Game Commission Supports Modernizing Doe License Distribution

The Pennsylvania Game Commission supports state Rep. Gerald Mullery’s bill that would transfer the responsibility of distributing antlerless deer hunting licenses from county treasurers to the commission.

“We are in favor of the bill,” said Game Commission Executive Director R. Matthew Hough. “We think it is high time to move into the 21st century with issuing antlerless deer licenses.”

Hough made those remarks about Mullery’s H. B. 231 to the House Game and Fisheries Committee during an informational hearing Tuesday in Harrisburg. Mullery is the Democratic vice chairman of the committee.

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. They can mail the form and check to any treasurer’s office in the state; however, most hunters send it to their home county. Mullery introduced the bill after

many Luzerne County hunters were shut out of an antlerless deer license in 2014 because the treasurer’s office, citing staff cuts, failed to process applications on time.

Hough said the new system could be in place for the 2016-17 hunting season.