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For Release: Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Deer Management Assistance Permits (DMAP) Available for Beaver Meadow State Forest in Chenango County

Hunters Must Apply in Person at DEC Lands and Forest Office in Sherburne

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Office in Sherburne, NY, will once again have Deer Management Assistance Permits (DMAP) available for use this hunting season on Beaver Meadow State Forest in Chenango County. Individuals with a valid state hunting license are eligible to take advantage of the DMAP program that has been approved for Beaver Meadow. The forest, consisting of approximately 5,816 acres of land in the towns of Smyrna and Otselic in Chenango County, has been part of the DMAP program for the past three years. DMAP tags are valid only for antlerless deer. Last year, 69 antlerless deer were taken under the DMAP program in the county.

DEC foresters have determined that browsing by deer is negatively impacting the state forest beyond what traditional hunting and forest management can address. Tree regeneration, wildflowers and other herbaceous plants have been repeatedly damaged and degraded by persistent overbrowsing by deer.

"By focusing additional hunting in a targeted area for an extended amount of time, the forest will have an opportunity for tree regeneration to grow above the browse height of deer," noted DEC Regional Director Ken Lynch. "This is a great opportunity for hunters to take an additional deer while also helping with forest management."

Hunters may apply in person between 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the DEC Lands and Forest Office, 2715 State Highway 80 in Sherburne. Deer Management Assistance Program tags are available for use on the forest during both the regular and bow hunting seasons. Tags will be loaned out for two-week periods, determined by an on-going lottery, depending on hunter demand. The DMAP application for Beaver Meadow State Forest is available online. More information about Beaver Meadow State Forest, including a map of the forest, can be found online.

DMAP tags will be used on Beaver Meadow State Forest for a period of time, typically about four to seven years, based on the success of the program. The end result will be healthier forests and better habitat for deer and other flora and fauna that have been missing or greatly reduced in the forest due to over browsing by deer.

For further information, contact the Sherburne Lands and Forests office at 607-674-4017.

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