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For Release: Friday, September 28, 2018

DEC Reminds Hunters: Deer Management Permit Application Deadline Draws Near

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos reminded hunters today that the deadline to apply for deer management permits (DMPs) is October 1, 2018.

"Deer Management Permits are DEC's most effective wildlife management tool, and help balance deer herds with available habitat," Commissioner Seggos said. "I encourage all Hunters to apply by October 1st and help us advance our deer management goals."

Licensed hunters may apply for up to two deer management permits in specified Wildlife Management Units (WMUs). Hunters will know immediately whether or not they are selected to receive their deer management permits.

Sporting licenses and permits for the 2018-19 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. 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. The fee is waived for junior hunters and Lifetime License holders that purchased a Lifetime (Sportsman) License prior to Oct. 1, 2009.

"DEC's automated licensing system (DECALS) website is now mobile-friendly making it easier than ever to purchase licenses and permits," Commissioner Seggos said. "Sporting license customers can purchase licenses, privileges, and permits directly from their mobile device, as well as any computer or tablet."

Hunters should allow two weeks for delivery of their license and carcass tags when purchased online or by phone.

Take It, Tag It, and Report It

DEC encourages hunters to use the new e-license and game harvest reporting tool HuntFishNY. Through this mobile app, hunters, anglers, and trappers can access an electronic version of their licenses and privileges, and report the harvest of deer, bear, and turkey immediately while afield on their mobile device. Sportsmen and women can download this exciting new feature from the DEC's official mobile app, NY Fishing, Hunting & Wildlife by Pocket Ranger, which is available from either the Apple App or Google Play stores.

Harvest reporting is required and is critical to wildlife management. Wildlife managers use data supplied by hunters in their calculations for future harvest management quotas. For more information on reporting your game harvest, visit DEC's website.

Hunters are reminded to be a "Habitat Hero" this fall, by purchasing a $5 Habitat & Access Stamp. Donations help fund projects to protect and improve fish and wildlife habitat, and to improve public access for fish- and wildlife-related recreation. This year's stamp features a barred owl and is available through all license issuing outlets. Purchasing a Habitat & Access Stamp is the perfect way to contribute to healthy and sustainable fish and wildlife resources and habitat.

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