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How To Check The Status of Your Pennsylvania Antlerless Deer Tag Application on HuntFishPA

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How To Check PA Doe Tag Availability and The Status of Your Pennsylvania Antlerless Deer Tag Application on HuntFishPA

If you’re anything like me, patience is a hard thing to come by especially when it pertains to hunting. This rings true every July after Pennsylvania hunting licenses officially go on sale and the lead-up to submitting your antlerless deer tag application.

 

Every PA hunter is bound to have their own strategy in order to get that pink Pennsylvania Game Commission antlerless deer tag application envelop to their local county treasurer’s desk first thing Monday morning.

 

My rule of thumb is always trying to send out my antlerless deer application the Friday or Saturday before the Monday that the Antlerless Deer applications go on sale. Whether this level of planning and preparation is warranted or not, I still live by the adage that the early bird gets the worm. Or, in this case, their preferred WMU antlerless deer tag. It has worked for me up to this point so why fix something that isn’t broken?

 

Once I’ve submitted my antlerless deer application, the anticipation of whether or not I got my preferred WMU begins to build. Again, patience is hard to come by as I anxiously await to receive my self-addressed return envelop with my antlerless deer tag.

 

In years past, I’ve waited and watched for my check to clear only to wonder what WMU I was awarded out of the 3 WMUs I listed on my application.

 

However, in more recent years, I’ve learned how you can check the status of your Pennsylvania antlerless deer application. This works whether you’re a PA resident hunter or non-resident hunter.

 

Checking the status of your antlerless deer tag allows you to not only see if you’ve been awarded an antlerless deer tag, but also which WMU you’ve been awarded a Pennsylvania antlerless deer tag.

 

In checking the status of your antlerless deer application online, you can help ease your mind in between submitting your PA Antlerless Deer Application and finally receiving your antlerless deer tag in the mail.

 

Below we’ve outlined how you can check the status of your Pennsylvania Game Commission antlerless deer application status on HuntFishPA.

 

We’ve also listed how to check the antlerless deer tag availability which includes total allocation, tags sold, and antlerless tags remaining by WMU.

Step 1: Go to the HuntFish.pa.gov website.

Step 2: Click on ‘Log In to My Account’

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Step 3: Log In to your account via one of the various methods i.e. SSN, Customer Number, Driver’s License/ID Number, Visa/Passport, or Username/Password

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Step 4: Verify the information you provided and click ‘next’ to continue

Step 5: Check whether you are a PA Resident or Non-Resident hunter.

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Step 6: Verify your information and click next to continue.

 

Step 7: Scroll down on your HuntFishPA home screen until you see the various navigation options i.e. Licenses, Boat Registration Renewals and Launch Permits, Applications and Points, and Harvest Reporting.

Step 8: Within the License Info Box – Click the ‘Purchase History Button’

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Here you’ll see the status of your antlerless deer application.

If you’ve been awarded an antlerless deer tag, you’ll also be able to see which WMU you’ve been awarded one.

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How To Check PA Doe Tag Availability

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BONUS: You can also check the total PA Antlerless Deer Tag License availability by WMU, as well as the remaining PA Antlerless Deer Tag availability by WMU on the new HuntFishPA website. Check the PA Doe Tag Availability here.

 

This is both useful if you got a late start in submitting your 1st round antlerless deer tag application, or if you’re curious how many antlerless deer tags remain for a particular WMU for the 2nd round of resident and non-resident antlerless deer tag applications.

 

UPDATE for 2021:

According to PGC.pa.gov’s website, THREE-LICENSE LIMIT FOR ANTLERLESS DEER HUNTERS HAS BEEN LIFTEDHunters statewide now have the opportunity to apply for and receive additional antlerless deer licenses, as long as those licenses remain available, and provided that a hunter holds no more than six unfilled antlerless licenses at a time.”

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.

Pennsylvania Launches HuntFishPA

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HuntFishPA: A New Mobile-Friendly Outdoor Licensing Website

The PA Game Commission and the PA Fish and Boat Commission worked together to launch HuntFishPA, a new singular website for hunters, anglers, and boaters in the Keystone State. 

The new site, HuntFishPA, replaces the old Pennsylvania Automatic Licensing System (PALS) website, also known as The Outdoor Shop. 

