Albany -_DEC is waiving the newly created $10 Deer Management
Permit application fee for holders of several licenses under a
proposal set to be put into effect this fall.
The $10 DMP application fee, put into effect as part of a
sweeping overhaul of the state’s sporting license structure, will
be waived for holders of nonresident or resident junior hunting or
bowhunting licenses, as well as for lifetime sportsmen license
holders who buy that license before Oct. 1.
In addition, DEC’s proposal – public comments may be offered
through the end of August – sets an Oct. 1 deadline for the initial
DMP_application period and also prohibits the sale of DMPs.
The DMP waiver issue surfaced shortly after the license hike
proposal was unveiled. Initially, the plan included a DMP_fee
waiver for buyers of the Super Sportsman license. That, however,
would essentially would have made Super Sportsman licenses $18
cheaper than Conservation Legacy licenses, sparking fears that
fewer Conservation Legacy licenses would be purchased.
Conservation Legacy licenses, which include a habitat-access
stamp and a subscription to DEC’s magazine, The Conservationist,
did not receive the waiver of the $10 DMP application fee.
“There’s no logic to it at all,”_said Wally John, DEC’s special
projects coordinator, of the proposed waiver of the Super Sportsman
license-buyers’ DMP application fees.
John predicted the Super Sportsman DMP fee waiver would have
meant about $1.3 million is lost revenues to a cash-strapped
The now-rescinded Super Sportsman DMP_fee waiver came about
during the final days of negotiations over the state budget, in
which the New York State Farm Bureau lobbied for the DMP fee
Farm Bureau spokesman Peter Gregg confirmed that the
organization was opposed to the DMP application fees – not just for
Super Sportsman license buyers, but for all hunters.
DMPs, which allow hunters to harvest antlerless deer, are the
major mechanism for controlling deer numbers, and Farm Bureau
officials voiced concerns that the $10 fee would slow sales and
result in too low a deer take.
The state’s Conservation Fund Advisory Board, at its April
meeting, approved a motion asking DEC not to waive the DMP fee for
Super Sportsman license purchasers in an effort to maintain
Conservation Legacy license sales. The board voiced concerns that,
with the waiver for Super Sportsman hunters, many license buyers
would drift away from the Conservation Legacy license because of
DEC had the latitude to waive the DMP_fee; the new law setting
the license fee structure says the department “may waive” the $10
DMP application fee.
The Oct. 1 DMP application deadline is being established since
the existing Oct. 15 deadline “will unnecessarily complicate DMP
processing and issuance,”_DEC officials said in their proposal.
“Oct. 15 is very close to the opening of the Southern Zone
bowhunting season, and the department strives to complete DMP
issuance prior to that date,” the proposal stated. “The Oct. 1
application deadline is needed to ensure that hunters receive their
DMPs in time for hunting.”
DEC officials also said that the sale of DMP permits – which is
currently not illegal – was identified last year as “an emerging
law enforcement concern.
“Several regions uncovered schemes to sell DMPs via several
commercial Internet outlets,” the proposal said. “If this situation
is allowed to proliferate, the sale of DMPs will compromise deer
management by complicating the calculation of DMP_quotas that are
based on hunter participation and success.”
Comments on the proposals can be sent to Gordon R. Batcheller,
New York State DEC, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-4754; or by
e-mail to WildlifeRegs@gw.dec.state.ny.us.