Deadline for applications is Oct. 1
The state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) will be selling one-year hunting, trapping and deer management permits through Oct. 1. Deer management permits are issued through a random selection process. All new hunters and trappers must complete a free mandatory education course. To locate a course or purchase a permit, visit www.dec.ny.gov or call 866-933-2257.
Special permits are also available for junior hunters (ages 12 to 15) and trappers (under 12) for deer, wild turkey, pheasants and waterfowl.
New York has more than 500,000 licensed hunters, and last year was the first since the 1950s in which no hunters were killed, which the DEC attributes in part to its training requirement.