New York Left Over Deer Tags on Sale Nov 1

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The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announces two additional opportunities when hunters may obtain Deer Management Permits for the upcoming big game seasons.

Deer Management Permits allow hunters to harvest antlerless deer and are issued for specific Wildlife Management Units across the state to control deer populations. For locations of these WMUs, check the 2009-10 Hunting and Trapping Regulations Guide or www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/8302.html on DEC's website.

Approximately 21,000 Deer Management Permits (DMPs) will be issued to hunters who were previously denied permits earlier this year during the initial DMP application period that ended on Oct. 1. Also, leftover DMPs will be available in several Wildlife Management Units (WMUs) beginning Nov. 1.

Previously denied applicants:

To issue the remaining 21,000 DMPs, DEC randomly selected recipients among applicants who were previously denied DMPs in some affected WMUs during the initial application period. An average of 20 percent of the hunters previously denied permits in the units listed below will receive a DMP through the mail:

  • 3C, 3F, 3G, 3H, 3J, 3K, 3N
  • 4A, 4F, 4G, 4H, 4O, 4P, 4R, 4S, 4T, 4W, 4Y
  • 5R, 5S
  • 6A, 6C, 6G, 6K, 6P, 6R, 6S
  • 7A, 7H, 7J, 7P
  • 8R, 8T, 8X, 8Y
  • 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9N, 9P, 9R, 9S, 9T, 9X, 9Y

Selection for one of these permits will not affect any preference points issued to hunters who were not selected.

Additional DMP Opportunity:

In addition, DEC will also reopen the DMP application process starting Nov. 1 on a first-come, first-served basis for WMUs that have not reached target totals during the random selections. DMP applications will be accepted for the following WMUs: 1C, 3M, 3R, 3S (bowhunting-only), 8A, 8F, 8G, 8H, 8J, 8N, 9A, and 9F.

Hunters may apply for up to two leftover DMPs in these units at any DEC license sales outlet beginning Nov. 1. Hunters are encouraged to obtain the additional permits to take antlerless deer from these units and use the Venison Donation program (www.venisondonation.com/) to help provide food for families in need. Leftover DMPs will not be available by phone, by mail or via the internet. During this extended application period, DEC will issue DMPs for an individual WMU all day once a WMU is opened for leftover issuance. The status of permits will be reviewed daily, and any filled units will be removed from the list of those available with no further applications accepted for those units. Applicants who previously paid the $10 application fee or are exempt from the application fee will not be charged for this additional application.

Commissioner Grannis also encouraged New Yorkers to consider purchasing a Habitat/Access Stamp, an optional stamp that helps support the DEC's efforts to conserve habitat and increase public access for fish and wildlife-related recreation. This year's stamp features a drawing of a pair of red fox. Buying a $5 stamp is a way to help conserve New York's fabulous wildlife heritage.

Individuals can also enhance DEC's fish and wildlife programs through "Return A Gift To Wildlife" - a voluntary contribution line on the state income tax form to provide every taxpayer with an easy, simple way to support fish and wildlife conservation. Any whole dollar amount may be contributed whether taxes are owed or a refund is due, and all contributions are tax-deductible on the following year's return.