New York State Hunting, Fishing Licenses Go On Sale Tomorrow

The 2013-14 hunting, fishing and trapping licenses and Deer Management Permits (DMPs) go on sale beginning Monday.

Licenses and permits can be purchased at one of DEC’s 1,500 license sales outlets statewide. All sporting licenses are valid beginning Oct. 1 through Sept. 30, 2014.

The Department of Environmental Conservation Automated Licensing System (DECALS) is New York State’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.

For questions regarding license purchases, please call the DECALS Call Center at (1-866-933-2257). Hours of operation are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday from Monday to Oct. 1. Regular weekday hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. will resume on Oct. 2.

License buyers should have the following items ready when applying: complete name and address information, customer ID number, proof of residency information (driver’s license number or non-driver’s ID number to qualify for a resident license), and, if purchasing by phone or Internet, 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.

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 wildlife habitat.

The DEC issues Deer Management Permits (DMPs), often called doe tags, to move the population closer toward objective levels in each wildlife management unit. The target DMP allocation for 2013 varies by unit depending on the management objective. Applicants are reminded that DMPs are only valid for antlerless deer in the WMU specified on the permit.

For hunters in the J9 area, the odds of getting your first choice in the J9 are high and second choice are also high the same DMP, K9 hunter will have the same odds for the first choice but no permits will be issued for second choice..

DMPs will be available at all license issuing outlets and by phone, Internet or mail, from Monday through close of business Oct. 1. DMPs are issued through a random-selection process at the point of sale, and customers who are selected for DMPs will receive their permits immediately. Chances of getting a DMP remain the same throughout the application period (Monday through Oct. 1), so hunters do not need to rush to apply for a DMP on the first day of sale.

If a significant number of DMPs are still available in a WMU after Oct. 1, remaining DMP sales will commence on Nov. 1 and will continue on a first-come/first-serve basis until the end of the hunting season or until all DMPs have been issued in the WMU.

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Hunters and trappers are reminded that some WMU boundaries have changed. It is very important that hunters and trappers review the new WMU boundaries to apply for a DMP in the correct unit. The boundary changes also affect some season dates, bag limits, and open areas for big and small game, turkey, waterfowl, and furbearers.