Oct. 20, 2015

HARRISBURG – The House Game and Fisheries Committee, chaired by state Rep. Keith Gillespie (R-York), today passed legislation that would make it easier for hunters to acquire an antlerless deer license in Pennsylvania. House Bill 231, authored by Rep. Gerald Mullery (D-Luzerne), may now be considered by the full House.

“If this bill becomes law, we would simply be bringing the process in line with the manner in which other hunting licenses are purchased,” Gillespie said. “Hunters who have always relied on local government officials for their doe license would still be able to purchase one from them. We would be adding another option and bringing the process into the 21st century.”

Doe licenses presently may only be purchased through a county treasurer’s office. House Bill 231 would allow access to PALS (Pennsylvania Automated Licensing System).

“Use of PALS means hunters can check on the availability of licenses in the Wildlife Management Unit to which they are applying,” added Gillespie. “Instead of hunters waiting on traditional mail and facing the possibility of being shut out, the system would cut down on processing time and allow for immediate purchase of a license.”

Questions about this or any legislative issue should be directed to Gillespie’s district office at (717) 840-4711.

Representative Keith Gillespie
47th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Media Contact: Scott Little