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Pa. Hunters Will be Able to Phone-in Harvest Reports
HARRISBURG – Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director Carl G. Roe today announced that, just in time for the 2011 spring gobbler season, hunters can add toll-free telephone reporting to the list of methods of submitting harvest reports to the agency beginning Monday, April 25. The Interactive Voice Response (IVR) harvest reporting system telephone number is 1-855-PAHUNT1 (1-855-724-8681).
“This is one more way that the Game Commission is doing its part to make it easier for license buyers to report their required harvests and help the agency better manage wildlife,” Roe said. “We have found that harvest reporting rates have been declining for years, and we’re hoping hunters and trappers take advantage of this new system and become more active in wildlife management.
“Hunters who use the toll-free number to submit a harvest report will receive a confirmation number. They should write down this number and keep it as proof of reporting.”
Roe noted that hunters should have their Customer Identification Number (hunting license number) and field harvest tag information with them when they call, and that multiple harvests can be reported in a single call. He also stressed callers should speak clearly and distinctly when reporting harvests, especially when providing the Wildlife Management Unit number and letter.
“Hunters and trappers can use the telephone reporting system during the 2011-12 seasons for deer, turkey, bobcat and fisher,” Roe said. “Elk and bear hunters still will be required to present their harvest to check stations.”
Other harvest reporting methods will remain in place. They are online reporting through the agency’s website (www.pgc.state.pa.us) and the use of pre-paid postage cards that appear in the annual Pennsylvania Hunting and Trapping digest that is provided free to each license buyer.