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According to DEC, the opportunities help deer management, allow young hunters to be mentored by experienced adults, and allow families and friends to hunt together.

BUFFALO, NY — The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation announced Wednesday that hunting, trapping and wildlife husbandry licenses for the 2022-2023 seasons are now up for sale.

Commissioner Basil Seggos said the DEC is also offering expanded hunting opportunities like those offered last year.

“Half a million New Yorkers enjoy hunting each year, and DEC is excited to again increase hunting opportunities this season for longtime hunters and new entrants to the sport,” said Commissioner Seggos. “As always, safety is our top priority and I remind all hunters to follow the key principles of hunter safety before setting out.”

These additional opportunities include a special pre-season for antlerless deer running September 10-18, 2022 at select Wildlife Management Units. Additionally, under the supervision of a licensed adult hunter, 12- and 13-year-old hunters can hunt deer with a firearm or crossbow in counties that elect to participate in the program, and the new Holiday Deer Hunt features a second part of the late bow and muzzleloader season from December 26 to January 1 in the southern zone.

The DEC said the opportunities help deer management, allow young hunters to be mentored by experienced adults and allow families and friends to hunt together during the holiday season.

From this week through November 30, the DEC Call Center will be available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Regular weekday call center hours will resume on December 1st.

Individuals should have the following items ready when purchasing a license:

  • Full 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 license with a valid address in upstate New York); and
  • A valid credit card when purchasing over the phone or online.

DMPs, the tags issued to antlerless deer, are available from all license issuers, by phone or online until October 1, 2022. DMPs are used to manage the deer herd and are issued through an immediate random selection process at this point of sale. The chances of getting a DMP remain the same throughout the application period; Hunters do not need to rush to apply.

All first-time hunters, bowhunters, and trappers must complete one or more courses before being licensed. Online and classroom courses are available.

The face-to-face courses include a field day where new hunters can gain hands-on experience. All face-to-face courses are free, but places may be limited. Classes fill up quickly, so participants are advised to register early.

The requirements for earning a New York State Hunter Training Certificate can also be met by completing DEC’s online Hunter Training course and passing the exam. After passing, the participants receive a hunter training certificate to acquire a hunting license. Entrants must be residents of New York State. The course fee is €19.95.

New York State also offers an online bow hunter certification course. Upon passing, hunters receive a Bowhunter Training Certificate. Entrants must be residents of New York State. The cost of the course is $30.

Junior hunter and trapper

To nurture the next generation of responsible hunters and trappers in New York, DEC expanded opportunities for junior hunters (licensees ages 12-15) by designating dedicated youth hunts for deer, wild turkey, pheasant and waterfowl, as well as opportunities for young trappers (under the age of 12) through the establishment of the Trapper Mentoring Scheme. These opportunities allow young hunters and trappers to spend time with experienced adults in the field and gain the knowledge and skills necessary to become safe and responsible members of the hunting and trapping community. Visit the DEC website for more information on these programs and other opportunities for young hunters and trappers.

The DEC said the number of hunting-related shootings was declining, but that even one incident was too many. Here are some safety tips recommended by the DEC:

  • Assuming each gun is loaded;
  • Direct the muzzle in a safe direction;
  • Keep your finger off the trigger until you fire;
  • Be sure of your goal and beyond; and
  • Wear Hunter Orange or Pink.

According to the DEC, licenses and permits can be obtained here, from licensing offices, or by calling 866-933-2257. The new hunting and fishing licenses are valid from September 1st, 2022 to August 31st, 2023. Annual fishing licenses are valid for 365 days from date of purchase.

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