New York State Hunting and trapping licenses and Deer Management Permits (DMPs) for the 2020-2021 season are now on sale.
With liberal bag limits and some of the longest seasons around, New Yorkers hunt continuously from September 1 (squirrel) into April (snow geese).
In July, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) launched a new system for the sale of fishing, hunting, and trapping licenses. The new DEC Automated Licensing System (DECALS) includes user-friendly information to help users locate vendors, receive instant copies of a license, enter and view harvest information, and more.
The DEC Call Center is accessible from 8 am to 7 pm, Monday through Friday, and from 9 am to 5 pm on Saturdays through October 1. Regular call center weekday hours will resume on October 2.
Individuals should have the following items ready when buying a license:
- Complete contact information (e.g. name, address, email address, telephone number);
- DEC customer ID number (if applicable);
- Proof of residency (e.g., driver’s license or non-driver’s ID with a valid New York State address); and
- If purchasing by phone or internet, a valid credit card.
- If not already entered in DEC’s automated licensing system, individuals are required to provide proof of hunter or trapper education certification or a copy of a previous license for all hunting and trapping license purchases. For additional information, visit the General Sporting License Information webpage on DEC’s website.
Licenses and permits can be purchased at any one of DEC’s license-issuing agents or by telephone at (866) 933-2257.
It has come to DEC’s attention that fraudulent websites claiming to sell NYS Freshwater Fishing Licenses are scamming users into providing personal information. While they work to resolve this issue, please be advised that the only legitimate method to purchase your NYS fishing license online is through the official DECALS website.