The Bureau of Wildlife Protection administers the Agricultural Deer Control (Red Tag) Program. It falls under Title 58, 147.553, of the Pennsylvania Code. It is a special permit for deer control related to agricultural depredation. Applications for deer control permits under this program are made through the district wildlife conservation officer on a form provided by the Commission. Applications are only accepted from persons who have been enrolled in one of the Commission cooperative public access programs (Farm Game Project or Safety Zone) for a minimum of two years and are currently enrolled in the program, except in Wildlife Management Units 5C and 5D.
An Agricultural Deer Control (Red Tag) permit authorizes the permittee to enlist the aid of a limited number of subpermits, who are qualified individuals of the permittee’s choosing for the purpose of removing deer from the permittee’s property by shooting. A permittee may not issue more than one subpermit to a person to take deer on the permittee’s land enrolled in the Agricultural Deer Control (Red Tag) Program.
The permit is valid from February 1 to September 28 each calendar year, excluding Sundays, during the hours of dawn to dusk only. The permit is not valid from May 16 to June 30. Only antlerless deer may be taken under this program.
Land where permits are issued must post deer control permit signs provided by the Commission on the boundary of and along all public roadways traversing the property by the landowner/cooperator on all contiguous acres of the farm under agreement.
The permittee must report, on a form provided by the Commission, the number of deer killed and other information the Commission deems necessary. The completed report must be submitted to the district wildlife conservation officer within five days after the end of each month while the permit is valid. If no deer are killed, a negative report should be submitted.
Landowners interested in participating in the Agricultural Deer Control (Red Tag) Program must call the Game Commission Region Office serving the county in which the land to enrolled is located.