The NYS DEC is urging hunters to apply for their doe management permits (DMPs) as early as possible. The motivation behind this is revealed in one sentence in a recent press release: “To date, applications for deer management permits have been slightly lower than in previous years.”

On one hand, I find the slow DMP sales surprising, particularly because the new licensing structure lowers the cost of licenses and permits for most of us. On the other hand, many of us are feeling the pinch of this slow economy where the cost of everything else seems to be going up.

I find this all particularly concerning, because there are simply too many doe in many parts of New York State. As recently as late August, it would not be unusual to see a spotted fawn. This is unmistakeable evidence of late breeding and of a herd that is out of balance.

Not only do NY hunters need to get their DMPs as urged by the DEC, but we should all focus our efforts to fill every tag we can with a doe. Although its not so easy to brag about the doe in the freezer versus the 8 point on the wall, it's on our responsibility to do our part to restore balance in the whitetail population.

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QuiverMeTimbers, 5 years ago

The doe population is ridiculous

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