HuntFishPA serves as a one-stop-shop to purchase licenses, launch permits, check the status of your antlerless deer tag, elk preference points, report harvests, and purchase other items from the organizations such as patches, t-shirts, posters, magazine subscriptions, and much more.

As the world continues to use more mobile devices and the technology becomes faster and smaller – the outdoor community in Pennsylvania felt it was time to update their licensing website accordingly. 

You can now create an account to log in to a personalized page, or checkout as a guest to make your purchases without a customizable account. 

The HuntFishPA site features a more transparent and easier to use system that should help to clear any confusion about what permits are needed and how to get them without having to navigate multiple sites. 

The system has a feature that remembers prior purchases so you can re-order, or even set your account up for an autorenewal. That way if you decide to head out at the last minute you’ll be covered if your local retailer is closed. 

If you still like to go to the store to buy your annual license, like I do, that’s also an option as the new system is used at 750 locations throughout the state

More importantly, if you enjoy buying your license at Kinsey’s Outdoors and taking advantage of the in-store coupons offered – you won’t miss a thing. 

It’s also worth mentioning that a new, more rugged green license will replace those familiar yellow licenses of years past. 

For more information on all of the updates and improvements to the new HuntFishPA website – check out the full details here.

To shop our full line of hunting, fishing, 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.

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Pheasant Hunting

Putting your boots on in a parking area with the sun just rising over a field, you can see opportunity with every patch of open grass and hedgerow. This is how so many of these hunts begin. When you load some shells in your orange vest, sometimes tattered with generations of thorns, grab your shotgun and start walking toward the tall grass it’s almost impossible not to get a sense of the tradition. Not much has changed, this is how previous generations would have looked, what they would have used, how they would have hunted.

The tactics are simple. There are no calls, no decoys, no waiting for hours on end. Look for where the birds may be hiding in the thick cover and move to flush them into the air for a chance to take one of the most popular game birds in Pennsylvania, the ring-necked pheasant.

If you know of anyone looking to get into hunting, or if you’re looking for an accessible hunting experience, this is one of the best hunts for anyone of any skill level. First off, it’s as social or as solo as you would want to make it. Mostly, it’s a group hunt with around 4 hunters per group. Staying together hunting in a horizontal line as a tactic and a means of safety when working your way through a field of bird cover.

It’s a great chance for casual conversation with your group as you stroll along on the lookout for the larger upland game bird. When flushing birds, be ready for the instant chaos that is a skyrocketing pheasant out of the grass or hedgerow before it begins flying off in the opposite direction. Be sure to know your shotgun so you can calmly take the gun’s safety off, shoulder the gun, and aim for the shot. You’ll have time to make the shot if you know your gun and know your abilities. Don’t ever take a shot at a bird low to the ground or if you’re not confident about if you can cleanly hit it.

One of the unique features of pheasant hunting is the use of bird dogs to find, flush, and retrieve birds. Those hunters who make the commitment of bringing a bird dog into their lives know the around the clock responsibility that it is. If you are able to hunt with someone who has a bird dog, by all means don’t waste the chance. More importantly, be respectful of the owner and how they hunt with their dog. Dogs, and their owners for that matter, all have different personalities and it’s worth asking a few questions before you get in the field about how they would like to hunt. Again, safety should be the first thought on everyone’s minds for humans, and dogs.

Pennsylvania does require the purchase of a pheasant hunting stamp ($26.90) in addition to a state hunting license. Most of the birds found on hunting lands in the state have been hatched, raised, and released by the game commission. The price of the stamp is to help offset the costs of operations putting the birds out for hunters.

If you’re asking why we don’t have wild pheasants, the game commission has been working on that. Several areas of the state have been zoned off to no hunting. This is an attempt the get released populations of wild pheasants trapped and brought here from the western United States to take hold on their own.

With seasons in October through February here in Pennsylvania, it’s worth working through the brush to break up your hunting season looking for these birds. Don’t miss the chance at making some great memories hunting one of the tastiest game birds around.

Dove Hunting

It’s always impossible to know exactly how a first hunt is going to play out, but my first dove hunt experience was far from how we had anticipated things going when we started that morning.

 

My friend from work and I found ourselves deep on state game lands in a secluded field, and having one of the best wing shooting days of our lives. Neither of us had ever hunted doves before and wanted to give it a shot.

 

The day that started sunny and perfect turned when the edge of a tropical storm moved in. Flocks of doves kept coming past so we stayed despite the downpour and we ended up having the time of our lives.

