2008-09 Sporting License Sales Open August 18 in New York

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Deer Management Permits, Hunting, Fishing, Trapping Licenses Available

2008-09 Sporting License Sales Open August 18 in New YorkNew York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Pete Grannis announced that 2008-09 hunting, fishing, and trapping licenses and Deer Management Permits (DMPs) may be purchased beginning Monday, Aug. 18. Licenses and permits can be purchased at one of DEC’s 1,500 license sales outlets statewide.

“New York State is committed to helping provide outdoor enthusiasts with numerous recreational opportunities to enjoy the beauty of our state throughout the year,” said Grannis. “Hunting, trapping, and fishing opportunities in New York are among the best in the Northeast. As DEC kicks off another license year, we are pleased to offer new big game hunting opportunities to 14 and 15 year olds. We will continue to help meet the needs of sportsmen and sportswomen by making improvements to better serve the public and protect our natural resources.”

All sporting licenses are valid beginning Oct. 1, 2008, through Sept. 30, 2009. Prices for New York residents range from as little as $5 for a Junior Hunting license to $76 for a Conservation Legacy license that allows a full range of hunting and fishing privileges and includes specialty items such as a subscription to the Conservationist magazine and a Habitat/Access Stamp.

Sporting licenses can also be ordered by mail or phone. Previous DEC Automated Licensing System (DECALS) customers can purchase licenses via DEC’s website at www.dec.ny.gov (look for the “Purchase a Sporting License” button on the home page). License applications may also be downloaded from the website and submitted by mail to the address listed on the application. For questions regarding license purchases, please call our DECALS Call Center at (1-866-933-2257). Hours of operation for the Call Center are 7 am to 7 pm, Mon. through Sat. from Aug. 18 to Oct. 13, 2008. Regular weekday hours of 8 am to 5 pm will resume on Oct. 14.

The DECALS System is New York’s program for issuing sporting licenses and tracking license sales and revenues. DECALS may also be used for donations to the Habitat Access Stamp Program, Venison Donation Coalition, Conservation Fund, and the Trail Maintenance Program. The Department continues to improve DECALS to better meet the needs of sportsmen and women. Beginning August 18, 2008, individuals will be able to purchase 2008-09 sporting licenses and permits through DECALS at all license issuing outlets across the state, including during the 2008 New York State Fair in Syracuse.

License buyers should have the following items ready when applying: complete name and address information, customer ID number if you have it, proof of residency information (driver’s license number or non-driver’s ID number to qualify), and, if purchasing by phone, credit card and card expiration date. Hunting license purchases require individuals to provide proof of hunting education certification or a copy of a previous license, or this information must already be contained in their DECALS file.

Deer Management Permits (DMPs), for antlerless deer only, will be available at all license issuing outlets and by phone, internet or mail, from Aug. 18 through close of business Oct. 1. DMPs are issued through a random selection process at the point of sale; therefore customers who are selected for DMPs will receive their permits immediately. The probabilities for DMP selection in each Wildlife Management Unit (WMU) are determined by the number of applications expected for each WMU and the number of DMPs the DEC must issue to effectively manage the deer herd. An applicant’s selection is also affected by the customer’s residency, number of preference points, land ownership, or disabled veteran’s status. Chances of selection in each WMU are listed in this year’s Hunting and Trapping Regulations Guide, available at License Issuing Agent locations, and at www.dec.ny.gov/permits/30409.html /website/dfwmr/license/dmpchances.html . Chances of getting a DMP remain the same throughout the application period from Aug. 18 through Oct. 1, 2008.

DEC plans to issue approximately 530,000 DMPs this year, about 13% more than last year’s target DMP issuance. The boost in DMP targets for 2008 reflects increases in deer abundance in many parts of the state and the DEC’s intent to manage deer populations toward levels suggested by Citizen Task Forces for each WMU. Applicants are reminded that DMPs are only valid for use in the WMU specified on the permit.

If a significant number of DMPs are still available in a WMU after Oct. 1, leftover DMP sales will commence on Nov. 1, 2008 and will continue on a first-come/first-serve basis until the end of the hunting season or until all DMPs have been issued. Hunters who were accustomed to applying for leftover DMPs in archery-only units 4J and 8C are advised that these units will not be open during the first-come/first-serve application period this year, but Bonus DMPs will be available in these units. For information about Bonus DMPs in WMUs 1C, 3S, 4J and 8C see www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/10001.html .

Hunters and trappers are reminded that Governor David Paterson signed a new law creating a junior hunter and trapper mentoring program. This new law allows 14-15 year olds to hunt big game with a firearm while accompanied and supervised by an experienced adult hunter. The law also allows unlicensed youth less than 12 years of age to accompany and assist a licensed trapper who is at least 18 years of age and has at least three years of trapping experience. More details about the new opportunities are available in this year’s Hunting and Trapping Laws and Regulations Guide.

Sales of all sporting licenses are deposited into the Conservation Fund which is used for the management of New York’s fish and wildlife populations and for protection and management of the habitats these animals rely upon. Via DECALS, donations to the Conservation Fund may be made in addition to or in lieu of purchasing a sporting license or Habitat/ Access Stamp.

For specific boundaries of the WMUs mentioned in this announcement and for all current hunting, fishing and trapping regulations, access the DEC website at www.dec.ny.gov .