Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos is reminding hunters to apply for deer management permits (DMPs) this week, ahead of the Oct. 1 deadline, DEC announced today.
“Deer Management Permits are our most effective wildlife management tool and recreational deer hunting provides an excellent opportunity to enjoy a day afield and provide sustainably harvested food for New York families,” Commissioner Seggos said. “Hunters that have secured a hunting license are eligible to apply for up to two deer management permits that may be used to harvest antlerless deer from a specified Wildlife Management Unit. Antlerless deer harvest is crucial in helping to balance the deer herd with available habitat.”
Sporting licenses and permits for the 2017-18 license year have been available since Aug. 1, and can be obtained at any one of DEC’s 1,300 license issuing outlets, by phone at 866-933-2257, or online through the DEC website. DEC’s computerized licensing system allows hunters to know immediately whether or not they were selected to receive their deer management permits. Hunters must apply for DMPs by Oct. 1, and should review their chances of selection before applying. The application fee for deer management permits is $10.
“DEC would also like to remind hunters to report the harvest of any deer, bear, or turkey taken this fall,” Commissioner Seggos said. “Harvest reporting is the law and is critical to wildlife management. Remember: Take It, Tag It, Report It!”
DEC reminds hunters going afield to take precautions to avoid ticks and tick-borne illnesses by applying insect repellent with DEET. Also, bathe or shower as soon as possible after spending time in the woods, and conduct a full-body tick check.
In addition, DEC reminds hunters to follow basic firearm safety rules and wear hunter orange. Visit the DEC web page for more information.
For more information on reporting your game harvest, visit DEC’s website.
For more information about how to protect yourself from ticks and tick-borne illnesses, (link leaves DEC website) visit the State Department of Health website.