 

We ended our hunt in the middle of a downpour and soaked standing just inside a tree line. It also didn’t help that I was two hours late from meeting up with my wife and I was running out of shells. Don’t worry, this isn’t usually how dove hunting goes; but it can be that fun if you’ll hunt through a rainstorm.

 

The decision to hunt mourning doves for most in our area is an easy one. If you grew up hunting them with friends and family you know how enjoyable the challenge is. An easy walk in warm weather to sit for a few hours and pass shoots at a large resource of birds that make a great meal.

 

This hunt checks a lot of boxes for hunters that haven’t had the chance to chase much game over the summer months. If you have never hunted doves before here, you can usually be easily persuaded into giving it a try for those reasons.

 

You don’t need a lot of gear to get started. More than likely, you already have everything you need to hunt doves. A shotgun with a choke tube that’s a modified or improved-cylinder, warm weather camo clothes, boots, and a bucket or small travel chair to sit on gets you in the field. A quick stop into Kinsey’s Outdoors to grab a box (or a few) of 7.5-8 shotgun shells and you’re on your way.

 

The Pennsylvania Game Commission actually creates and manages some areas specifically for doves. These areas can be found on their interactive map. In our area, almost any state game lands with some open grain fields is a great place to start.

 

By this point, these crops may have been cut which is even better as the doves can mill around the grain on the ground. If you can hunt by a body of water that helps your chances as doves usually tend to start and end their day at the water.

 

Dove hunting is one of those activities that local farmers tend to have no problem with throughout the year. If you know of such a farmer or see a field that looks like it could be good, don’t be afraid to knock on a door or two and ask to hunt one or two evenings. You have nothing to lose and only a hunting spot to gain.

 

As you find you enjoy this early season hunt, stepping up your involvement doesn’t cost a lot of time or money. When I started, I got 10 decoys for around $20 from Kinsey’s Outdoors which can always help to sell a set up to a flock passing by.

 

You’ll need a migratory game bird license ($3.90) if you don’t already have one. You can pick it up at the counter when you pay for your items.

 

Dove hunting can be one of the most enjoyable hunts of the year. Try not to get too frustrated if you end up missing shots. Try leading a little more than you may think you need to, and bring a few more shells than you may be willing to confess to.

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How To Check The Status of Your Pennsylvania Antlerless Deer Tag Application

Update: July 2021

The Pennsylvania Game Commission has since updated its website to HuntFishPA.gov.

To learn the current way to check on the status of your PA Antlerless Deer Tag Application – visit the updated blog post here!

How To Check The Status of Your Pennsylvania Antlerless Deer Tag Application

If you’re anything like me, patience is a hard thing to come by especially when it pertains to hunting. This rings true every July after Pennsylvania hunting licenses officially go on sale and the lead up to submitting your antlerless deer tag application.

 

Every PA hunter is bound to have their own strategy in order to get that pink Pennsylvania Game Commission antlerless deer tag application envelop to their local county treasurer’s desk first thing Monday morning.

 

My rule of thumb is always trying to send out my antlerless deer application the Friday or Saturday before the Monday that the Antlerless Deer applications go on sale. Whether this level of planning and preparation is warranted or not, I still live by the adage that the early bird gets the worm. Or, in this case, their preferred WMU antlerless deer tag. It has worked for me up to this point so why fix something that isn’t broken?

 

Once I’ve submitted my antlerless deer application, the anticipation of whether or not I got my preferred WMU begins to build. Again, patience is hard to come by as I anxiously await to receive my self-addressed return envelop with my antlerless deer tag.

 

In years past, I’ve waited and watched for my check to clear only to wonder what WMU I was awarded out of the 3 WMUs I listed on my application.

 

However, in more recent years, I’ve learned how you can check the status of your Pennsylvania antlerless deer application. This works whether you’re a PA resident hunter or non-resident hunter.

 

Checking the status of your antlerless deer tag allows you to not only see if you’ve been awarded an antlerless tag, but also which WMU if you’ve been awarded a Pennsylvania antlerless deer tag.

 

In checking the status of your antlerless deer application online, you can help ease your mind in between submitting your PA Antlerless Deer Application and finally receiving your antlerless deer tag in the mail.

