ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Licenses for the upcoming hunting, fishing and trapping seasons are now on sale at sporting outlets across New York.

Licenses can be purchased at one of the Department of Environmental Conservation's 1,500 license sales outlets statewide as well as through the DEC website.

The 2013-2014 sporting licenses are valid beginning October 1.

State biologists say the deer population has grown despite increasing antlerless harvests the past few years. That's attributed to an exceptionally mild winter in 2011/12 and below average winter conditions in most of the state again in 2012/13. In response, DEC will issue about 18 percent more deer management permits which allow killing antlerless deer.