NY DMP Application Fee Doesn’t Make Sense

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    FNW Staff
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    By Steve Piatt

    I really couldn’t understand when DEC a couple years back decided to
    slap a $10 application fee – that’s to apply, not necessarily receive –
    on Deer Management Permits.

    And I still don’t. After all, it’s the antlerless deer harvest that
    generally dictates the size of the state’s deer herd, and DEC doles out
    those tags in an effort to achieve the kill biologists are hoping for to
    manage the state’s whitetails.

    So why run the risk of pricing hunters out of the woods? Sure, that’s
    not likely to happen and most of us grudgingly ate the $10 fee and took
    our shots at securing DMPs. But when the state wants and actually needs
    us out there, it seemed to me – and still seems – the DEC sometimes
    forgets we’re the chief management tool when it comes to controlling the
    state’s whitetail numbers.

    Other times, I firmly believe the DEC “gets it.” The department’s
    continued move toward loosened restrictions designed to get hunters out
    there and keep them out there to achieve the deer harvest they desire
    shows that. But I’m still hung up on this DMP application fee. I would
    think the last thing the state wants to do is leave a sour taste in the
    mouth of a hunter who applies and doesn’t receive the tag, but is still
    out the 10 bucks anyway. Thank you for playing.

    But when you think about it, does much about deer management make
    sense? States essentially “hire” hunters to head afield and do their job
    in keep deer numbers in check, yet we pay them for the privilege. Go
    figure.

    I don’t have the answers to it all, but I still think the application
    fee could – and should – be dropped. It’s like paying a cover charge and
    then having a bouncer tell you you still can’t go inside, isn’t it?

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    #123029

    FNW Staff
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    I personally have noticed a big increase in doe populations in 4F. Before the fee was implemented you really didn’t see deer crossing the road until close to hunting season and during the rut. For the last 12 months it’s 24/7. Every morning when I’m on the road taking the wife to work, I encounter deer. Almost took a pair of twin fawns out this morning. No matter what time of the year it is I have deer darting out in front of me. It’s getting out of control.

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