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DEC: Deer management permits still available for New York hunters

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Mon, Oct 26th 2020 10:50 am

DMPs available Nov. 1 at license sales outlets

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos announced remaining deer management permits (DMPs) in several of the state’s wildlife management units (WMUs) will be available to hunters beginning Nov. 1.

“New York’s hunters are setting records this year, but there are still opportunities for deer management permits across the state. Deer populations are generally at or above desired levels in the units with leftover DMPs,” Seggos said. “In these areas, DEC encourages hunters to hunt safely and responsibly and to prioritize doe harvest and share extra venison with friends, neighbors, and the Venison Donation Coalition.”

DMPs, which allow hunters to harvest antlerless deer, are issued for specific WMUs to control deer populations. In some WMUs, applicants received permits during the initial application process, and the DMP target has not been reached. In these units, DEC will reopen the DMP application process on a first-come, first-served basis. Hunters may apply for up to two additional DMPs in these WMUs at any DEC license sales outlet beginning Nov. 1.

Leftover DMPs are not available by phone, mail or internet. Applications must be made at license issuing outlets. Applicants who previously paid the $10 DMP application fee during the initial application period, or are exempt from the application fee, will not be charged for this additional application. Hunters who did not previously apply for a deer management permit are required to pay the $10 application fee.

Applications for leftover DMPs will be accepted for the following WMUs: 1C, 3M, 3R, 3S (bowhunting only), 4J (bowhunting only), 6P, 7F, 7H, 7J, 7R, 8A, 8C (bowhunting only), 8F, 8G, 8H, 8J, 8M, 8N, 8R, 9A, 9F and 9G. In addition, bonus DMPs are available for hunters who successfully take an antlerless deer in WMUs 1C, 3S, 4J or 8C.

For WMU locations, refer to the 2020-21 Hunting and Trapping Regulations Guide or visit DEC's website at https://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/8302.html.

During this extended application period, DEC will issue DMPs for an individual WMU until the target issuance quota is achieved. The status of permits will be reviewed each night, and as individual units are filled they will be removed from the list of those available effective the following day. A list of units with available leftover DMPs will routinely be updated on DEC's website or via the DMP hotline at 1-866-472-4332.

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