New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has announced that 2011-12 hunting, fishing, and trapping licenses and deer management permits may now be purchased at one of DEC's 1,500 license sales outlets statewide.
Sporting licenses can also be ordered by mail or by telephone and via the Internet at www.dec.ny.gov. The 2011-12 sporting licenses are valid beginning Oct. 1, 2011, through Sept. 30, 2012.
"Hunting, trapping, and fishing opportunities in New York are fantastic, and DEC is committed to helping provide outdoor enthusiasts with numerous recreational opportunities to enjoy the beauty of our state throughout the year," DEC Commissioner Joe Martens said. "With a new deer management plan soon to be adopted, statewide management plans being developed for black bear and furbearers, and construction of new or upgrades to existing boat launches, we're continually working to make improvements to better serve the public and protect our natural resources."
Due to unforeseen delays associated with production of the hunting and trapping and fishing regulations guidebooks, they may not be available at license sales outlets immediately. Those purchasing a license and not receiving a guide can download a copy from the DEC websitehttp://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/37136.html for the hunting/trapping guide andhttp://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/7917.html for the fishing guide or return to any license vendor at a later date and request the 2011-2012 guides desired.
Anglers should be aware that although the majority of fishing regulations have not changed from 2010-11, significant changes have been made to the regulations for use and transportation of baitfish. Transportation corridors through which uncertified baitfish can be transported in motor vehicles have been established for Lake Ontario, Lake Erie and adjoining waters, as well as the Hudson River see:http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/47282.html.