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Common Violations

The most common violations of
the Game & Wildlife Code during
recent concurrent antlered/antlerless were:
* Unlawful taking, possession and
transportation of wildlife.
* Failure to properly tag big game.
Deer must be tagged immediately
after harvest and before the carcass
is moved. Tag must be attached to
the ear and remain attached until
the animal is processed for consumption or prepared for mounting
(Use a safety pin to attach tag to
ear of deer you're planning to
get mounted).
* Loaded firearms in vehicles not in
motion.
* Hunt or take wildlife through the
use of bait or enticement.
Other common violations included using a vehicle to locate game,
commonly known as road-hunting,
and not wearing or displaying the
required amount of fluorescent
orange.

Antlerless deer licenses are required to hunt for antlerless deer during any deer season, except by
flintlock hunters during the post-Christmas flintlock season, and only then if the hunter has not
used his or her antlered deer tag. An unused "buck" tag is valid for an antlerless deer anywhere
in the state only during the flintlock deer season.
As a modest token to commemorate your first deer, bear, turkey or elk, the Game Commission
has specially prepared a certificate suitable for framing that may be downloaded from the agency's
website and then printed on your printer at home. Visit www.pgc.state.pa.us and click on "First
Big Game Harvest" certificate under "Hunting" and then fill in the appropriate information.

STATE PARKS & STATE FORESTS

Firearms and archery equipment may be uncased only in designated hunting areas during the seasons
state recreation areas are open to hunting. In park areas not open to hunting, or during closed hunting
seasons, firearms and archery equipment must be kept in the owner's car, trailer or camp. Hunting,
trapping, pursuing or intentionally disturbing wildlife in state parks is prohibited, except that hunting
and trapping by licensed hunters and furtakers is permitted in designated areas in compliance with
Game Commission regulations. Trapping may be permitted in areas not designated for hunting, but
only upon written approval, which is granted only when effective wildlife administration of the area
requires trapping. Dog training is permitted from the day following Labor Day through March 31 in
designated hunting areas. Groundhog hunting is prohibited in state parks.
The Bureau of Forestry welcomes hunters and trappers to more than two million acres of state forests.
Only small areas around occupied buildings are posted. Overnight camping is permitted only in areas
designated by the district forester. Required permits are available from local forestry offices.
For more information about hunting on state parks, contact the Bureau of State Parks, 1-888-PAPARKS, visit www.dcnr.state.pa.us, or write State Parks, 8th Floor, P.O. Box 8551, Harrisburg, PA
17105-8551, or call your nearest state park. For more information or maps concerning hunting and
recreational activities on state forests, contact the Bureau of Forestry, 6th Floor, P.O. Box 8552, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8552. Phone: 717-783-7941, or your nearest forestry office.

TAGGING YOUR DEER
This photo shows the proper
way to tag a deer. Hunters
BAR CODE
(including Mentored Youth
Hunters who harvest an
antlered deer) must detach
the deer harvest tag (do not
attach the actual hunting
license and be sure to use
the correct tag; the harvest
tags have animal icons) from
their license, fill it out (use a
ballpoint pen) and attach it to the ear of the animal
as shown. There are two holes in the center of the
tag that can be punched to insert a string, twist tie or
safety pin to attach it to the animal. Big game must
be tagged immediately after harvested and before
the carcass is moved. The tag must remain attached
until the animal is processed for consumption or
prepared for mounting. Note that the bar code on
the right edge of the tag should be unobstructed, so
PGC personnel can scan.
A helpful guide to field-dress a deer is a pamphlet (Field Dressing Deer
Pocket Guide) available from the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences at: Publications Distribution Center, Penn State University, 112
Agricultural Administration Bld., University Park, PA 16802-2602.
814-865-6713. To get a copy from the website (www.cas.psu.edu), type
in "Field Dressing Deer Pocket Guide" in the search box.

2014-15 PA Hunting & Trapping Digest

HOW TO HANDLE MISTAKE KILL
Any person who by accident or mistake kills any
deer (an antlerless deer in mistake for a buck (antlered
deer), or a buck in mistake for an antlerless deer, or a
buck that does not meet required antler restrictions)
shall immediately, but no later than 24 hours after
the kill, deliver and surrender the entire carcass,
less entrails, to any Game Commission officer in the
county in which killed and make a written, sworn
statement explaining when, where and how the accident or mistake occurred. Each licensed person who
kills any deer shall immediately, and before moving
the carcass, fully complete the proper tag in compliance with printed instructions and attach only the
tag to the deer's ear. The deer will be turned in to the
officer, restitution of $25 for each mistake deer shall
be paid, and the hunter will be issued another tag to
pursue another deer.
Failure to report and deliver a deer killed by accident or mistake is punishable with a fine up to $800
and license revocation.
For information on where to deliver a deer killed
by accident or mistake, or with information about
anyone who has failed to report a deer killed by accident or mistake, contact the Game Commission
region office servicing the area (See the address page
at the beginning of this Digest).

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