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Pink Envelope Change — Digital Antlerless Deer License Applications

A proposed change in Harrisburg is advocating for substituting the current system of paper applications being mailed to county treasurers for antlerless deer licenses in Pennsylvania, for a digital one.

Tradition versus technology. The proposed change comes entirely too fast for some, and sluggish at best for others.

While it’s too soon for when hunting licenses go on sale in the middle of June this year, next year could look different with no pink envelopes in hunter’s mailboxes.

Sen. Dan Laughlin of Erie and chair of the Senate Game and Fisheries Committee, has proposed Senate Bill 431.

If passed, the bill will allow the ability to sell antlerless deer licenses at authorized issuing agents like Kinsey’s Outdoors.

Seems like a simple sign of the times, right?

Mobile banking and job applications from your smartphone are normal occurrences in 2021.

Every day citizens of the state are brought into technological advances regardless of whether they are ready for them or not.

If you ask around, you could probably find an equal number of hunters you know are for, and against it.

Some appreciate the convenience, while others young and old like the tradition of sitting down to fill out the application and wait for the pink envelope to return in the mail.

The proposed bill would rather see hunters make their way to their local license issuing agent to make those purchases, as they can do now with their regular hunting license.

The argument is for convenience to the hunter and extra foot traffic for the store.

Issuing agents like Kinsey’s Outdoors offer in-store coupons for license purchases and enjoy the chance to have a conversation with local hunters about the upcoming season. An opportunity to answer any questions and help hunters get what they need for success in the field.

Other states have online purchasing systems for their antlerless tags, why not Pennsylvania?

As one of the largest populations of hunters, it’s been argued by the PA County Treasurer Association citing competition as the largest drawback for the proposed change.

With as fast as some units sell out, it could create less opportunity for some hunters.

Some in the association feel that issuing agents and the system itself, won’t be able to handle the demand without crashing the system.

The association also argues that in-person staff can answer record-keeping questions and resolve problems created in the computer database.

At this point, county treasurer offices receive one dollar for every application they process. Funds they cite are not put on the Pennsylvania taxpayer.

What does this mean for you?

More than likely nothing for this year as the proposed change is too close to the start of selling licenses on June 14th.

Hunters are urged to contact their state representative and let them know whether they favor the change for not.

The coming years could certainly adjust to technology’s ability to provide a better version of a service. When discussing the best way to do things, it’s subjective to say, especially in a state where hunting traditions are as deep as they are in Pennsylvania.

For more information on antlerless deer licenses and applications – visit the Pennsylvania Game Commissions website here.

To shop our full line of hunting, archery, and outdoor gear and accessories – visit us online at shop.kinseysoutdoors.com/, or in person at 1658 Steel Way Drive, Mount Joy, PA 17552.

PA Rifle Season Hunting

Tradition, there’s plenty of it this time of year. The time of year when you look at the calendar a few more times than you normally would. A time of year when you spend those vacation days as carefully as you do your hard-earned dollars. Making that time off last and giving yourself as much valuable time in the woods as you can.

 

Whether you’re heading up to camp or a stand close to home – this is an exciting time of year. A year’s worth of preparation from spring scouting, through the summer heat, and now opening morning is finally here. Dust off your blaze orange vest and that lucky hat because we’re ready for the deer rifle season in Pennsylvania.

 

Preparation almost seems like most of the fun the more seasons we take part in. Make no mistake it can be tough with work and school schedules. Carving out precious time to head to the range and make sure your trusted rifle is dialed in and ready when you need it. Putting in the work and knowing our gear is ready for the woods is what makes Pennsylvania hunters the envy of so many other states. We have a long history of serious hunters from Daniel Boone all the way down to our own families.

 

Understanding the value of the best gear you can afford for yourself is something we understand, because, like you, we know what helps you succeed from the high country up north, to the farm fields in the south. We’ve spent those mornings in the stand learning expensive lessons from cheap gear sold at the big box stores. If you’ve been thinking about replacing a piece of gear that’s seen better seasons or feel like an upgrade would help make your trip more enjoyable this year, stop out to the store. With a wide array of brands to fit what you’re looking for in quality and price, we can help you find what you need because we use it too.

