The NY Department of Environmental Conservation is reporting nearly triple the sale in hunting and trapping licenses for 2020 as there were in 2019, and more than double the number of registrants for their hunter education courses in 2020, as there were in 2019.
Because of the spread of Covid 19, the DEC transformed the Hunter Ed program to offer online certification, which proved to be popular, with 105-per cent increase over the in-person courses offered in 2019. More than 76,800 people registered for the online Hunter Ed course and 40,278 completed it..
Nearly 70 percent of those completing the online course are 21 or over, and almost 40 percent of participants are women. The new online Bowhunter Ed course has seen more than 20,980 registered participants and 10,934 have completed it. The online courses have been extended indefinitely, and are available on the DEC website, but in-person courses are resuming, and they include a field component.
Licenses and permits for hunting and fishing can now be purchased at any one of DEC’s license-issuing agents, onicense-issuing agents, online, or by telephone at 866-933-2257. The new hunting and trapping licenses are valid from Sept. 1, 2020, through Aug. 31, 2021, while annual fishing licenses are valid for 365 days from date of purchase. Deer management permits are also available at all license-issuing outlets, by phone, or online through Oct. 1, 2020.
Detailed information on Deer Management Permits and this fall’s Deer Season Forecast is available on DEC’s website. The new Hunting and Trapping Regulations Guide, an easy-to-read compendium of pertinent rules and regulations, is available on the DEC Hunting Regulations webpage. A summary of hunting and trapping regulations is currently available at license issuing agents, and copies of the full hunting and trapping regulations guide are available at license issuing agents.
DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos said recently, “With New Yorkers looking for more ways to enjoy the outdoors during the COVID-19 pandemic, we are seeing tremendous interest in outdoor recreation and in the sports of fishing, hunting, and trapping, including record sales of big game hunting and trapping licenses.
New York is home to some of the best hunting and fishing opportunities in the nation. DEC’s efforts to make sure hunters and anglers are able to purchase fishing, hunting, and trapping licenses and take hunter safety courses from the comfort of their homes, are making the outdoors even more accessible and we will continue to offer our new online courses as we transition back to offering in-person courses.”