St. Lawrence County residents can now buy hunting, trapping licenses and permits
Thursday, August 14, 2014 - 2:39 pm

New York hunting and trapping licenses and Deer Management Permits (DMPs) for the 2014-15 season are now available for purchase, according to a press release from the state Department of Environmental Conservation

They can be purchased at any of the 1,100 licensed sales outlets in the state, such as those at sporting goods stores and departments, and municipal clerks’ offices.

Town clerks in St. Lawrence County will likely prefer that people get their licenses and permits through them, but they can also be ordered by telephone or online (http://www.dec.ny.gov/permits/6101.html).

The 2014-2015 hunting and trapping licenses are valid for one year beginning Sept. 1, 2014. Fishing licenses and recreational marine fishing registrations are now valid for 365 days from date-of-purchase, under a new law that took effect in February.

Some of the funds from the sale of sporting licenses are deposited into the Conservation Fund, which is used to manage New York's fish and wildlife populations and protect and manage fish and wildlife habitat.

New York has streamlined the hunting and fishing license structure, made it consistent for resident and non-residents, and reduced license fees. Some hunters and anglers may not be familiar with these license changes, but with the introduction of new software this year, it may take license-issuing agents some additional time to find previous license holders in the system. DEC asks that license purchasers remain patient as these agents gain experience with this new system.

License-issuing agents can help license buyers navigate changes in the regulations and secure all the desired permits and privileges. Highlights of the changes are available on DEC’s website: http://www.dec.ny.gov/permits/95007.html.

Hunting and trapping regulation guides are available at all license issuing outlets, as well as at http://www.dec.ny.gov/permits/6101.html. A new fishing regulations guide will be available next spring.

For deer hunters, DMPs, or “doe tags,” will be available at all license issuing outlets and can also be obtained by phone, internet, or mail, 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, hunters can review the 2014 chances of selection for DMPs in each Wildlife Management Unit on DEC's website at http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/30409.html.

In St. Lawrence County, WMU 6A covers roughly the area north of US Rt. 11, 6C covers the area south of that to the Adirondack Park Blue Line, and 6F and 6J roughly cover the part of the county in the Adirondack Park.

Charts of the chances of selection are also available at License Issuing Agent locations, or on the DMP Hotline at 1-866-472-4332. The chances of obtaining 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 October 1, the sale of the remaining DMPs will commence on November 1, and continue on a first-come, first-served 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. For information about Bonus DMPs, see DEC's website at http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/10001.html.

An outline on how DMP targets are set and permits are issued is available on DEC's website at http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/47743.html. 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 at http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/37304.html.