Hunting, trapping seasons underway; Deer management permits still available

RAY BROOK — The state Department of Environmental Conservation is reminding trappers that a special permit is needed for fisher and martin, and that deer management permits may still be available outside of the Adirondacks.

Regular big-game hunting season for deer and bear are each underway and run through the beginning of December. Bobcat season has also started and will run through Feb. 15 next year. Raccoon, fox, coyote, opossum, skunk and weasel seasons are all also open.

Small-game seasons are also open for hare, cottontail, squirrel, pheasant, grouse, woodcock and crow.

Fisher and martin trapping seasons both opened on Nov. 1 in the Adirondacks and run through the end of the month. Fisher and martin trappers are required to have a special permit from the DEC, but that permit is free.

“All fisher and marten trappers must obtain a special, free permit from their regional wildlife office, submit a trapping activity log, and submit the skull or jaw from harvested fishers and martens,” the DEC says. “DEC’s wildlife managers rely on the information supplied by trappers to help manage populations of these popular furbearers.”

Trappers should contact their regional wildlife office or apply by email at wildlife@dec.ny.gov.

The DEC also said deer management permits are still available in some parts of the state and that applicants who have already paid the application fee can apply a second time for free.

“DMPs allow hunters to harvest extra antlerless deer and are issued for specific WMUs to control deer populations. In some Wildlife Management Units, all applicants received permits during the initial application process, and we did not reach the DMP target. In these units, DEC has reopened the DMP application process on a first-come, first-served basis,” the DEC said in a newsletter. “Hunters may apply for up to two additional DMPs in these WMUs at any DEC license sales outlet starting” this past Thursday.

None of the WMUs that have permits available are in the Adirondacks.