Deer Management Permits (DMPs) for the 2014-15 season are now available for purchase. Because too few female deer are being taken to reduce populations as needed across the Lake Plains, Finger Lakes Region, Mohawk Valley, and Long Island, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation DEC will be issuing approximately 17 percent more Deer Management Permits (DMPs; tags for antlerless deer) this year. DEC issues DMPs to control antlerless harvest and move the deer population closer toward objective levels in each Wildlife Management Unit (WMU).

DMPs will be available at all license issuing outlets and can also be obtained by phone, internet, or mail, through close of business Oct. 1, 2014. 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.

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 Oct. 1, the sale of the remaining DMPs will commence on Nov. 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 Wildlife Management Units. For information about bonus DPMs, visit DEC’s website at