State forestlands and parks again will participate in a program that offers white-tailed deer hunters expanded hunting opportunities across Pennsylvania, Richard Allan, secretary of the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources said.
The state Game Commission's Deer Management Assistance Program, or DMAP, allows DCNR and private landowners to apply for permits to encourage antlerless harvests on their property, enabling them to more effectively manage deer populations and curtail damage.
Fifteen of the 20 state forest districts and 21 of 120 state parks are participating.
DCNR enrolled 899,171 acres in DMAP for 2012 and sought 14,160 permits. On these tracts, including 91,889 acres of parkland, hunters with a valid tag may harvest additional antlerless whitetails.
This year's state park DMAP hunting areas and the counties they are in include:
Bald Eagle, Centre;
Beltzville and Hickory Run, Carbon;
Blue Knob and Shawnee, Bedford;
Canoe Creek, Blair;
Codorus and Gifford Pinchot, York;
Kings Gap, Cumberland;
Nescopeck and Ricketts Glen, Luzerne;
Oil Creek, Venango;
Presque Isle, Erie;
Prince Gallitzin, Cambria;
Raccoon Creek, Beaver;
Ryerson Station, Greene;