ALBANY — All new hunters and trappers planning to go afield this season must first complete a mandatory hunter, bowhunter, or trapper education course before obtaining the appropriate license.
With state licenses now on sale, first-time hunters and trappers are encouraged to sign up for courses as they fill quickly, said state DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos in a news release. Each year, more than 45,000 New Yorkers take DEC’s hunter and trapper education courses.
“Hunting and trapping are proud traditions in New York State that continue to be safely enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of residents and visitors each year and hunting opportunities have never been better,” Seggos said. “DEC’s Sportsman Education Program is effective in producing safe, ethical hunters, and we are grateful to the volunteer instructors that serve as the backbone to deliver our program. I encourage all prospective hunters to sign-up early for one of the hundreds of courses offered all across New York.”
Tghe DEC works closely with thousands of dedicated DEC-certified instructors statewide to provide training courses free of charge. Courses are offered for hunter education, bowhunter education, trapper education, and waterfowl hunter education.
DEC’s online registration system makes it easy to view a list of all available courses with the student’s proximity to course locations. Students can register from any device — smartphone, tablet or computer — 24 hours per day, seven days per week.
Courses are added continuously throughout the year, so those interested are encouraged to regularly check the on-line system to find a local course. To locate a nearby hunter or trapper education course, visit DEC’s website or contact a local DEC office for assistance.
All courses require students to review course materials and complete a homework sheet prior to attending the classroom and field session. The homework portion of…