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What would you pay for a second buck tag in pa? If even, 250,000 hunters paid $50 for another tag that is almost 12.5 million for a BADLY underfunded organization. 18.7 mil at $75.
 

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I would want it to cost more then $50. You also have to purchase it by the end of August. $75-$100. I wouldn't buy one but a lot would.
 

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What would you pay for a second buck tag in pa? If even, 250,000 hunters paid $50 for another tag that is almost 12.5 million for a BADLY underfunded organization. 18.7 mil at $75.

Your numbers don't add up....last three year buck harvest avg 130K, so why would someone pony up money before a harvest? FT
 

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You have to buy the tag before the first deer season....you must commit prior to actually taking a buck... so hunters thinking they will be doubly successful have a conservative 250,000 people buying the license out of total livense saled ...that's where I'm getting the numbers
 

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most that want a second buck tag just pay the normal license fees... I can't tell you the number of times that a wife or daughter has shot a deer and probably didn't even know it.
 

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I believe in the next 10 years that pa will be a 2 buck state with one of those bucks having to be killed during muzzleloader or bow season. i also believe the license fees will rise alot. This extra tag will apease the masses while raising the needed funds for the game commission. Im not saying that I agree with or support this just my opinion.
 

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I've always thought that a system similar to the elk drawing would bring in some good revenue. For residents, $10 to enter a draw, $50 for the tag if you're drawn. $20/$100 for non-residents for a chance at 25% of the tags, leaving 75% for residents. The benefit over a straight second tag purchase is that would give the PGC a little more control over the harvest numbers in certain WMU's, if they feel it's necessary. I don't really have a guess on potential numbers of applicants or tag allotments.
 
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To directly answer the question though, if it were a straight tag purchase, I think $50 would be my max in my current financial situation. Maybe up to $100 if I had the disposable dollars laying around, but I can never count on that.
 

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Your numbers don't add up....last three year buck harvest avg 130K, so why would someone pony up money before a harvest? FT
Same logic as the second turkey tag. You're basically taking a gamble on yourself and buying extra opportunity should you luck out early in the season. My most painful turkey season, by far, was when I shot a bird at 6:30 opening morning, before the bonus tag was available. I'd have given a lot to have had a second tag in my pocket that year.
 

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Your numbers don't add up....last three year buck harvest avg 130K, so why would someone pony up money before a harvest? FT
Same reason people pony up for the second gobbler tag.
 

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I pay 149 every year for the chance for a second buck in Ohio, so for me I would most likely not ever buy a second buck tag in Pa. I think making Pa. a two buck state would be detrimental to the herd. I would be in favor of an increase in our license fees if it's needed. You can't take your wife to dinner and a movie for what we pay for a license to hunt all year.
 

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There should be a game management incentive. Like "earn a buck" program. Shoot a doe first, get your buck tag. Shoot a second doe, get a second buck tag. Easy.
 
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SRA, I would go for a program such as that. As for second buck tag, your darn tootin' I'd would get one. $75-$100 I'd be in.. just my two cents
 

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I have long advocated for a drawing for limited antlered tags for the early muzzleloader season. Many states have an early muzzleloader season where antlered deer are legal. It would bring in quite a bit of revenue and provide opportunity that I think exists. With a reported 550,000 deer hunters in the woods on the opener, down from 1,000,000 just 20 years ago, the time is ripe for a limited opportunity for some lucky hunters and much needed revenue.

At $20 to apply and maybe 50,000 tags, that's a million dollars with maybe only another 10-15,000 harvested at most.

And no, I have never hunted the early muzzleloader season.
 

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The way we control deer numbers is thru doe harvest, thats why you can shoot more than one. With 550k buck hunters there is alot of hunters who don't get a buck, so giving some a second buck tag probably won't happen till hunter numbers drop substantially. Simple supply and demand.

Like bone i get my bonus buck tag and sunday hunting, all for $150.
 

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I don't have any answers. I only have questions. Here are a few:

(1.) The PGC is supposed to manage for the resource. Aside from arguments about whether they're doing that now or not, how would a second buck tag benefit the resource? (2.) If a second buck tag raises $12 million, or whatever, how should that money be spent to benefit the resource?
(3.) And how many hunters would support that? Right now, we put lots of pressure on the deer with the number of hunters we have, with rifles being legal, and with a relatively long rifle season. (Many states limit rifles, or mandate muzzleloaders and shotguns.)
(4.) I hear lots of hunters complain about not seeing a legal deer. Will they continue to hunt if the hunters who have better skills, better access to property, and more time to hunt, can shoot two bucks?
(5.) Will many of those hunters be lost out the back door, with the losses in license sales offsetting any gain from the second buck tag?

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I'm game for it.

I think $100.00 is a reasonable price for a second antlered tag. Purchased in advance of all deer seasons.

One antlered for archery/muzzleloader, one for rifle.
 

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I so rarely kill the first buck on the license that it would never make sense for me to purchase a second, no matter what the price.
 

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I recently moved to Minnesota and hunt Wisconsin as well. Wisconsin has a 2 buck tag system, but one has to be killed in rifle or muzzleloader season and the other in archery season. Residents pay $24 for each, but the Non-residents get hammered at $160 a piece. I don't think there will be a 2nd buck tag issued but you never know. $50 would be fair.
 

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I like the idea of a drawing for early muzzleloader season buck tags. I think that'd be easily managed and would be of a huge interest to many hunters.
 
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