ALBANY — The state Department of Environmental Conservation will issue "Bonus Deer Management Permits" to kill antlerless deer of either sex in areas of high deer population this fall, in efforts to thin the herd.
Bonus permits will be issued starting Tuesday in Suffolk, Westchester, eastern Albany and central Monroe counties.
Bonus permits are issued to increase hunter participation and antlerless deer harvest in areas with abundant deer. These permits are available to hunters who take an antlerless deer on a regular permit or a bonus permit in one of the four units. There's no fee, and applicants won't have to present a deer head or carcass to get one as they did in the past.
The agency says increasing the number of traditional doe permits hasn't been effective in reducing deer numbers in many areas.