If you hunt deer in Pennsylvania or have considered it, a hunting license should be purchased early this week.
Applications for antlerless deer permits will begin to be accepted on Monday. As this deadline approaches, queues may form at licensing agents as it is now too late to receive your license via online purchase.
Those seeking a doe tag should complete their antlerless deer license application form which can be found attached to your hunting license, in the regulations summary, or printed from the Pennsylvania Game Commission website. Pink envelopes are provided to send your application to the county treasurer of your choice.
Two stamps will be needed – one for each request – as well as a check payable to the county treasurer. Whichever wildlife management unit antlerless tag you are applying for, any treasurer will accept your application.
Three rounds of antlerless deer license applications will be accepted before the remaining tags are offered at the counter beginning September 12. Although it takes some effort and planning, applying for an antlerless deer permit will allow a hunter to harvest a doe this fall and winter.
Those interested in drawing a coveted Pennsylvania elk tag have until the end of the month to apply. Bonus points are awarded each year so that a hunter can slowly increase their chances of shooting an elk tag.
- The elk hunt was established in 2001, although our state has a long history of elk hunting dating back to the eradication of the herd in the 1870s.
- Trap and transfer programs brought the elk back in 1913, and the herd has been on the landscape ever since. It wasn’t until the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and the Pennsylvania Game Commission began focusing on the herd in the 1990s that it began to thrive.
For $11.97, anyone can apply for an elk license hoping to go hunting.
- Bullfrogs, crows and snapping turtles are now in season, providing hunters with an opportunity in addition to groundhogs. Hunting in the summer is a tough proposition, and grappling with vegetation can be overwhelming at times. Although the conditions aren’t ideal, those looking for freshly harvested protein and entertainment have plenty to choose from.
- The berries are ripening in our area, and anyone looking to fill a bucket should do so this week. The bear and other wild animals are interested in the sweet food source, increasing their movement as they move from patch to patch.
It is not uncommon to see wildlife at all times of the day as the heat forces them to seek out shaded areas and water. With the majority of young critters still dependent on their mothers, people should do their best to avoid disturbing the animals they encounter.
- Bowhunters should start examining their gear to see if any components need attention. Cables and strings deteriorate over time and often have to be custom made. Waxing your bowstring regularly will help it last longer and should be done several times a year to protect it.
Metal parts and fasteners can start to rust over time. and I like to give everyone a shot of gun oil well before hunting season so the smell will dissipate.
Arrows and broadheads are essential for hunting, and it will be wise to restock the quiver as soon as possible.
While modern compound bows and crossbows are easy to use compared to traditional equipment, practice makes perfect. The moments leading up to a big game opportunity can be tense, and an archer who has trained consistently for several months has a better chance of landing the perfect shot.
The opening day of the archery season is less than three months away, and now is the perfect time to start preparing.