Expanded Hunting Opportunities Continue for the 2022-2023
New York State Department of
Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos
today announced hunting and trapping licenses and Deer Management Permits
(DMPs) for the 2022-2023 seasons are now on sale. Expanded hunting
opportunities offered last year are also available to hunters this year.
Yorkers enjoy hunting each year and DEC is excited to increase hunting
opportunities again this season for long-time hunters and new
participants to the sport," Commissioner Seggos said. "As
always, safety is a top priority and I remind all hunters to follow the
key principles of hunter safety before heading afield."
Licenses and permits can
be purchased online, at license-issuing agents, or by phone at
866-933-2257. The new hunting and trapping licenses are valid from Sept.
1, 2022, through Aug. 31, 2023. Annual fishing licenses are valid for 365
days from the date of purchase.
New York's habitat serves a
vital role in maintaining healthy and sustainable fish and wildlife
resources. Purchasing a hunting, fishing, or trapping license helps support
DEC's conservation projects and ensures the future of natural resources
for generations to come. DEC also encourages outdoor enthusiasts to
consider purchasing a Habitat
and Access Stamp each year. Funds from the $5 stamp
supports projects to conserve habitat and improve public access for fish-
and wildlife-related activities. This year's Habitat and Access Stamp
features a red eft, a juvenile eastern newt.
Expanded Call Center Hours
Beginning this week through
Nov. 30, the DEC Call Center is accessible from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday
through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. Regular call center
weekday hours will resume Dec. 1.
Individuals should have the
following items ready when buying a license:
Complete contact information (e.g. name, address, email address, telephone number);
DEC customer ID number (if applicable);
Proof of residency (e.g., driver's
license or non-driver's ID with a valid New York State address); and
If purchasing by phone or internet, a
valid credit card.
If not already entered in
DEC's automated licensing system, individuals are required to provide
proof of hunter or trapper education certification or a copy of a
previous license for all hunting and trapping license purchases. For
additional information, visit the General
Sporting License Information webpage on DEC's website.
Deer Management Permits (DMPs)
DMPs, the tags issued for
antlerless deer, are available at all license-issuing outlets, by phone,
or online through Oct. 1, 2022. DMPs are used to manage the deer herd and
are issued through an instant random selection process at the point of
sale. The chances of obtaining a DMP remain the same throughout the
application period; hunters need
not rush to apply. The 2022
chances of selection for a DMP in each Wildlife
Management Unit are available online, through license issuing agents, or
by calling the DMP Hotline at 1-866-472-4332. Detailed information
on Deer Management Permits and this
fall's Deer Season Forecast is available
on DEC's website.
The 2022-23 Hunting and
Trapping Regulations Guide, which provides an easy-to-read collection of
pertinent rules and regulations, is available on the DEC
hunting regulations webpage. Copies will be available at
Online and In-Person Hunter Education Training Courses
All first-time hunters,
bowhunters, and trappers must pass one or more courses before they can
purchase a license. Online and in-person courses are available.
In-person courses include a
field day where new hunters can get hands-on experience. All in-person
courses are free of charge, but space may be limited. Courses fill
quickly, so participants are encouraged to sign up early. Visit DEC's
website for more information, including a list of courses,
registration instructions, and how to obtain study materials.
The requirements to earn a
New York State hunter education certificate can also be met by completing
DEC's online hunter education course and passing the exam. Upon passing,
participants will receive a hunter education certificate to purchase a
hunting license. Participants must be New York State residents. The cost
of the course is $19.95. The online
course can be accessed at DEC's website.
New York State is also
offering an online bowhunter education certification course. Upon
passing, hunters will receive a bowhunter education certificate.
Participants must be New York State residents. The cost of the course is
$30. The online course can be accessed at DEC's website.
Additional Hunting Opportunities Continue
Additional deer hunting
opportunities initiated last year will continue in 2022. A special
early season for antlerless deer runs from Sept. 10 to
18, 2022, in select Wildlife Management Units. Twelve- and 13-year-old
hunters may pursue deer with a firearm or crossbow under the supervision
of a licensed adult hunter in counties that opt in to the program
(see Junior Big Game Hunting map and details),
and the new holiday deer hunt provides a second
portion of the late bow and muzzleloader season from Dec.
