Watertown Daily Times | Hooks and Antlers: Hunting and trapping licenses now available

Anticipation of the next outing or the next season brings joy to the sportsman or woman, and as we look forward to the arrival of this autumn’s hunting seasons, an important order of business is to purchase the appropriate licenses.

Hunting and trapping licenses for the various 2017-18 seasons are now on sale at all license-issuing agents.

Also, licenses are available by contacting the DEC Call Center which will have expanded hours during August and September. The call center number is 1-866-933-2257, and hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays.

Licenses are also available on-line at www.dec.ny.gov.

LICENSE INFORMATION

Information on the qualifications to purchase, the privileges afforded, resident fees, and non-resident fees is available on-line as well as on pages 12-14 of both the current guide and the new 2017-18 guide.

Hunting and trapping licenses are valid for one year beginning on Sept. 1, but fishing licenses are valid for one year from the date of purchase.

DEER MANAGEMENT PERMITS

Deer Management Permits (DMPs) are available at license-issuing outlets, by phone, and on-line through Oct. 1.

Used to manage the population of antlerless deer, DMPs are issued via a random selection process. The chances of obtaining a DMP remain the same throughout the application period, and the odds of selection for first and second DMPs for residents and non-residents can be viewed at the DEC website.

Those odds are also posted at license-issuing outlets and are available by calling the DMP hotline at 1-866-472-4332.

I hunt in Wildlife Management Unit (WMU) 6C where preference points are typically needed to acquire a first DMP and where second DMPs are not an option.

Although I have two preference points to my credit, I did not receive a DMP for the coming season. In fact, I couldn’t even apply for a DMP because only landowners with 50 or more acres are…

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