A temporary blackout on hunting, fishing and trapping licenses began last Thursday and may last another week or two as the state Department of Environmental Conservation switches over to a new computerized system.
The public also won’t be able to secure a recreational marine fishing registration or report their harvested game during this time, which is expected to last about two weeks.
“In order to transfer the most current data and transition to the new system, we need to completely shut down license sales and game harvest reporting,” said DEC Commissioner Joe Martens. “The public will be notified as soon as the new system is accessible.”
The DEC’s new computerized sports licensing system will be part of a larger multi-agency effort to consolidate licensing systems across the state.
The department had been using Verizon to operate the sports licensing system for the past several years, but Verizon will no longer be providing such services once the agreement runs out Dec. 31.
Small game and waterfowl hunting seasons and many fishing seasons will be open during a portion of the blackout period.
Hunters are required by law to report deer, bear and turkey harvested pursuant to a hunting license within seven days of taking the animal. Since hunters will not be able to report their harvest, during the blackout period a seven-day grace period to report will be given once the new system is up and running.
For more information and updates on the blackout’s end, visit www.dec.ny.gov.