Every leftover antlerless deer license for Lancaster County's wildlife management unit was bought in the first two hours they were on sale on Monday morning.
Two hours after sales opened, the county's treasurer's office sold 469 licenses, according to assistant deputy treasurer Donna Haley. Of those, about 400 were for WMU 5B, which encompasses Lancaster, York and Dauphin counties, along with a portion of Lebanon County.
As of last Thursday, WMU 5B had 1,232 antlerless deer licenses remaining, LNP|LancasterOnline outdoor writer PJ Reilly reported.
At one point on Monday morning, there were more than 200 people waiting in line at the treasurer's office, Haley said. As of 10:35 a.m., there 39 people waiting in line.
This is the first year that Pennsylvania hunters are allowed to hold up to six doe tags. Previously, hunters were limited to no more than three antlerless licenses across 20 of the state's 23 WMUs.
"That’s how many doe licenses a hunter can hold at one time. But as an individual fills tags, he or she can replace them so long as allocations for more tags remain," Reilly wrote on Sunday. Hunters are only limited by the individual WMU allocations.
Though hunters could buy doe tags during other sale windows earlier in the year, Monday marked the first time hunters could purchase multiple licenses at once, or until their six-tag limit is fulfilled.
Buying the leftover licenses in person is also new this year, since hunters had to buy their licenses through the mail in past rounds of sales.
Any treasurer's office in the state can sell tags for any WMU in the state.
Reilly asked hunters to let him know their thoughts on the new system. His email is email@example.com.