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Hunting, trapping licenses go on sale today

ALBANY — Hunting and trapping licenses and Deer Management Permits for the 2020-21 season will go on sale today, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation recently announced.

Licenses and permits can be purchased at any one of DEC’s license-issuing agents, by telephone at (866) 933-2257, or online athttps://decals.licensing.east.kalkomey.com.

The new hunting and trapping licenses are valid from Sept. 1 through Aug. 31, 2021, while annual fishing licenses are valid for 365 days from date of purchase.

Beginning today, the DEC Call Center is accessible from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays through Oct. 1.

Regular call center weekday hours will resume on Oct. 2.

New Yorkers can hunt from Sept. 1 (the start of squirrel season) into April (the end of snow goose season).

The DEC reminds hunters and trappers that purchasing a license helps to support the department’s conservation projects “and ensures the future of natural resources for generations to come.” DEC also encourages outdoor enthusiasts to buy a $5 habitat and access stamp each year, which supports projects to conserve habitat and improve public access for fish-and-wildlife-related activities.

This year’s habitat and access stamp features a northern leopard frog. Last year’s habitat and access stamp, featuring a bull moose, was the most popular stamp in DEC history, with more than 25,000 sold.

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