From staff reports
The Pennsylvania Game Commission is gearing up for a big game hunting season for 2020.
With the recent addition of hunting on Sunday and archery season now expanded well into the whitetail rut, the commission is expecting more success for state hunters.
Licenses for the 2020-21 hunting and furtaking seasons went on sale June 22.
The cost this year for general hunting licenses and furtaker licenses each remains at $20.90 for Pennsylvania residents and $101.90 for nonresidents.
Resident senior hunters and furtakers, ages 65 and older, can purchase one-year licenses for $13.90, or lifetime licenses for $51.90. For $101.90, resident seniors can purchase lifetime combination licenses that afford them hunting and furtaking privileges.
Like other hunters and trappers, seniors still need to purchase bear licenses to pursue bruins and obtain permits to harvest bobcats, fishers or river otters. Hunters who acquired their senior lifetime licenses after May 13, 2017, are required to obtain an annual pheasant permit to hunt or harvest pheasants.
The Sunday dates for this year will be Sunday, Nov. 15 for archery deer hunting; Sunday, Nov. 22 for bear hunting; and Sunday, Nov. 29 for deer hunting during regular firearms season.
As in past, the state will have three elk seasons with one during archery in September, antlered in November and antlerless in January.
Licenses are awarded by lottery. License applications can be submitted online or at any license issuing agent. A separate application, costing $11.90, is needed for each season. Hunters wishing to apply for all three pay $35.70 to apply. In each drawing, season-specific bonus points are awarded to those who aren’t drawn.
The deadline to apply for an elk license is July 31.
The commission says buying early also helps ensure hunters won’t miss their opportunity to apply for an antlerless deer license, which in most of the state cannot be used during the first seven days of the firearms deer season.
Antlerless deer licenses are available for residents starting July 13 and nonresidents can apply on July 20. For those who want a second tag they can apply on August 3 and if some areas still have available anterless tags, they can be applied for the last time on August 17.
Hunting licenses can be purchased online at www.pgc.pa.gov. Just click on “Buy a License.” A map to locate a license issuing agent nearby can be found on the same page.
The 2020-21 license year officially begins on July 1.