Hunters and anglers, beware online scams

30 Oct 2019 | 11:41

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission and Pennsylvania Game Commission are warning anglers and hunters to avoid online scams when purchasing their licenses. The warning follows several recent reports of customers paying for licenses through third-party websites not affiliated with either agency and then never receiving a license. Both agencies sell licenses and permits through The Outdoor Shop, a secure online portal. Using a third-party website may result in hunters and anglers losing money and putting their personal information at risk. When you purchase your fishing license through The Outdoor Shop, a printable electronic version of the license is issued immediately. Hunting licenses purchased through The Outdoor Shop are confirmed at the time of sale through an official email from the game commission, and licenses are mailed to the buyer within two weeks of purchase. Anyone who encounters a website offering the sale of a Pennsylvania fishing or hunting license that does not link to The Outdoor Shop to complete the transaction should call the PFBC Fishing License Help Line at 877-707-4085 or the game commission’s license division at 717-787-2084. Victims of a fishing or hunting license scam should notify the Pennsylvania attorney general at