The Journal Register (Medina, NY)

Local Sports

February 5, 2014

GREAT OUTDOORS: NYS sporting license changes have taken effect

Medina Journal-Register — Some changes were made to hunting, fishing and trapping licenses effective Feb. 1. These changes, adopted in last year’s state budget, include reduced license fees, types and length of valid dates.

In the past, annual fishing licenses were valid from Oct. 1 through Sept. 30 and cost $29 for residents and $70 for non-residents. With the new regulations, the license is valid for 365 days from the date of purchase and the fees have been lowered, to $25 for residents and $50 for non-residents.

The seven-day fishing license fee has been decreased from $15 for a resident to $13, while the non-resident fee was cut from $35 to $31.

The one-day license fee remains $5 for residents and has been cut, from $15 to $10, for non-residents.

Hunting licenses are now valid now from Sept. 1 until Aug. 31 instead of Oct. 1 through Sept. 30. Residents will be paying $22 now for a combined small/big game license that previously cost $29. Nonresidents get a real break by only having to pay $100 for a combined small/big game license that used to cost them $275.

The bowhunting license for residents goes from $21 to $15, and for nonresidents, from $140 to $30. Ditto for the muzzleloading licenses.

The turkey permit fee remains the same for residents at $10, but non-residents again get another great break as the fee was cut to $20 from $50.

Deer permits will remain the same at $10 for all.

Trapping licenses were previously valid from Oct. 1 through Sept. 30; now they’re valid from Sept. 1 to Aug. 31. The fee for residents will go from $21 to $20 while the non-resident gets a better break by going from $310 to $275.

If you purchased a fishing, hunting or trapping license before Feb. 1, 2014, your license is good until Sept. 30.

Beginning this year, annual combined licenses like the sportsman, super sportsman and conservation legacy are no longer be available for purchase and individual licenses will need to be purchased instead. Those combination licenses purchased before Feb. 1 are valid until Sept. 30.

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