With 2012-13 hunting licenses now available, we have updated information on our website to help you plan your deer hunting activities.
- DMP Availability and Probability of Selection - www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/30409.html This page shows which Wildlife Management Units will have Deer Management Permits (doe tags), and what hunters' odds are for being selected for a DMP.
- 2012 Deer Season Forecasts - www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/37304.html In particular, you will be interested in the regional reports which contain unit-by-unit forecasts from our regional field biologists.
- 2012-13 New York State Hunting and Trapping Guide - For current hunting regulations, season dates and bag limits, sunrise/sunset chart, and a number of wildlife and hunting related articles, you can download the at www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/37136.html or scroll through the entire guide online at www.eregulations.com/newyork/hunting.
Also, please report sick or dead deer to DEC.
DEC needs your help identifying outbreaks of epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD) (www.dec.ny.gov/animals/39767.html), a fatal virus transmitted to deer by biting midges, generally known as "no see-ums" or "gnats." Infections commonly occur in late summer and early fall. Sick deer have small bruises in the mouth and nose and swelling of the head, neck, tongue and lips. A large number of sick or dead deer may be found in a small area, particularly in or near water sources. Though no outbreaks have been detected in New York yet this year, we previously had limited EHD outbreaks in 2007 in Albany and Niagara counties and in 2011 in Rockland County. The virus is not a problem for humans or domestic animals but can have a locally significant impact on deer populations. If you encounter a sick deer or an unusual number of dead deer, please report it to your nearest DEC regional wildlife office (www.dec.ny.gov/about/50230.html).