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The Pennsylvania Game Commission has made a major change for 2024 in the selling of antlerless hunting licenses. (J.B. Kasper – Reading Eagle)
Reading Eagle: J.B. Kasper
The Pennsylvania Game Commission has made a major change for 2024 in the selling of antlerless hunting licenses. (J.B. Kasper – Reading Eagle)
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The Pennsylvania Game Commission has made a major change in the sales of antlerless deer hunting licenses that it hopes will avoid the boondoggle that happened last year on the first day of sales.

The Game Commission will only sell licenses on the first day, starting at 8 a.m. Monday, June 24, to the management units 1B, 2G and 3A. Licenses for the other 19 units in the state will go on sale at 8 a.m. Thursday, June 27.

Units 2G and 3A are in the north central part of the state and 1B is in the northwest corner of the state.

Last year when licenses for all 22 units went on sale the first day, it caused headaches for hunters because of long waits both online and at license issuing agents.

The Game Commission said that the three units that go on sale Monday drive most of the demand for antlerless licenses on the first day of sales.

The Game Commission said that unit 2G sold out around lunchtime on the third day of license sales a year ago and that 1B and 3A sold out in the last days of the resident portion of the first round.

The Game Commission will make available 37,000 antlerless licenses in 1B and 21,000  in 3A, both the same as in 2023. In 2G, 2,000 more licenses will be available, upping that total to 37,000.

The first round of resident antlerless deer tag sales will end early on July 8.

Starting at 8 a.m. on July 8, nonresident hunters can then buy their first doe permit.

The second round of antlerless deer license sales will begin 8 a.m. Monday, July 22, while the third round will start 8 a.m. Monday, Aug. 12. A fourth round of sales, for any antlerless deer tags that still remain, will begin 8 a.m. Monday, Aug. 26.

In the first three rounds of license sales, a hunter may purchase only one antlerless deer license per round. During the fourth round of sales, hunters can purchase more than one license for any wildlife management unit with tags still available. At no time may a person have more than six antlerless deer licenses in his or her possession.

The management units in Berks County are 5B, 5C and 4C.

The 2024-25 deer season starts Sept. 21 and ends Jan. 25, 2025. ​

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