DMP odds posted for this season

Staff report

Albany – DEC deer management gurus haven’t released unit-by-unit
Deer Management Permit allocations, but you can get an idea of what
your odds of obtaining a DMP are this season.

DEC has posted the selection process and “probabilities” of
receiving DMPs in individual Wildlife Management Units this fall
and reminded hunters their odds of being selected for a DMP are the
same on the first day of the application period (Aug. 14) as
they’ll be on the last day (Oct. 1) permits can be acquired.

DEC officials determine the probability of receiving a DMP by
determining the desired antlerless deer harvest in each unit and
then estimating – based on past seasons – the number of hunters who
will apply in each WMU.

For resident hunters with no “preference points,” the odds of
receiving a first DMP will be high – better than two out of three –
in WMUs 3F, 3G, 3J, 3M, 3N, 3R, 4B, 4Z, 6P, 7F, 7H, 7J, 7R, 7S, 8A,
8F, 8G, 8H, 8J, 8N, 8R, 8S, 8X, 8Y, 9A, 9F, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9N, 9R and
9S.

Hunters will also have a “high” chance of getting a second DMP
in 3R, 8A, 8F, 8G and 8J.

In addition, hunters’ odds will be high for both a first and
second permit in archery-only units 1C, 3S, 4J and 8C, although
this year there will be no leftover DMPs available in 4J and
8C.

Hunters’ chances of securing a DMP will be “medium” – one-third
to two-thirds of the applicants will be successful in WMUs 3P, 4T,
4Z, 6H, 6S, 7A, 7M, 9M and 9Y without preference points. New York
residents’ chances will also be medium of getting a second DMP in
3M, 6P, 7H, 7R and 8H.

Residents’ odds will be “low” – fewer than one of three – in
WMUs 3C, 3K, 6G, 6R, 8P, 8T, 8W, 9K and 9T for the first tag, and
will also be low in 3F, 3J, 7F, 7J and 8N if you’re looking for a
second DMP and have no preference points.

Preference points – acquired by previously applying for and
being denied a DMP, by owning 50 or more contiguous acres in a WMU,
or through disabled veteran status – will be required for residents
to receive a first DMP in WMUs 3H, 4A, 4C, 4F, 4G, 4H, 4N, 5K, 5N,
5P, 5R, 6A, 6K, 9P, 9W and 9X. Preference points boost your chances
of securing a DMP but don’t guarantee you’ll receive a tag.

Only landowners and applicants with three preference points will
receive DMPs in 5K, 5N and 5P, according to DEC’s announcement.

Preference points will also be required for residents to receive
a second DMP in WMUs 8R, 8X, 8Y and 9F.

No DMPs will be issued in several WMUs – 3A, 4K, 4L, 4M, 4O, 4P,
4R, 4S, 4U, 4X, 5A, 5C, 5F, 5G, 5H, 5J, 6C, 6F, 6J and 6N.

Second DMPs will not be available in 4A, 4B, 4C, 4F, 4G, 4H, 4N,
4T, 4Y, 4Z, 5K, 5N, 5P, 5R, 6A, 6G, 6H, 6K, 6R, 6S, 7A, 7M, 7S, 8M,
8P, 8S, 8T, 8W, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M, 9N, 9P, 9R, 9S, 9T, 9W, 9X and
9Y.

Odds for non-resident hunters differ from unit to unit. In many
WMUs, non-resident hunters won’t be eligible for DMPs.

For more information on the DMP selection process, go to DEC’s
Web site at www.dec.state.ny.us. Once there, look under “Subject
Index” and click on “Deer Hunting” then go to “Deer Management
Permits.”

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