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DEC announces hunting licenses, DMP’s now on sale

August 12, 2019 12:00 pm Updated: August 12, 2019 12:19 pm

DEC announced this week that sporting licenses and Deer Management Permits (DMPs) for the 2019-20 season are now on sale. 

Hunting, fishing and trapping licenses will remain for sale throughout the year while 2019-20 DMPs are available at all license-issuing outlets, by phone, or online through Oct. 1, 2019.

The new hunting and trapping licenses are valid from Sept. 1, 2019 through Aug. 31, 2020, while annual fishing licenses are valid for 365 days from date of purchase.

For those looking to get a hard copy of the Hunting Regulations Guide, they will not be available until later this month. However, the electronic version is currently available at https://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/37136.html.

As for DMPs, commonly referred to as “Doe Permits,” DEC says they, “… are used to manage the deer herd and are issued through an instant random selection process at the point of sale. The chances of obtaining a DMP remain the same throughout the application period-hunters need not rush to apply for one. 

The 2019 chances of selection for a DMP in each Wildlife Management Unit are available online, through license issuing agents, or by calling the DMP Hotline at 1-866-472-4332. Detailed information on Deer Management Permits is available on DEC’s website.”

Expanded Call Center Hours

DEC also announced expanded Call Center hours for this year. This gives you more opportunities to buy your hunting, fishing, trapping license, or DMP by phone. 

“Beginning Aug. 1, the DEC Call Center is accessible from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays through Oct. 1. Regular call center weekday hours (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) will resume on Oct. 2.” 

To purchase your license by phone, the number is 866-933-2257. You can also buy your license or permit online. Go to www.dec.ny.gov, click on “2019 Sporting Licenses On Sale Now,” then follow the prompts.

Buying a license is important as money generated from their sale is a critical source of funds for conservation in NYS. DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos said, “Buying a license helps support DEC’s many important conservation efforts and is the first step before heading out next season to safely and responsibly enjoy this great sport.”  

I couldn’t agree more. Those hunting license dollars go into the Conservation Fund which, among other things, directly supports our Environmental Conservation Officer’s (ECOs) efforts to combat poaching. Let’s make sure that money, estimated at over $30 million annually, is well spent.

We can all show our support for conservation efforts by urging reversal of Commissioner Seggos’ ridiculous recent policy change that stops ECOs from fighting poaching on state land. Many hunters do not own property to hunt on, and even those who do, find great hunting opportunities on state and public land. 

How long will that last now that ECOs can’t proactively patrol it for game violations? Prior to the commissioner’s change in the “Delineation of Duties” of ECOs and Forest Rangers just last month, ECOs consistently and successfully arrested those stealing your fish, game and wildlife on the vast state lands of NY. 

Game hogging poachers on state land should have an easier time of it this year as the 100 or so Forest Rangers in the state, who are not trained to be fish & game enforcers, have taken on that immensely challenging task alone. 

The new policy kicks ECOs off state land. It’s our license money. Its time we demand it be better spent and not wasted “fixing” what’s not broken.

Happy Hunting, Trapping, & Fishing until next time.

Remember to report poaching violations by calling 1-844-DEC-ECOS. 

News and Notes

NY Bowhunters Still Has Slots for Bowhunters Youth Camp on August 24 and 25 

The local chapter of NY Bowhunters is seeking kids aged 11 through 16 to attend their free Bowhunters Youth Camp scheduled for August 24 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. & Sunday August 25 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 

It will be held at the Earlton Fish & Game Club at 56 Potic Creek Road in Earlton. All attendees earn their NYS Bowhunter Safety Certificate. The staff includes a former collegiate archery coach, and the program features woodsmanship, tree stand use and safety, land navigation, blood trailing, knot tying, plus much more. 

Equipment will be provided, or you can bring your own. Lunch will be provided both days. All expenses are covered by the volunteers of NY Bowhunters. You must pre-register as slots are limited. 

Contact NYB Region 4 Representative, Ed Gorch at 518-634-7139, or via email at oldbowman48@gmail.com to register or for more information.

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