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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session


Posted: April 6, 2021 04:44 PM
From: Senator Scott E. Hutchinson and Sen. Patrick J. Stefano
To: All Senate members
Subject: Elk Hunting License Transfer Legislation
We will soon be introducing legislation amending Title 34 to allow holders of Pennsylvania Elk Hunting Licenses to transfer their licenses to hunters who are elderly or suffering from a terminal illness.

The resurgence of Pennsylvania’s elk herd is a true wildlife management success story and a testament to the hard work of many volunteers, non-profit organizations and the Pennsylvania Game Commission.  Each license year the Commission issues a limited number of elk hunting licenses through special auctions and a lottery system in accordance with its wildlife management strategy; however, the likelihood of drawing an elk license is extremely low.

Our legislation would allow successful elk license applicants to transfer their license to another eligible hunter if the recipient is elderly or suffers from a terminal illness.  Our proposal expressly forbids monetary payment to the license transferrer beyond the cost of the license and its transfer and includes penalties for violations.   

A Pennsylvania elk hunt truly is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.  We hope you will consider cosponsoring our legislation, which would extend this opportunity to hunters nearing the ends of their lives.