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PA HUNTING LICENSES

SPECIAL DEER

 
 
 

The first antlerless doe season in Pennsylvania was called a Female Deer season and was held in 1923 and 1924 in select areas that had significant crop damage. In 1925, the name was changed to Special Deer. The 1925 and 1926 licenses are identical. However, a 1925 license will have a number under 6000. The next special deer license was issued in 1928. Also, in 1928 a free special deer license was issued to landowners that applied for one. It is of a different color than the regular 1928. In 1930, two different colors were issued. A black and white license was the standard issue. A red and white license was issued to landowners. There is also three prototype or sample licenses known for 1930. A 1930 lavender, grey, and blue are known to exist. The lavender and grey reside in this collection. The blue license is owned by the Pennsylvania Game Commission and is on display at the Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area.
BEWARE OF RED/WHITE REPAINTS AND BLUE/WHITE REPAINTS.

It would be seven years until a special deer season would be scheduled again. In 1937, a season was set but after much controversy was canceled. Licenses do exist in circulation. In 1943, a special deer season was held in several counties. This license was cardboard -- unlike the previous metal licenses. In 1946, the final special deer license was sold. This license was also cardboard. The license in this collection has a metal ear tag marked PA SPECIAL DEER. I have never seen another metal tag.

  • 1926 special deer $300+
  • 1928 special deer $50
  • 1928 special deer landowner (orange) $100
  • 1930 special deer $75
  • 1930 special deer landowner (red) $300+
  • 1937 special deer $75
  • 1943 special deer $100
  • 1946 special deer $125
 
 
 
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1925 Special Deer License                 Rare

Identical to 1926 but will have a number under 6000
1926 Special Deer Rare w/ paperwork

1928 Special Deer License
1928 Special Deer Landowner License

1928 Free Landowner License with Paper

RARE

1928 Special Deer License with Paper

RARE

1930 Special Deer License
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