26 to Jan. 1 in the Southern Zone. These opportunities contribute to deer
management, allow for young hunters to be mentored by experienced adults,
and enable families and friends to hunt together during the holiday
Opportunities for Junior Hunters and Trappers
To foster the next generation
of responsible hunters and trappers in New York, DEC expanded
opportunities for junior hunters (licensees aged 12-15) by designating
special youth hunts for deer, wild turkey, pheasants, and waterfowl, as
well as opportunities for junior trappers (younger than 12 years old) by
establishing the trapper mentoring program. These opportunities allow
young hunters and trappers to spend time in the field with experienced
adults and gain the necessary knowledge and skills to become safe and
responsible members of the hunting and trapping community. More
information about these programs and other opportunities
for junior hunters and trappers is available on DEC's
Remember: Hunt Safe, Hunt Smart!
The number of
hunting-relating shooting incidents is declining, but even one incident
is too many. Hunters can prevent injuries and fatalities by following the
rules of hunting safety:
Assume every gun is loaded;
Control the muzzle in a safe direction;
Keep your finger off the trigger until firing;
Be sure of your target and beyond; and
Wear hunter orange or pink.
Tree stand falls are a major
cause of hunting injuries. These hunting-related injuries and fatalities
are easily preventable. Hunters are advised to use a full-body harness
and fall-arrest system and stay connected from the time they leave the
ground until the time they return. Hunters are advised to check stands
(including straps and chains) every season and replace worn or missing
parts. The proper use of tree stands and
full-body harnesses helps prevent injuries and fatalities.
legislation established new requirements for the purchase and transfer of
ownership of semi-automatic rifles and the purchase, possession, storage,
and transport of firearms and ammunition in New York. See the Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Recent Changes
to New York State Firearm Laws (PDF) on DEC's website for
initial guidance. More detailed information will be coming soon.
Keep Chronic Wasting Disease Out of New York
Hunters should take the
threat of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) seriously.
CWD is always fatal to deer, elk, moose, and caribou. If introduced, CWD
could spread rapidly and be practically impossible to eliminate once
established, threatening the future of New York's deer population,
hunting tradition, and many of the other benefits associated with deer.
The most effective disease management strategy is to prevent CWD from
entering New York. Hunters can help protect New York's deer herd from CWD
by following these tips:
If hunting any type of deer, elk, moose,
or caribou outside of New York, debone the animal before bringing it
back, and follow the law about importing carcass parts from outside of
New York. See CWD Regulations for Hunters. DEC
will confiscate and destroy illegally imported carcasses and parts;
Avoid products containing real deer
urine, like scent lures. Prions are shed in the bodily fluids (saliva,
feces, urine) of infected deer before they appear sick. Prions bind to
soil and plants where they remain infectious for years. There is no way
to ensure that products containing deer urine are free of prions.
Instead, choose synthetic alternatives;
Dispose of carcass waste in a landfill,
not on the landscape;
Hunt only wild deer and support fair
chase hunting principles; and
Report any deer that appears sick or is
Hunters: Want Older Bucks in New York? It's Your Choice
Many deer hunters dream of
seeing and shooting a large buck, but there is great temptation for a
hunter to take the first buck they see, often a young buck, when the
opportunity presents itself. New York hunters can increase the likelihood
they will harvest an older, larger buck, simply by choosing to pass up
shots at young, small-antlered bucks. Older bucks create more rubs and
scrapes, are more challenging to hunt, and yield more meat -- all things
that may enhance the deer hunting experience.
Many New York hunters are
already voluntarily choosing to pass on young bucks.
As a result, the availability and harvest of older, larger-antlered bucks
To see and take more older
bucks, DEC encourages hunters to work with neighbors and hunting partners
to cooperatively reduce harvest of young bucks, improve habitat
conditions, and ensure adequate harvest of antlerless deer. For
more information, go to DEC's website.