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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 13-2368


[ 58 PA. CODE CH. 147 ]

Special Permits; Deer Control

[43 Pa.B. 7444]
[Saturday, December 21, 2013]

 To effectively manage the wildlife resources of this Commonwealth, the Game Commission (Commission) proposed at its September 24, 2013, meeting to amend § 147.673 (relating to eligibility and application for DMAP) by advancing the Deer Management Assistance Permit (DMAP) application deadline to May 1.

 The proposed rulemaking will not have an adverse impact on the wildlife resources of this Commonwealth.

 The authority for the proposed rulemaking is 34 Pa.C.S. (relating to Game and Wildlife Code) (code).

 The proposed rulemaking was made public at the September 24, 2013, meeting of the Commission. Comments can be sent until January 24, 2014, to the Director, Information and Education, Game Commission, 2001 Elmerton Avenue, Harrisburg, PA 17110-9797.

1. Purpose and Authority

 Pennsylvania hunters have the opportunity to purchase their new hunting licenses from license issuing agents and the Pennsylvania Automated License System in early June each year. Ideally, every hunter interested in also redeeming a DMAP coupon for a harvest permit would be able to do so at the time of their general hunting license purchase. Unfortunately, due to the current DMAP application deadline and accompanying processing time, most DMAP landowner applications are not available until late June or early July. To accommodate hunting license buyers and permit one-stop purchases for licenses and permits in early June, the Commission is proposing to amend § 147.673 by advancing the DMAP application deadline to May 1. With this deadline date change DMAP applications would be made available to prospective landowner applicants no later than February 15 each year.

 Section 2901(b) of the code (relating to authority to issue permits) provides ''the commission may, as deemed necessary to properly manage the game or wildlife resources, promulgate regulations for the issuance of any permit and promulgate regulations to control the activities which may be performed under authority of any permit issued.'' The amendment to § 147.673 is proposed under this authority.

2. Regulatory Requirements

 The proposed rulemaking will amend § 147.673 by advancing the DMAP application deadline to May 1.

3. Persons Affected

 Persons wishing to submit a DMAP landowner application or redeem a DMAP coupon for a harvest permit may be affected by the proposed rulemaking.

4. Cost and Paperwork Requirements

 The proposed rulemaking should not result in additional cost or paperwork.

5. Effective Date

 The proposed rulemaking will be effective upon final-form publication in the Pennsylvania Bulletin and will remain in effect until changed by the Commission.

6. Contact Person

 For further information regarding the proposed rulemaking, contact Richard R. Palmer, Director, Bureau of Wildlife Protection, 2001 Elmerton Avenue, Harrisburg, PA 17110-9797, (717) 783-6526.

Executive Director

Fiscal Note: 48-357. No fiscal impact; (8) recommends adoption.

Annex A




Subchapter R. DEER CONTROL


§ 147.673. Eligibility and application for DMAP.

 (a) Owners or lessees of private land, hunting clubs or authorized officers or employees of political subdivisions or government agencies shall apply for the DMAP on a form provided by the Commission.

 (1) Applications shall be submitted to a regional office by [June] May 1 immediately preceding the first fall deer season and include the name of the owner, lessee, political subdivision or government agency that is applying for the DMAP and the name and address of the contact person for the DMAP as well as other information required on the application.

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[Pa.B. Doc. No. 13-2368. Filed for public inspection December 20, 2013, 9:00 a.m.]

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