The state Department of Environmental Conservation announced Tuesday that it will have deer management permits available outside our region starting Nov. 1.
There won't be any in DEC regions 5 or 4, which isn't a big surprise in light of the winters our deer endure. Regions 3 and 7 are the closest to us, and there are plenty for regions 8 and 9 in deer-heavy western New York.
Below is the DEC news release, with info on where and how to get a DMP.
-- Don Lehman
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today announced that remaining Deer Management Permits (DMPs) in several Wildlife Management Units (WMUs) will be available to hunters beginning Nov. 1.
Deer Management Permits allow hunters to harvest antlerless deer and are issued for specific WMUs to control deer populations. In some WMUs, all applicants received permits during the initial application process and the DMP target has not been reached. In these units, DEC will re-open 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 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), 7F, 7H, 7J, 8A, 8C (bowhunting-only), 8F, 8G, 8H, 8J, 8N, 8R, 9A, 9F, and 9G.
Additionally, 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 2017-18 Hunting and Trapping Regulations Guide or visit DEC's website at http://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 daily, and as individual units are filled they will be removed from the list of those available the following day. A list of units with leftover DMPs will be routinely updated on DEC's website or via the DMP Hotline at 1-866-472-4332.
DEC encourages hunters to prioritize doe harvest and to share extra venison with friends, neighbors, and the Venison Donation Coalition (please see: http://venisondonation.com/ link leaves DEC website).
Hunters can also continue to push the harvest ratio solidly toward older bucks simply by choosing to voluntarily pass on a young buck and “Let Young Bucks Go and Watch Them Grow” (please visit http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/27663.html to learn more).