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For Release: IMMEDIATE Contact: Maureen Wren Friday, September 26, 2003 (518) 402-8000

DEC Reminds Hunters of October 1 Deer Permit Application Deadline

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Erin M. Crotty today reminded sportsmen and women of the approaching deadline for Deer Management Permit (DMP) applications. Applications must be submitted by the close of business on October 1, 2003.

"New York State is committed to wise deer management practices to help keep our deer herd healthy," Commissioner Crotty said. "This year's licensing period has been going very smoothly and DEC urges individuals interested in applying for permits to do so before the deadline passes."

New York State's deer population is estimated at approximately 1 million. This year DEC expects hunters to harvest approximately 100,000 adult female deer. In order to accomplish this, more than 640,000 DMPs will be issued. Each year, DEC sets adult doe harvest objectives in each Wildlife Management Unit (WMU) and issues the number of DMPs required to reach this objective. The regulated harvest of adult does is essential to maintaining deer herds at levels desired by the public.

DMPs are valid for antlerless deer only. Antlerless deer are defined as deer without antlers or deer with both antlers shorter than three inches in length. Hunters possessing valid DMPs may take one antlerless deer on each permit they possess.

DMP selection is random. However, preference is given to landowners, disabled veterans, New York State residents, and applicants with "preference points" from a previous year. Preference points are awarded if a hunter is not selected for their first choice permit. These points increase, but do not guarantee, a person's chance of being selected for a permit the following year.

If selected during the instant lottery, DMPs will be issued to applicants immediately by the license sales agent. An applicant may apply for one or two permits in the same or different WMUs. Permit applications are free to all licensed hunters except those possessing Resident Small and Big Game and Non-Resident Big Game licenses, who must pay a $10 application fee.

DMPs are only valid in the WMU for which they are issued. It is the applicant's responsibility for selecting their WMU, as license sales agents may not be familiar with an applicant's chances of selection in all units.

Information needed to be presented when purchasing a hunting license and DMP includes: A New York State driver's license or non-driver's identification; The designation of the WMU(s) being applied for a permit; If the applicant is the owner of 50 or more acres of land in the WMU being applied for, applicants must bring their Tax Map Identification number and Swiss code from the tax bill; and Disabled Veterans- If the applicant is a New York State resident and has a 40 percent or greater service-related disability, a letter with the applicant's case number is required from the Veteran's Administration.

Hunters can purchase hunting licenses at any one of DEC's 1,500 license sales outlets, by phone from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. The toll-free telephone number is 1-86-NY-DECALS (1-866-933-2257) or by mail at MCI, P.O. Box 36985, Phoenix AZ 85067-6985. A license application can be downloaded from the DEC website at

Permit applicants are encouraged to review the "Hunting and Trapping Regulations Guide" found at points of license sales and in DEC regional offices, or on DEC's website at
license/dmpchances.html.  A map of all WMUs is also available in the guide, on the DEC website at
wildlife/wmunits.html,  or by calling 866-472-4332.

If a significant number of DMPs are available after October 1, 2003, DEC will make these permits available on or about October 31, 2003, on a first-come first-served basis. Permits will be limited to areas of the State where the deer population is highest and where insufficient numbers of management permits have been issued to properly regulate the deer population. Remaining DMPs must be applied for in person at one of DEC's 1,500 license sales outlets and will not be available by mail or phone.



Judy T. Abraham, Secretary I Office of Media Relations 14th Floor Phone: (518) 402-8000 Fax: (518) 402-2209




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