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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 21-375



[ 58 PA. CODE CH. 147 ]

Special Permits; Deer Control

[51 Pa.B. 1345]
[Saturday, March 13, 2021]

 To effectively manage the wildlife resources of this Commonwealth, the Game Commission (Commission) proposed at its January 23, 2021, meeting to amend § 147.673 (relating to eligibility and application for DMAP) to make July 1st the deadline for DMAP applications.

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

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

 This proposed rulemaking was made public at the January 23, 2021, meeting of the Commission. Comments can be sent until April 7, 2021, to the Director, Information and Education, Game Commission, 2001 Elmerton Avenue, Harrisburg, PA 17110-9797.

1. Purpose and Authority

 Section 147.673 currently provides an application deadline of May 1st. Reviews by external users and Commission staff identified a deadline of May 1st as too early. For many users of DMAP, the May 1st deadline does not allow adequate time to collect post-winter data, analyze the data and incorporate those results into DMAP applications. In addition, a later deadline will allow more time for landowners to prepare and submit applications. The Commission is proposing to amend § 147.673 to make July 1st the deadline for DMAP applications.

 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 amendments to § 147.673 are proposed under this authority.

2. Regulatory Requirements

 This proposed rulemaking will amend § 147.673 to make July 1st the deadline for DMAP applications.

3. Persons Affected

 Persons wishing to make application to the DMAP program will be affected by this proposed rulemaking.

4. Cost and Paperwork Requirements

 This proposed rulemaking should not result in any additional cost or paperwork.

5. Effective Date

 This 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 this proposed rulemaking, contact Jason L. DeCoskey, Director, Bureau of Wildlife Protection, 2001 Elmerton Avenue, Harrisburg, PA 17110-9797, (717) 783-6526.

Executive Director

Fiscal Note: 48-466. 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 are eligible to make application for a DMAP.

 (1) Applications shall be submitted on a form provided by the Commission to a regional office by [May] July 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. 21-375. Filed for public inspection March 12, 2021, 9:00 a.m.]

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