The Pennsylvania Game Commission is kicking off a new initiative to support and promote female participation in outdoor recreation be it hunting, trapping or shooting sports. Their effort comes in the form of an all-new PA Wild Women Facebook group.
The group is intended for women who are experienced outdoorswomen or just getting started. “The new PA Wild Women Facebook Group is meant for you,” said Travis Lau, PGC Media Information Officer.
PA Wild Women members will have access to online workshops, receive weekly tips and tactics, receive notifications of in-person events, and more importantly, women can connect with other outdoorswomen.
Lau says that while PA Wild Women Facebook Group is open to all, most of the content provided will be created by women for women.
To join go to http://www.facebook.com/groups/pawildwomen.
SECOND ROUND OF ANTLERLES DEER LICENSES AVAILABLE
The sale for the second round of antlerless deer hunting licenses went on sale July 24, and it has been reported that agency sales went off a lot faster than the first round of antlerless licenses and general hunting licenses. During that first day license buyers had up to a 10 hour wait to buy licenses. And according to the PGC, it wasn’t the fault of the license agencies but the system plus online sales became overwhelmed.
PGC Executive Director Bryan Burhans admitted that no one knew how quickly licenses would sell out. The system saw more than five times the number of general licenses sold on the first day of license sales compared to 2022. Added to the situation, this was the first time antlerless deer licenses were available directly at issuing agent and online.
So far general license sales are up by more than eight percent and antlerless licenses are up by more than 99 percent compared to last year at this time. Since the first day of sales, there have been more than 480,000 antlerless licenses and more than 490,000 general hunting licenses sold.
For those who purchased their licenses online and haven’t as yet received them (a process that normally should take 10 business days), buyers should call the PGC at 717-787-2084.
As of last Friday, antlerless licenses remain in all but one of Pennsylvania’s 22 WMUs. Only WMU 2G in northcentral Pennsylvania is sold out. Three WMUs – 1B, 3A and4C have fewer than 1,000 licenses left and it’s possible those will have sold out by now. Other WMUs according to the PGC, have more than 20,000, 30,000 even 50,000 licenses remaining.
To check on antlerless license availability online, go to Antlerless Deer License Quote Page at HuntFishPA and click on the box titled “Antlerless Deer Quota” near the top of the home page at www.pgc.pa.gov.
Nick Hromiak has been an outdoors and automotive writer for over 30 years. He's been published in numerous national and state-wide outdoor magazines and newspapers.