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Doe licenses sold out

August 20, 1998|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Anyone who hasn't bought a doe license in Franklin County, Pa., will have to go hunting elsewhere, according to Treasurer Steve Minnich.

Antlerless deer licenses were sold out Wednesday, two weeks after they went on sale in the county, he said.

Minnich said the sellout was the result of the Pennsylvania Game Commission's reduction of the county's license allocation from 12,050 in 1997, to 7,600 this year.

"The wildlife biologists at the game commission have determined that our winter deer population is at 27 per acre," Minnich said Wednesday. That's down from 33 or 34 per acre in previous years, Minnich said.

He said Franklin is one of nine counties in the state to have its allocation reduced this year and the only one in South Central Pennsylvania.

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This was the first sellout of doe licenses in about three years, Minnich said.

Last year, about 10,000 of the more than 12,000 licenses were sold.

Minnich said all the sporting goods stores and other outlets where the licenses can be purchased have been notified.

Minnich said licenses are still available in Fulton, Huntingdon, Cumberland and Adams counties in Pennsylvania.

The three-day doe season in Pennsylvania begins Dec. 14, he said.

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