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Old 07-31-2018, 02:04 PM
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Hi everyone. I live in MD 2 miles from the PA line and lost my hunting land this summer. I was just offered a small piece of land to hunt literally a few hundred yards across the border into PA for this upcoming season. Im
looking at the seasons and limits and am a bit confused and was wondering if some PA folk can help me out.

The guide says one antlered deer per license season. Now is that one buck for archery/firearm combined or one buck per bow license and one buck per firearm? Basically if I get a bow buck in late September 2018 am I done with bucks until the 2019 season starts?

Also, the antlerless muzzleloader requires both a muzzleloader license and doe permit? Seems weird since the only muzzleloader season I can find is doe only anyway.

Just want to make sure of the rules. I can literally see MD from this property where you can take multiple
bucks and almost unlimited doe without the need for doe permits and a couple hundred yards away in PA it seems so much more strict and complicated as far as permits and limits. Thanks for any info you could provide!

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Old 07-31-2018, 03:08 PM
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You are allowed on buck per year,regardless of which season it was taken. The early muzzle loader season is for doe only so you will need an antlerless license to participate in it. The late flintlock season allows you to use your buck tag for a buck or doe if you have not killed a buck, if you have killed a buck you will need a doe license to take a doe in that season bt you will need a flintlock gun to hunt that season.
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Old 07-31-2018, 05:08 PM
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Excellent. Thank you for clearing that up. I like the buck rule, I wish MD had that. I dont understand the paying for every doe you want to take though. Is it just another revenue source or is there science behind it? I wish MD would lower our limit to 2 or 3 instead of shooting as many as you want. I definitely see the difference in numbers but paying for each Doe permit seems like just a money grab. Ill of course pay and enjoy my time in the woods, just wondering if other parts of PA have seen lower numbers of deer that they needed to implement this? Where Ill be, just off 83 by the PA/MD border, it is overrun by deer where Id think theyd want to thin it out a lot more.
Just interested in learning why things are. Thanks for the info again!!!
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Old 08-01-2018, 02:10 AM
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In PA the Game Commission is solely funded by the sale of hunting licenses and sale of timber and mineral leases on the property they own. They get zero tax dollars. Your agency in MD is funded by tax dollars, so yes it is for the money as well as the management of the deer herd.
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Old 08-01-2018, 03:31 AM
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In PA the Game Commission is solely funded by the sale of hunting licenses and sale of timber and mineral leases on the property they own. They get zero tax dollars. Your agency in MD is funded by tax dollars, so yes it is for the money as well as the management of the deer herd.
Ah that makes perfect sense. Interesting. Thanks for the information!
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