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Sporting License FAQs
Frequently Asked Questions Regarding the New Hunting, Fishing, and Trapping License Fees
I understand that there are new fees for hunting, fishing, and trapping licenses. When do these new fees take effect?
Yes, the cost for many types of resident and non-resident licenses will be increased for the 2009-2010 license year that begins October 1, 2009. A list of license types and the new fees is available on the DEC website.
Why are the fees for hunting, fishing and trapping licenses being raised?
The license fees are being raised to generate more revenue for the Conservation Fund. For the past two years, there have been insufficient revenues generated from sporting license sales to cover the same level of fish and wildlife management and law enforcement that the Conservation Fund used to support.
Weren't hunting, fishing and trapping license fees raised a couple of years ago?
The last increase in sporting license fees occurred in 2002. It was projected that revenues raised by the sale of licenses at the 2002 fee level would keep the Conservation Fund solvent for five years (through 2007-2008).
Did any license fees remain the same or go down?
Yes. Fees for the licenses listed below remained the same:
Sporting License Fees that Remained the Same License Type Fee Note
Senior Fishing $5 Eligibility age increased from 65 to 70
Blind Fishing Free
Military Disabled hunting and fishing $5
Senior Bow Hunting Free age 70 and older
Senior Muzzleloading Free age 70 and older
Resident Junior Hunting $5
Resident Junior Bow Hunting $9
Non-resident Junior Hunting $5
Non-resident Junior Bow Hunting $9
Non-resident 1-day fishing $15
The fee for resident 1-Day fishing decreased from $15 to $5.
If I purchase my 2009-2010 license before October 1, 2009, do I have to pay the new fees?
Yes. The 2009-2010 hunting, fishing, and trapping licenses will go on sale August 17, 2009. The increased fees will be in effect for the 2009-2010 licenses. Fees for the 2008-2009 hunting, fishing and trapping licenses will remain the same through September 30, 2009.
When do the fees for the lifetime licenses increase?
On October 1, 2009, the lifetime license fees increase. Any lifetime license purchased prior to that date will be charged the current fee.
I understand there is a new super sportsman license?
Yes, there is a new resident trapper super sportsman license where the holder is entitled to the privileges of a fishing license, big game and small game hunting license, trapping license, muzzle-loading stamp, and turkey permit.
I heard that most holders of licenses that offer big game hunting privileges must pay an application fee for Deer Management Permits (DMPs). Who is exempt from Deer Management Permit (DMP) application fees?
Holders of lifetime sportsman licenses (purchased prior to October 1, 2009) are exempt from the DMP application fee, and holders of resident and non-resident junior bow hunting, and resident and non-resident junior hunting licenses are also exempt from the DMP application fee.
Holders of these license types will be required to pay the $10 DMP application fees: resident sportsman, resident supersportsman, resident big and small game, resident conservation legacy, resident trapper super sportsman, non-resident supersportsman, and non-resident big game.
I only want to apply for one DMP. What is the cost to apply?
$10 is the application fee if you apply for 1 or 2 DMPs.
Sometimes DMPs are offered on a first-come-first-served basis (fcfs). Are there any costs for these DMPs?
If you previously applied for one or more DMPs and paid the application fee, or hold one of the exempt licenses, then you do not need to pay for fcfs DMPs. If you did not previously pay a DMP application fee, then you will be charged the $10 application fee at the time you request fcfs DMPs.
Why did you increase the age for senior licenses from 65 to 70?
The age for senior licenses was increased to 70 years old because of the current demographics of our license buyers and the need to raise revenues into the Conservation Fund. Since many license buyers are part of the "baby boom" generation, we have quite a few license buyers that were born between 1944 and 1954, and we projected the reduced revenues at $1.5 M annually due to the reduced license prices for seniors.
I am 65 years old and purchased a senior sportsman license last year. Can I still purchase a senior sportsman license this year?
No. Unless you are at least 70 years old, you will not be able to purchase a senior sportsman (or senior fishing) license. However, if you are 65 years old (or will be by October 1, 2009), you may wish to purchase a lifetime senior sportsman (or lifetime senior fishing) license before October 1, 2009 when the eligibility age for senior licenses moves from 65 to 70.
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