It's nice to get a deer early in the season, but then what do you do? Get another one. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation will make more permits available beginning November 1. Even if the freezer is full of meat, you can donate the deer to feed the hungry.

In an effort to control deer populations, the DEC issues more permits when the desired number of deer aren't taken. The permits will be issued on a first come-first serve basis and will only be available at licensed sales outlets. No permits will be awarded over the phone, via e-mail, or internet.

Permits are available for the following regions. The map below shows the Wildlife Management Regions.

1C, 3M, 3R, 3S (bowhunting-only), 7F, 7H, 7J, 7R, 8A, 8C (bowhunting-only), 8F, 8G, 8H, 8J, 8N, 8R, 9A, 9F, and 9G.

Bonus permits are available for hunters who already took an antlerless deer in these 4 regions: 1C, 3S, 4J, or 8C.

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The permits are only available while supplies last, to get the latest count on open permits at the DEC's webpage or call the hotline: 1-866-472-4332. If you've already paid the $10 fee, you won't be charged again. If you have more venison that you can eat, the DEC has a donation site that gives the meat to the needy.

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