Kortz urges consumers to be wary of online scams when purchasing hunting, fishing licenses

HARRISBURG, Oct. 15 – Anglers and hunters should use caution when purchasing a fishing or hunting license online following several reports of online scams, state Rep. Bill Kortz, D-Allegheny, announced today.

Kortz said the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission and the Pennsylvania Game Commission have received reports from consumers who paid for licenses through third-party websites and ending up being victimized.

“Consumers who used these websites were taken advantage of in two ways: they lost money and they didn’t receive their license,” said Kortz. “These questionable websites actually mimic the agencies’ branding, charge more for a license, and in many cases, even ask for your social security number or other forms of personal information.”

Kortz said the best way for consumers to ensure they are getting a legitimate fishing or hunting license is by visiting The Outdoor Shop online portal at www.pa.wildlifelicense.com. Once a fishing license is purchased, a printable electronic version is issued immediately by the PFBC. For a hunting license that is purchased online, consumers receive an official email from the PGC and licenses are mailed to the buyer within two weeks of their purchase, Kortz added.

Those who encounter a website offering the sale of a state fishing or hunting license that appears questionable or does not link to The Outdoor Shop portal should contact the PFBC Fishing License Help Line at 877-707-4085 or the PGC’s license division at 717-787-2084.

Consumers who were victims of a fishing or hunting license scam should notify the state Office of the Attorney General by completing a scams complaint form, available at this website: https://www.attorneygeneral.gov/submit-a-complaint/scams-complaint/.