Senate committee OKs added Sunday hunting days

Santo Cerminaro, right, follows his son, Dominick Cerminaro, left, and grandson, Santo Cerminaro, 11, into the woods to go deer hunting on the first day of regular firearms deer hunting season on Nov. 26, 2018, in Zelienople.

Just in time for squirrel season, Pennsylvania hunters now may carry digital versions of their licenses in place of paper licenses.

Unlike Pennsylvania’s former hunting and furtaker licensing system, the new system, HuntFishPA, is equipped to issue digital licenses.

The Pennsylvania Game Commission earlier this year authorized hunters and trappers to carry digital licenses and permits, though paper harvest tags still must be carried and used in any season where harvests must be tagged.

Hunters and trappers who already have purchased their 2021-22 licenses can download PDF copies of their licenses and permits by logging in to their profile on HuntFishPA (https://huntfish.pa.gov) and accessing their purchase history.

Those who buy licenses now and in the future will be emailed PDF versions of their licenses if they provide email addresses in their profiles. This applies whether they buy licenses online or from an issuing agent. All documents will be emailed, except for harvest tags.

Deer, bear and turkey hunters, and those hunting or trapping in any other season where harvests must be tagged, must continue to carry paper harvest tags afield. No electronic harvest tags are being issued or authorized for use. And all paper licenses and permits that are carried afield must be signed.

Those who plan on hunting big game or bobcats, or trapping fishers or otters must plan ahead of time to be sure that they are in possession of their harvest tags prior to hunting or trapping those species.

All harvest tags will be mailed to those who purchase their licenses online.

But for many hunting and trapping opportunities, a digital license is all that’s required.

“The ability to issue digital licenses is just one advantage offered by the new HuntFishPA system,” said Deana Vance, director of the Game Commission’s Bureau of Automated Technology Services. “Downloading your digital licenses and permits to your mobile device guarantees you’ll never leave them at home. It’s a convenient option that’s available to hunters in the seasons that are about to begin.”

dwachter@ncnewsonline.com

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