From New York Department of Environmental Conservation
-- New York 2011-2012 hunting, fishing, and trapping licenses and Deer Management Permits (DMPs) may be purchased beginning Monday, August 15. New licenses are valid Oct. 1 through Sept. 30, 2012.
The annual hunting and trapping and fishing regulations guide books, may not be available at license sales outlets Aug. 15. Those purchasing a license and not receiving a guide can download a copy from the DEC website (http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/37136.html for the hunting/trapping guide and http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/7917.html for the fishing guide) or return to any license vendor at a later date and request the guides desired.
For questions regarding license purchases, call (866)933-2257 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday from Aug.15 to Oct. 15. Regular 8 a.m .to 5 p.m. hours resume Oct. 17.
Hunting license purchases require individuals to provide proof of hunting education certification or a copy of a previous license.
Hunters and trappers should be aware of several new regulations in effect for 2011-2012. These include:
* Crossbows may now be used for hunting big game (deer and bear) during the early bear season, regular firearms seasons, the special January firearms season in Suffolk County, and all late muzzleloading seasons. See www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/68802.html for more information.
* Recent legislation lowered the minimum age for youth hunters to purchase a Junior Bowhunting license for big game hunting from 14 to 12 years of age. See the Junior Hunter Mentoring Program for detailed information on youth hunting requirements online at http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/46245.htm.
* Bear hunting is now open in new areas in eastern New York and bear hunting season dates in central and western New York have been modified to create a uniform season across the Southern Zone.
* See Deer and Bear Hunting Seasons for season dates and locations online at http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/28605.html.
* New legislation now allows use of rifles for big game hunting in Wyoming and Cortland counties and in the portion of Chautauqua County south of Route 20.
Details for each of these regulation changes is available in the 2011-2012 Hunting and Trapping Regulations Guide www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/37136.html.
Deer Management Permits
Target Deer Management Permit allocation for 2011 varies by unit depending on the management objective. Approximately 10 percent more DMPs will be issued this year. In addition to the Adirondack and Tug Hill units where DMPs are not authorized, WMUs 3A, 4L, 4S, 4U, and 4Z will be closed for DMPs in 2011. DMPs are only valid for antlerless deer in the WMU specified on the permit. DMP maps can be found online at http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/8302.html).
DMPs will be available at all license issuing outlets, by phone, internet or mail from Aug. 15 through Oct.1. They 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 selection in each WMU are available at License Issuing Agent locations, by calling (866)472-4332 or online at www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/30409.html.