fisheries Committee on Tuesday, according to sponsor Rep. Gerald Mullery (D-Luzerne).

If the measure passes the Legislature, the Pennsylvania Game Commission would distribute antlerless deer licenses and hunters could apply online.

Currently, the Game Commission determines the number of antlerless licenses to be allocated, but county treasurers distribute the permits. To apply for a doe license, Pennsylvania hunters must fill out a form, write a check and drop an envelope in the mail.

Mullery said Luzerne County hunters were shut out of a doe license last year when the treasurer’s office failed to process applications on time. He said a modern system run by the Game Commission would have prevented that “inexcusable mistake.”

He said his bill has the support of the Game Commission.

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