 

Below we’ve outlined how you can check the status of your Pennsylvania Game Commission antlerless deer application status online. We’ve also listed how to check the antlerless deer tag availability which includes total allocation, tags sold, and antlerless tags remaining by WMU.

 

 

Step 1: Go to the Pennsylvania Game Commission Website

 

Step 2: Click on Buy a License

 

Step 3: Click on Purchased Online link which will take you to The Outdoor Shop. For future reference, you can always bookmark this page and start directly from The Outdoor Shop.

 

Step 4: Click the top radio button labeled Purchase Fishing and/or Hunting License Permit and or Application / Replace License and or Permit. Click OK on the pop-up screen, scroll down the page, and click the Start Here Button to continue.

 

Step 5: Choose and enter your preferred method of identification, CID # (Hunting License ID Number), Drivers License Number, Social Security Number, or Alternate ID, and click continue.

 

Step 6: Verify if you’re a bona fide resident of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania or a non-resident hunter.

 

Step 7: Scroll down below your information and choose the option for Check on the status of an Antlerless Deer or Elk Application and click continue.

 

Step 8: On the Lottery Application Status Page you’ll see both your Elk Lottery Information (Preference Points and Pending Elk Lottery Information) as well as that season’s Antlerless Deer Application status.

 

Here you’ll see the status of your antlerless deer application. If you’ve been awarded an antlerless deer tag, you’ll also be able to see which WMU you’ve been awarded one.

 

BONUS: If you click return to home on the Lottery Application Status Page, or navigate back to The Outdoor Store main page – you can also check the antlerless deer license availability.

 

This is both useful if you got a late start in submitting your 1st round antlerless deer tag, or if you’re curious how many antlerless deer tags remain for a particular WMU for the 2nd round of resident and non-resident antlerless deer tag applications.

 

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.

Forester Lumbar 650 Pack

Professionals know when to use the right tool for the job at the right time. No one walks onto a job site with just a hammer. No mechanic opens the hood with just one size wrench. They know that every situation is different. Those situations can also change 10 times before lunch, and that’s why they go to work armed with a variety of tools so they can succeed in every situation.

The same thing is true for those who live a life outdoors. As outdoorsmen and women, we spend the vast majority of our time either hunting, fishing, or scouting.  Seasons and species that you’re chasing change and you need your equipment to change and adapt accordingly.

That’s why now, during the warmer months of the year, one of your go-to tools should be the Forester Lumbar 650 Pack from Elevation.

If you’ve ever found yourself hanging trail cams, chasing a gobbling tom, or getting to the deer stand in the early season wishing for a lightweight mobile pack – this pack is it. It allows for easy packing of your essentials along with a variety of extras that you’ll need in the field or on the go. The pack is also perfect for those warmer weather pursuits without weighing you down so you can go farther, and more comfortably into the woods.

The pack features heavy-duty and highly adjustable shoulder straps that sit comfortably on your shoulders while a waist belt with breathable foam insulation sits comfortably on your hips. The open back area allows for more airflow and breathability than your traditional pack would. This is a huge benefit while you’re on your hike or while you’re scouting and checking trail cams in the warm offseason.

The pack is armed with an astounding 650 cubic inches of storage with three main pockets on the back. Each pocket contains separate netting inside affording extra organization and storage options. There are three extra pockets on the back for quick stashing items like a water bottle, game calls, or batteries.

Two clinchable straps are also strategically placed on the bottom of the pack for storage of a jacket, decoys, bedroll, or a hunting stool. This all seasons pack is perfect for dove season right into early archery.

There are an additional six extra storage pockets on the waist belt, as well. These storage pockets are smaller and perfect for an extra can of bug spray, snacks, wallet, keys, or game calls. All of the pack’s zippers can be easily opened with their rugged and extra-wide openings so you won’t have to fumble in the dark or if you’re in a hurry.

The straps are adjustable and easily maneuvered either stationary or on the go. This makes it perfect for getting to where you need to go after just hearing that gobbler, checking your trail cameras, or if you need to adjust after putting on a jacket.

This pack is not only durable but it’s also quiet. It also stores easily and is worth way more than what you’d pay for similar products on the market. It shouldn’t come as a surprise if it becomes your go-to pack whether you’re enjoying the outdoors, getting ready for hunting season, or taking a hike with your friends and family.

You can get more information on this and other great archery packs and products by visiting the Elevation website here.