 

When the temperature drops and you need to be in the stand all day, take a look at the full line of Field Sheer heated jackets and socks. Powered by Mobile Warming technology, it’s the edge you may be looking for at a price that’s far less than what you’ll be willing to pay on a cold cold day in the stand.

 

Also, don’t forget about our extensive line of blaze orange clothing. Blaze orange can fade over time and actually become illegal making you susceptible to a game warden’s ticket book. If you can’t remember that last time you updated your orange, you may want to stop out to look at updating now, so you don’t have any problems later.

 

Rifle scopes, binoculars, and range finders are also all great items to take stock of this time of year. With Antler restrictions for most hunters throughout the state, it’s always good to know if that buck coming towards you from a hundred yards out is legal and worthy of a heavy heartbeat. Knowing your distance and knowing you have a clear shot also gives you the confidence you need when you set out for this season.

 

Finally, don’t forget about our huge footwear section. From hunting to casual, if you need some help keeping dry and warm with new boots and socks, we carry some of the best brands at some of the best prices.

 

So, for what you need for this rifle season, from the backcountry to your backyard, stop in and take a look at the great products we have in stock. From all of us at Kinsey’s Outdoors be excited, be safe, best of luck, and let us know how you do out there.

Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD)

Deer hunting in Pennsylvania is calling on you to help save it. It’s calling on you to save it for future generations like hunters did at the turn of the 20th century when herd numbers were decimated by overhunting for sale on the open market.

With the recent expansion of Chronic Wasting Disease Management Area #4 in Lancaster County, from 397 square miles to 746, many hunters are seeing an uncertain future literally at their doorstep.

Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) is a disease that has been found in the neurological systems of deer species. The species at risk in Pennsylvania are our whitetail deer and elk populations. It causes deer infected with the disease to lose motor function and not eat so they literally waste away until they ultimately succumb to the disease.

This neurological disease afflicting whitetail deer (the state mammal and arguably most hunted species) is always fatal to the deer. Now more than before legal, physical, and cultural demands are being placed on Pennsylvania’s hunters.

It’s similar to Mad Cow disease, so the discussion seems to circle back to can humans consume these deer and become sick themselves? Currently, the answer is no. There are no documented cases of animal to human transition.

Experts strongly recommend that no human consume deer that has positively identified as having CWD. This is the start, and strangely the end of the discussion, because if the disease spreads and we can’t eat CWD positive deer, why bother hunting them? That sentiment is what has generations of a strong deer hunting culture in this state up at night.

No hunter wants to endanger the lives of family and friends, and no hunter wants to lose the deer hunting way of life as well. So rather than giving up on the patient, hunters in these areas of the state are being called on to help turn back and defeat the disease.

Looking into this subject can overload almost anyone with information. The biggest thing to remember is if you kill a deer in one of the DMA zones, do not, under any circumstance remove the deer’s high-risk carcass parts from that area. This is mainly the brain, eyes, spinal column along with the spleen and lymph nodes.

Not moving these parts to areas of the state that are unaffected is one of the biggest ways to turn this around. Every DMA will have meat processors and taxidermists available to take care of your deer, and the game commission will have dumpsters located for you to leave the head for testing free of charge. This way you can be sure of whether or not your deer actually even has CWD.

You can keep your antlers, you can keep your meat, and you can keep hunting all while helping to fight to keep this tradition alive by using some tactical protocol. It’s worth taking a few minutes to prepare for this year’s upcoming deer season and find out if you hunt in one of these areas across the state.

https://www.pgc.pa.gov/Wildlife/Wildlife-RelatedDiseases/Pages/ChronicWastngDisease.aspx is a great resource that answers a lot of questions most hunters have.

Thanks to the hunters who answered the call when deer herds were decimated, we’ve had over a century’s worth of opportunity for memories at camp, early mornings with friends and family to build and strengthen bonds through hunting whitetails.

Hopefully, as this generation of hunters answers the call to fight back CWD, we’ll have another century to enjoy.