Game Commission Reminds Hunters to Report Deer Harvests December 10, 2012 Pennsylvania

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Game Commission Reminds Hunters to Report Deer HarvestsDecember 10, 2012 Pennsylvania, PGC News
      With the two-week statewide general deer season closed, Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director Carl G. Roe is encouraging hunters to take the time to report harvested deer through the online reporting system, through the new toll-free Interactive Voice Response (IVR) telephone reporting system or by using the postage-paid report cards included in the 2012-13 Digest provided free to each license buyer.
     “Unfortunately, based on more than 20,000 deer checked by Game Commission deer aging teams last year, less than 40 percent of hunters who harvested deer took the time to report that harvest.”  Roe noted that one of the recommendations to improve the agency’s deer management program from the 2010 Legislative Budget and Finance Committee’s audit of the deer management program was to increase harvest reporting rates. As a result, the Game Commission now offers three convenient methods for hunters to report harvests and, based on recent surveys, Pennsylvania’s hunters consider the postage-paid report cards, online and phone reporting systems to be easy and convenient.
     To report a deer harvest online, go to the Game Commission’s website (, click on “Report Your Harvest” above the “Quick Clicks” box in the right-hand column, click on “You can link to PALS by clicking here,” check “Harvest Reporting,” scroll down and click on the “Start Here” button at the bottom of the page, choose the method of validating license information, and click on the checkbox for the harvest tag being reported... The toll-free Interactive Voice Response (IVR) telephone harvest reporting system can be accessed by dialing 1-855-PAHUNT1 (1-855-724-8681). Hunters should have their Customer Identification Number (hunting license number) and field harvest tag information with them when they call, and should speak clearly and distinctly when reporting harvests, especially when providing the Wildlife Management Unit number and letter.

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