LIVINGSTON COUNTY – The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) says that our local region has more Deer Management Permits (DMPs) available to hunters than any other region in the state.
According to a press release from the DEC, Deer Management Permits, which allow hunters to harvest antlerless deer, are issued for specific Wildlife Management Units (WMUs) to control deer populations. In some WMUs, all applicants received permits during the initial application process, but the DMP target still has not been reached.
In these units, under Governor Cuomo’s NY Open for Fishing and Hunting Initiative, DEC will re-open the DMP application process on a first-come, first-served basis. Hunters have been able to apply for up to two additional DMPs in theses WMUs at any DEC license sales outlet since Nov. 1. License issuing agent locations are available here. Leftover DMPs are not available by phone, mail or internet. Applicants who previously paid the $10 DMP application fee or are exempt from the application fee will not be charged for this additional application. Hunters that did not previously apply for a deer management permit will pay the $10 application fee.
Deer Management Permits are currently still available in WMUs 8R, 8A, 8F, 8G, 8H, 8J, and 8N. The DEC’s WMU map is accessible here.
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, 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.
The DEC added that deer populations are above desired levels in all of the units with leftover DMPs. DEC encourages hunters to use these leftover tags to take an additional antlerless deer or two. Stock up on venison, make a bit more sausage, share an extra deer with your neighbors and friends, or donate the extra deer to those in need through the Venison Donation Coalition (www.venisondonation.com).