RAY?BROOK - Hunting, fishing and trapping licenses and Deer Management Permits for the 2013-2014 season became available for purchase on Monday, the state Department of Environmental Conservation announced.
Licenses and permits can be purchased at many sporting good stores, such as Blue Line Sports in Saranac Lake and Jones Outfitters in Lake Placid. They can also be ordered by telephone or online. The licenses are valid starting Oct. 1.
License buyers should have the following items ready when applying: complete name and address information, customer ID number if you have it, proof of residency information (driver's license number or non-driver's ID number with a valid New York address to qualify for a resident license), and, if purchasing by phone or internet, a credit card and card expiration date. Hunting license purchases require individuals to provide proof of a hunting education certification or a copy of a previous license, if this information is not already contained in their DECALS file.
Fishing licenses for next season went on sale Monday. Here, a woman fishes the West Branch of the AuSable River.
(Enterprise photo — Mike Lynch)
Sales of all sporting licenses are deposited into the Conservation Fund, which is used to manage New York's fish and wildlife populations and protect and manage wildlife habitat.
The hunting and fishing season for 2013-2014 will reflect the following changes.
-Youth Firearms Deer Season will occur over Columbus Day weekend, Oct. 12-14.
-The Deer Management Focus Area will continue in central Tompkins County to assist communities in the Ithaca area with the burden of overabundant deer populations.
-Mandatory Antler Restrictions (3 points on one side minimum) remain in effect in Wildlife Management Units 3A, 3C, 3H, 3J, 3K, 4G, 4O, 4P, 4R, 4S, and 4W during all seasons for all hunters 17 years and older.
Additional details are listed in the Hunting and Trapping Regulations Guide, which is available on DEC's website (www.dec.ny.gov) or at any hunting and fishing license sales agent.
The Freshwater Fishing Regulations Guide has been restructured for 2013 to make it easier for anglers to find the information they need. Special regulations now follow immediately after the statewide fishing regulations in the front of the guide, and information for major resources can now be found immediately after the regional regulations for the DEC region(s) where they are located.
In addition to hunting and fishing licenses, outdoorsmen are also encouraged to participate in other programs. They include the Habitat Access Stamp Program, Venison Donation Coalition, Conservation Fund and the Trail Maintenance Program. To participate in one of those programs, call 866-933-2257 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Deer management permits
With an exceptionally mild winter two years ago and below average winter conditions in most of the state again last year, deer populations have grown despite generally increasing antlerless harvests the past few years. Accordingly, DEC will be issuing approximately 18 percent more deer management permits this year. DEC issues DMPs to control antlerless harvest and move the deer population closer toward objective levels in each Wildlife Management Unit.
DMPs will be available at all license issuing outlets and can also be obtained by phone, internet or mail, from Aug. 12 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. For planning purposes, review the 2013 chances of selection for DMPs in each WMU on DEC's website.
Charts of the chances of selection are also available at license issuing agent locations, or on the DMP Hotline at 866-472-4332. Chances of getting a DMP remain the same throughout the application period - 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, leftover DMP sales will commence on Nov. 1, and 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. Additionally, Bonus DMPs will be available in the bowhunting-only WMUs 3S, 4J, and 8C and in WMUs 1C.
An outline on how DMP targets are set and permits are issued is available on DEC's website. Hunters are reminded that DMPs are only valid for antlerless deer in the WMU specified on the permit.
To learn more about what to expect for deer hunting throughout the state this fall, see Deer Hunting Season Forecasts on DEC's website.