As an out-of-stater now, too, I definitely get some weird looks when I try to explain the PA mail-in doe application process to outsiders. I don't know of anywhere else that requires a paper application through a treasure's office for does, and most folks elsewhere seem to take online license sales for granted these days. Gotta admit that it is interesting to experience the diverse extremes of what it takes to get and use a doe tag each year:
1) To hunt does back in PA, I call up my buddy in Bucks County and ask if he'll be around to complete and file my pink envelope for me (having a friend with proximity to a treasurer's office is key when you now live 1,200 miles away). If he is, then I arrange to mail him a check for the balance due. He then times the local mail on both of our behalf, submits the apps via snail mail and, hopefully, a tag shows up sometime down the road. Maybe I'll get a tag. Maybe I won't. When I shoot a doe, I hopefully remembered the tag, ball-point pen, and something to attach it with to the ear. I then collect my kill and call in the harvest via phone within 10 days. Better make sure I also remove any unfilled tags out of my hunt pack at the end of the season or I might get cited next year!
2) For Missouri (where my farm is), I pull up the "MO Hunting" app on my phone, click the antlerless tag button, enter my credit card info and have it issued electronically on the spot. I shoot a doe and, as soon as she hits the ground, cancel the electronic tag and telecheck the deer/report my harvest with a few clicks right in the same app - no pen, no signatures, no string, no zip ties, no lost tags. Without having to even leave the blind/stand, I then use the app to buy another tag of my choice while there's still legal daylight remaining, and shoot again as opportunity allows. Since I don't have to stop at a check station or even call in to report the harvest, I collect my kill(s), and drive straight home. Any unfilled electronic tags are automatically invalidated in the app at season's end. Accordingly, nobody will ever get a ticket for having an old one, nor can they be used illegally after their issued season. Gotta say, it's kinda nice.
Last edited by Six-Gun; 06-20-2019 at 02:15 PM.