The 2013-2014 hunting, fishing and trapping licenses and Deer Management Permits (DMPs) are now available for purchase, according to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC).

“New York has some of the best hunting, trapping and fishing opportunities in the nation, and we encourage people to purchase a license that will allow them to take advantage of all our state has to offer,” said Commissioner Martens. “Governor Cuomo’s NY Open for Hunting and Fishing Initiative is committed to providing outdoor enthusiasts with an abundance of recreational opportunities to enjoy throughout the year. DEC is continually working to develop and manage new programs to enhance the outdoor experience while protecting the state’s natural resources, and purchasing a sporting license is a great way to access a variety of outdoor opportunities.”

The NY Open for Hunting and Fishing Initiative is an effort to improve recreational activities for in-state and out-of-state sportsmen and sportswomen and to boost tourism opportunities throughout the state. Under this initiative, New York is streamlining the purchase of hunting and fishing licensing and reducing license fees, improving fishing access at various sites across the state, stocking as much as 900,000 pounds of fish, expanding fishing clinics and increasing hunting opportunities in various regions. The reduced fees become effective Feb. 1, 2014.

Licenses and permits can be purchased at one of DEC’s 1,500 license sales outlets statewide. Sporting licenses can also be ordered by telephone by calling 1-866-933-2257 or online at

The 2013-2014 sporting licenses are valid beginning Oct. 1. The new Hunting & Trapping and Freshwater Fishing regulation guides are available at all license-issuing outlets as well as from the DEC website.

DEC’s Automated Licensing System (DECALS) is a computerized system for issuing sporting licenses and tracking license sales and revenues. The DECALS Call Center at (1-866-933-2257) is accessible from 7 a.m.–7 p.m., Monday through Saturday, Aug. 12 – Oct. 12 for questions regarding license purchases.

Sales 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 wildlife habitat.

Important Updates for 2013-2014

Youth Firearms Deer Season will occur over Columbus Day weekend, October 12-14, 2013. For more information, visit DEC’s website.

Deer Management Permits

With an exceptionally mild winter in 2011-2012 and below-average winter conditions in most of the state again in 2012-2013, deer populations have grown despite generally increasing antlerless harvests the past few years. Accordingly, DEC will be issuing approximately 18 percent more Deer Management Permits for antlerless deer this year.

More information about these and other programs is available at