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DEC Launches New Fishing, Hunting, and Trapping Licensing System

July 01, 2020   03:15 p.m.
    Press Release from NYS DEC:

    DEC Launches New Fishing, Hunting, and Trapping Licensing System

    Improved DECALS Includes User-Friendly Features to Help Hunters Find
    License Sales Outlets, Keep Track of Licenses, and Harvest Information

    New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)
    Commissioner Basil Seggos today announced the launch of the State's 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.

    Commissioner Seggos said, "The new automated DECALS licensing system
    makes it simpler than ever before for New Yorkers to purchase fishing, hunting,
    and trapping licenses from the comfort of their homes, either over the phone or
    online. We're committed to improving outdoor enthusiasts' experiences from start
    to finish, and the new DECALS is one of the many ways New York will continue
    to meet the needs of our sporting community so they can focus on enjoying the
    abundant fishing, hunting, and trapping opportunities available throughout the
    state."

    As the system's new features are updated, additional functionality launching on
    DECALS will include:

  • Events calendar with upcoming season dates, youth hunts, free fishing days
    and clinics, and more;
  • Full integration with DEC's Hunter Education Program enabling users to
    more easily register for courses and automatically update certifications; and
  • Auto-renewal options for all annual licenses.

    Users can access DECALS by phone and online. New York State's 1,100 license
    issuing agents are expected to be up and running on the new DECALS system
    soon, so contact local agents before heading out to purchase licenses in person.
    Call DEC's customer service hotline (866-933-2257) Monday through Friday from
    8 a.m. to 5 p.m., or go to the DECALS website and buy licenses online.

    Please note that previous DECALS logins will not work in the new system. To
    access current accounts, click on the 'Sign Up' link on the new DECALS website
    and use date of birth and DEC customer ID number or a driver's license number
    to locate existing files and create a new login. Please call DEC's customer
    service line at 866-933-2257 with any questions.

    The new system is developed and supported by Kalkomey, a company that
    specializes in outdoor recreation and education web applications. Kalkomey
    currently provides hunter education classes for 46 states, including New York, as
    well as in Canada, New Zealand, and Australia. DEC recently announced the
    success of Kalkomey's online hunter and bowhunter safety courses for New York
    State, which allow new hunters to take classes online during the State's
    response to COVID-19. Nearly 28,000 men, women, and children have taken the
    course to date, which was extended through Aug. 31, 2020.

    Students who successfully complete the online courses and pass the final exam
    will receive their hunter education certificate or bowhunter education certificate.
    The courses are available to individuals 11 and older, but only those 12 or older
    may purchase a hunting license. Students can complete the courses from a
    computer, tablet, or smart phone at any time. Visit DEC's Hunter Education
    Program page to learn more or to sign up.

    To take and receive a hunter education certificate or bowhunter education
    certificate through the online course, participants must be New York State
    residents. The cost of the hunter education course is $19.95 and the cost for the
    bowhunter education course is $30. Both courses can be accessed at DEC's
    website. The online courses will be available through Aug. 31, 2020.

    For more information on recreational opportunities available in New York State
    visit DEC's website. New Yorkers are encouraged to engage in responsible
    recreation close to home during the State's ongoing response to COVID-19. DEC
    recommendations incorporate guidance from the Centers for Disease Control
    and Prevention and the New York State Department of Health for reducing the
    spread of infectious diseases and encourage New Yorkers to recreate locally,
    practice physical distancing, show respect, and use common sense to protect
    themselves and others. For more information, go to DEC's website.