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DEC announces that 2014-15 sporting licenses are now available

August 20, 2014

NEW YORK STATE — Hunting and trapping licenses, and Deer Management Permits (DMPs) for the 2014-15 season are now available for purchase, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Joe Martens announced.

“New York is home to some of the best hunting, trapping and fishing opportunities in the nation,” Commissioner Martens said. “Governor Cuomo’s NY Open for Fishing and Hunting initiative is creating new and improved, year-round recreation opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts, and DEC continues to develop and manage programs to enhance the outdoor experience while protecting our state’s natural resources. Hunting and trapping licenses and the DMPs will enable sportsmen and sportswomen to enjoy these outdoor opportunities for the 2014-15 season.”

Sporting licenses and permits can be purchased at one of DEC’s 1,100 license sales outlets statewide. Licenses can also be ordered by telephone or online. The 2014-2015 hunting and trapping licenses are valid for one year, beginning September 1. (Under a new law that took effect in February, fishing licenses and recreational marine fishing registrations are now valid for 365 days from date of purchase.) Funds from the sale of all sporting licenses are deposited into the Conservation Fund, which is used to manage New York’s fish and wildlife populations and protect and manage fish and wildlife habitats.

As part of the NY Open for Fishing and Hunting Initiative, New York streamlined the hunting and fishing license structure, made it consistent for resident and non-residents, and reduced license fees. Some hunters and anglers may not be familiar with these license changes, but license-issuing agents are prepared to provide assistance and ensure that license buyers secure all the desired permits and privileges. Highlights of the changes are available on DEC’s website.

In addition, the new hunting and trapping regulation guides are available at all license issuing outlets, as well as on DEC website. A new fishing regulations guide will be available next spring.