How many DMAP tags did you just buy?
I know you have the data, but how long has it been in PA that a WMU sold out during the resident 1st round? Doesn't the ones that usually don't have a 2nd or not many tags in the 2nd have alot of DMAP tags?
People tend to forget in PA that you were lucky to get even 1 doe tag. If you killed a buck then you couldn't even kill a doe.
How many DMAP permits I or anyone else has is completely irrelevant to the antlerless license process or discussion. DMAP permits are property specific which makes them very restrictive on where you can hunt as compared to the antlerless license good for an entire WMU.
But up until 2016 there were units that sold out every year before all of the residents that wanted on get one. In 2015 five WMU were sold out before the non-residents could apply. Every year a number of units are sold out before all of the non-residents who wanted one could get one. And, in my opinion even the non-resident round being sold out before everyone who wants one has an opportunity is reason for allowing those who do their homework on which County Treasurers are the fastest is relevant.
Now allow me to explain two different antlerless allocation process.
One process is what we have now where anyone can send to any County Treasurer in the state to have their application processed. For those that want a license in a unit that never sells out this process isn't important and may be a bit of an inconvenience but for those of us who hunt in a unit that sells out early this process can be important because it is a first come first serve process. Therefore, anyone who sends to a County Treasurer who processes them on the same day they get them in the applicant is pretty much assured of getting a license for the unit of their choice.
The other process, the one the Game Commission has talked about and what some hunters think they would prefer, would be a lottery type drawing for any unit that typically sells out in the first round. In that system the computer would just randomly reject an applicant even though there were still licenses available for the unit. Not a big deal you say, unless you are the one getting rejected. For many of us we live in the unit and have no desire or intent to drive to another unit to hunt. That means many residents of a unit would get rejected to hunt in their home unit while someone from some other part of the state, perhaps someone who has no interest in even using the license and only got it because they might, or might not, get a chance to hunt that unit or perhaps someone who only got one for that unit to eat up a license with no intent to use it and save a doe.
Now I ask, if you hunted one of those units that has limited licenses and seriously wanted to have an antlerless license for a specific unit which of those two systems would you prefer?