DEC Encourages New Yorkers to Give the Gift of a Lifetime Sporting License

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DEC Encourages New Yorkers to Give the Gift of a Lifetime Sporting License

Lifetime Licenses and New Habitat and Access Stamp Bundles Make Great Gifts

Just in time for the holidays, State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos is reminding New Yorkers that it's a great time of year to treat yourself or a loved one to a gift that will provide decades of outstanding recreational opportunities-a lifetime sporting license.

"Give that special hunter, trapper, or angler in your family the gift that keeps on giving this holiday season-a New York State Lifetime license," Commissioner Seggos said. "There's never been a better time to introduce a family member or friend to New York's abundant hunting, trapping, and fishing opportunities and create memories that will last a lifetime."

Lifetime licenses are available to New York residents of any age who have resided in state for at least one year prior to purchase (proof of residency is required). Licenses may be purchased as gifts if valid proof of age (driver's license, birth certificate, or passport) and proof of residency of the license recipient is provided at the time of purchase. For more information about lifetime licenses, go to DEC's website.

Lifetime licenses may be purchased at any license-issuing agent. A lifetime license may also be purchased by phone (866-933-2257) or online with a current New York State DMV driver or non-driver ID containing a valid New York State address. Allow 14 days for delivery of lifetime licenses purchased online or by phone.

Lifetime fishing, trapping, or hunting licenses and privileges will remain valid for use in New York for a lifetime (with appropriate hunter/trapper education requirements), even if the holder moves out of state.

Available lifetime licenses:

  • Lifetime license (includes hunting, fishing, and turkey hunting privileges)
    • For a person age 0-4 years $380
    • For a person age 5-11 years $535
    • For a person age 12-69 years $765
    • For a person age 70 years and older $65
  • Lifetime fishing license
    • For a person age 0-69 years $460
    • For a person age 70 years and older $65
  • Lifetime hunting license $535
  • Lifetime bowhunting privilege $235
  • Lifetime muzzleloading privilege $235
  • Lifetime trapping license $395

For more information, visit a license-issuing agent today or call DEC's License Sales Office at 518-402-8843 (Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.).

Habitat and Access Stamp Sales Promotion

In addition, New Yorkers are encouraged to consider supporting projects aimed at protecting and improving fish and wildlife habitat and increasing public access for fish and wildlife-dependent activities.

From December 1 through 15, DEC will send a collectible 2019-20 Habitat and Access Supporter pin featuring a moose with the purchase of a $5 Habitat and Access Stamp. A $20 donation receives DEC's Legacy set of four pins,* including the moose, red fox, sturgeon, and spotted turtle. A $50 donation receives DEC's entire collector series of 11 pins* (legacy pin set, plus a beaver, bluebird, woodcock, white-tailed deer, wild turkey, barred owl, and wood duck). Revenue from the sale of Habitat and Access Stamps goes directly into a fund which supports DEC's efforts to protect wildlife habitat and improve outdoor recreational opportunities. Habitat and Access Stamps can be purchased online, by phone at 1-866-933-2257 (Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.), or at any License Issuing Agent.

During this promotional period, anyone who purchases a Habitat and Access Stamp will also automatically be entered into a drawing to receive a large, stuffed moose.

*Pin quantities are limited. Questions or special pin requests should be directed to DEC's License Sales hotline at 866-472-4332, weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., before December 15.

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Basil Seggos, Commissioner

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