Going, going … almost gone

Posted on: August 7, 2015 | Bob Frye | Comments

Opportunities to shoot an antlerless deer this fall are dwindling.
As of Friday morning, 15 of 23 wildlife management units had sold out of antlerless deer licenses, or doe tags. They are units 1B, 2C, 2D, 2E, 2F, 2G, 2H, 3A, 3B, 3D, 4B, 4C, 4D, 4E and 5A.
Of the eight units with licenses remaining, 3C and 4A will likely be the next to go. Both had fewer than 2,000 tags left.
Of the others, three are in western Pennsylvania. Unit 1A, which takes in Mercer and Lawrence counties and parts of a few others, had about 12,700 remaining. Unit 2A, which takes in all of Greene County, a big chunk of Washington and parts of others, had a little more than 29,000.
Then, of course, there’s unit 2B, which takes in most of Allegheny County and the suburbs around it in a few neighboring counties. It had more than 53,000 to go.
Deer management assistance permits for state land are also going fast.
According to the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources website Friday morning, 21 of 23 DMAP units on state park land had sold all of their permits. Of the two with permits left, both had less than 40. Presque Isle State Park had 38 permits remaining, Tobyhanna State Park 23.
Fifty-one of 57 DMAP areas on state forest land had sold out of permits. The six with tags available are one on Susquehannock State Forest, four on Rothrock State Forest and one on Elk State Forest.
Permits presumably remain for hunting within disease management area 2, where chronic wasting disease has been found in the wild deer herd. But no updated figures were posted by the Pennsylvania Game Commission.

Bob Frye is the everybodyadventures.com editor. Reach him at 412-838-5148 or bfrye@535mediallc.com. See other stories, blogs, videos and more at everybodyadventures.com.

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Bob Frye is a storyteller with a passion for all things outdoors. He hunts, he fishes, he hikes, he camps, he paddles, backpacks and snowshoes depending on the season. If he’s not an expert at anything, it’s because he’s passionate to try a little bit of everything.