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Doe licenses still available

August 8, 2018

Local hunters still have time to purchase an antlerless deer license as sales for the upcoming hunting season are slow.

As of 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, 8,577 licenses were still available in Wildlife Management Unit 2C, which includes Somerset County. Earlier this year the Pennsylvania Game Commission approved 44,000 doe licenses for the unit, an increase of 13,000. In Unit 2C hunters killed 9,800 bucks and 7,972 antlerless deer in the previous season.

Somerset County Treasurer Donna Matsko Schmitt said hunters could begin applying Monday for a second doe tag.

“We normally have sold out around the second week of sales,” she said. “Usually the first week is Pa. residents. The second week is Pa. and non-residents . . . and normally we are done.”

And Somerset County is not alone. Statewide, only five wildlife management units are sold out: 2F near the New York state line; 2H, which includes Elk, Cameron and McKean counties; 4B, which includes Juniata and Perry counties; 4C, which includes Schuylkill and Carbon counties; and 4D, which includes Blair, Centre, Mifflin and Union counties.

“It’s like this all over the state,” Matsko Schmitt said. “It is just different this year. They are coming in very slowly or not at all.”

Unit 2B, which includes Allegheny County, has the most remaining licenses left with 55,262.

“It is really dragging out this year,” she said.

To apply for an unsold license, hunters must complete an antlerless application form and mail it in an official pink envelope available at any issuing agent.

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