ALBANY — The New York Department of Environmental Conservation is changing its computer licensing system, and that's going to briefly affect hunting, trapping and fishing in the state.
DEC Commissioner Joe Martens says that beginning the day after Christmas the public won't be able to purchase hunting, fishing or trapping licenses, secure a recreational marine fishing registration, or report harvested game. Hunters, anglers, and trappers need to purchase their licenses, stamps, and permits prior to Dec. 26th in order to hunt or fish during the blackout.
The temporary shutdown is expected to last one to two weeks, and during that time hunters won't be able to report their harvests. However, they will be given a seven-day grace period to report them once the new system is in place.