New York’s Open for Hunting & Fishing
2013-14 Enacted Budget to Restructure and Streamline
New York State’s Hunting, Fishing and Trapping Licenses
Governor Cuomo and the Legislature have agreed to simplify the sporting licensestructure for anglers, hunters, and trappers and license-issuing agents as part of the2013-14 State Budget. The goal of the proposal is to foster the recruitment and retentionof hunters, anglers and trappers
both from New York and out-of-state. Streamliningand simplifying the sporting licenses will lend support to tourism, attracting outsidemoney to the state and keeping New York money in New York.
The license restructuring and simplification will:
Reduce the number of license types while maintaining the current hunting, fishing,and trapping privileges and opportunities.
Eliminate the various combination licenses (sportsman, super sportsman, trappersuper sportsman, conservation legacy).
Reduce many fees for hunting, fishing and trapping licenses. It also reduces fees fornon-resident hunting and fishing license fees to attract more out-of stateparticipants.
Change the license year for hunting licenses from October 1
September 30 toSeptember 1
August 31; this will reduce confusion and foster huntingopportunities for the squirrel and goose seasons statewide as well as the beginningof the bow season and the early bear season in the Northern zone, all of which startin September.
Create a non-resident license structure which is the same as the resident licensestructure (same privileges afforded per license type whether one is a resident ornon-resident).
Privileges and prices based on age, disability, military status, residency (see chart below).
No changes to the current set of carcass tags associated with resident licenses andprivileges as a result of the license restructuring.
While fees are reduced, the Conservation Fund remains solvent for at least five years(through State Fiscal Year 2018-19) at current and projected levels of spendingThe proposal would become effective February 1, 2014 to coincide with the transition tothe new e-licensing system. Current fees and structure will remain in effect throughcalendar year 2013.