SPRINGVILLE — The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation announced that approximately 35,000 Deer Management Permits will be issued to hunters who were previously denied permits, during the initial application period, earlier this fall. Leftover DMPs will also be available in several Wildlife Management Units, beginning Nov. 1.
Deer Management Permits, which allow hunters to harvest antlerless deer, are issued for specific WMUs, to control deer populations. In order to provide DMPs at point-of-sale, DEC must anticipate the number of applicants in each WMU and assign a probability to each unit. This year, DEC received fewer permit applications than projected, in many WMUs.
To issue the remaining DMPs under Gov. Cuomo’s New York Open for Fishing and Hunting initiative, DEC randomly selects applicants who were previously denied permits in these affected units, during the initial application period. DEC has begun mailing permits to selected applicants.
The New York Open for Hunting and Fishing Initiative is an effort to improve recreational activities for in-state and out-of-state sportsmen and to boost tourism opportunities, throughout the state. This initiative includes the streamlining of hunting and fishing licensing and reducing license fees, improving access for fishing at various sites across the state and increasing hunting opportunities in various regions.
In addition to those who were previously denied permits, applicants from select WMUs may receive DMPs. For WMU locations, refer to the 2013-14 Hunting and Trapping Regulations Guide or visit DEC’s website at www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/8302.html.
Hunters not selected for a DMP will not receive a mailing from DEC. Selection for one of these permits will not affect any preference points issued to hunters who were not selected for their first-choice area, during the original application period.
Additionally, in some WMUs, all applicants received permits during the initial application process or correction process, however, the DMP target was still not reached. In these units, DEC will reopen the DMP application process on a first-come, first-served basis. Hunters may apply for leftover DMPs at any DEC license sales outlet beginning Nov. 1.
Leftover DMPs will not be available by phone, by mail or via the Internet. Applicants who previously paid the DMP application fee or those that are exempt from the application fee will not be charged for this additional application.
During this extended application period, DEC will issue DMPs for an individual WMU, all day. The status of permits will be reviewed, each night. As individual units are filled, they will be removed from the list of those available, effective the following day, with no further applications accepted for those units. A list of units with available leftover DMPs will be routinely updated at www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/6399.html.