Regulated deer hunt planned at Presque Isle State Park

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) is offering a three-day, combined antlered and antlerless deer hunt at Presque Isle State Park, Erie County. The hunt is planned for Wednesday, December 6, Thursday, December 7, and Friday, December 8 to help reduce the park’s deer population and keep it in balance with the unique ecosystem of the peninsula. When deer populations exceed an ideal carrying capacity, degradation of the park habitat can occur. On each day of the three-day hunt, 85 hunters will be allowed to hunt using shotguns with slugs, black-powder muzzleloaders, or archery equipment for both antlered and antlerless deer. 

All permitted hunters are encouraged to bring with them one “hunting buddy” to assist them during their hunt.  The “hunting buddy” must be a licensed PA hunter and will not be permitted to carry a firearm. 

Registration of the “hunting buddy” will take place prior to the orientation/safety session on the day the permitted hunter participates in the hunt. More information will be provided to the permitted hunters during the application process. 

Individuals wishing to participate in the hunt must apply at the Presque Isle State Park Office (located on the second floor of the Tom Ridge Environmental Center) by 2:00 PM Tuesday, December 5. The application process will begin on Monday, November 13, 2017. Designated application times are from 8:00 AM until 4:00 PM (Mondays through Fridays) with the exception of Holidays.  Applicants will be required to present a valid Pennsylvania Hunting License with an unused Erie County Antlerless Tag when signing up. Hunters not holding an Antlerless Tag will be able to sign up and hunt for antlered deer only. Holders of a DMAP permit will still have to register to participate in the hunt. The Pennsylvania Game Commission regulations on antler restriction for Erie County will apply. One application will be accepted per person.  Successful applicants will be issued safety rules and maps showing open-hunting areas.  When checking in on each day of the hunt, every hunter and hunting buddy will be issued a permit.  The permit must be carried while hunting, along with the required license and tag. 

This year, for those applicants that cannot sign up in person, phone calls will be accepted on Monday through Friday during the hours of 8:00 AM until 4:00 PM by calling 1-814-833-7424.  As you prepare for your call, please have available your valid Pennsylvania hunting license number for reference.  Hunting licenses and DMAP permits will be confirmed in person every day of the hunt. 
Immediately prior to legal hunting time on each day, a mandatory information and safety session will be held for the participants at the Stull Center. Park Officials and Wildlife Conservation Officers from the Game Commission will conduct this orientation. On Wednesday, December 6, Thursday, December 7, and Friday, December 8 the Park will be closed to the general public for use, east of the Stull Center from 5:00 AM until approximately 2:00 PM.  The public will be able to access the western portion of the park from the entrance to the Stull Center during the hunt, and the entire park after 2:00 PM. 
 
For more details on the hunt, or information on Presque Isle State Park, call 1-814-833-7424. For information on any of Pennsylvania’s 121 state parks, call toll-free 1-888-PA-PARKS, or visit DCNR’s website at dcnr.state.pa.us, keyword “Presque Isle.” 

If you need an accommodation to participate in park activities due to a disability, please contact Presque Isle State Park at 1-814-833-7424 to make arrangements for your visit.  With at least three days notice, interpreters for people who are deaf or hard of hearing are available for educational programs.  Please call the Erie ASL Interpreters’ Office at 814-806-2511 for more information about this service.


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