The red tag program provides farmers experiencing deer damage problems who are enrolled in the Game Commission's public access program with the ability to obtain one depredation permit (red tag) for every five acres of tillable land they own. Farmers are authorized to give the tags to licensed hunters who may use them to harvest antlerless deer on the farm from February until September, with a brief closed period in June and July. If interested in this program, you can contact Pennsylvania Farm Bureau's Director of Local Government Program, Mike Pechart for an application form at:
PA Farm Bureau
P.O. Box 8736,
Camp Hill, PA 17001-8736,
telephone (717) 761-2740, or e-mail email@example.com
You can also contact your regional Game Commission headquarters.
PGC Informational Guide for Hunters
1) Must be 18 and have PA resident hunting license.
2) 250 in² of orange.
3) Hunter is allowed 1 deer on each farm.
4) Tag stays on deer.
5) Report kill to landowner.
6) Can be donated to food bank.
7) Unused tags returned to landowner on Sept. 30
8) Antlerless only (includes button buck and buck with shed antlers or less than 3")
9) Landowner can limit choice of weapon (bow, muzzleloader, rifle, shotgun, pistol, or disabled w/crossbow)
10) 2002 Season (daytime only, no Sundays)
Feb 1 to May 16, and July 31 to Sept 30 — For general crop farming, nurseries, orchards
Feb 1 to May 16, and June 30 to Sept 30 — For vegetable farming
11) Cost is FREE