DEC Encourages New Yorkers to Give the Gift of a Lifetime Fishing, Trapping, Or Hunting License

Free Collectible 2018-19 Habitat Patron Pin Now Available through Special Holiday Habitat & Access Stamp Sales Promotion

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos today reminded residents that the holidays are a great time to consider giving the gift of conservation.

“In your search for the perfect gift this holiday season, consider a New York State Lifetime License for the special hunters, trappers, and anglers in your life,” Commissioner Basil Seggos said. “Hunting, trapping, and fishing in New York State has never been better, and this gift provides outdoorsmen and women with a lifetime of outdoor recreational opportunities. Purchasing a Habitat and Access Stamp during this year’s holiday sales promotion is an excellent way to support New York’s wildlife management efforts.”

Lifetime Licenses are available to New York State residents who have resided in New York for at least 12 months prior to purchase (proof of residency required). Lifetime licenses may be purchased at any license-issuing agent, by phone (866-922-2257), or online with a current NYS DMV driver or non-driver ID containing a valid NYS address. Allow two weeks for delivery of Lifetime Licenses purchased online or by phone.

Lifetime Licenses may also be purchased as gifts for residents under the age of 16 with proof of age (birth certificate, passport, driver’s license) and proof of residency (parent/legal guardian proof of residency) for the recipient. Gift lifetime licenses can be purchased in person at any license issuing agent.

Lifetime fishing, trapping or hunting licenses and privileges entitle the holder to all the privileges of equivalent annual licenses and privileges, but these licenses are good for a lifetime (with appropriate hunter/trapper education requirements) – even if the holder is no longer a New York State resident. The combination Lifetime License includes both hunting and fishing privileges, as well as turkey permits:

Available Lifetime Licenses:
Lifetime License (includes hunting, fishing, and turkey hunting privileges)
For a person age 0-4 years: $380
For a person age 5-11 years: $535
For a person age 12-69 years: $765
For a person age 70 years, and older: $65

Lifetime Fishing License
For a person age 0-69 years: $460
For a person age 70 years and older: $65
Lifetime Hunting License: $535
Lifetime Bowhunting Privilege: $235
Lifetime Muzzleloading Privilege: $235
Lifetime Trapping License: $395

Habitat & Access Stamp Sales Promotion

DEC also encourages gift givers to consider supporting efforts to help create and manage wildlife habitat and enhance access for wildlife-dependent recreation.

Now through December 31, purchasers of the $5 Habitat & Access Stamp receive a collectible 2018-19 Habitat Patron pin featuring a barred owl. Revenue from the sale of Habitat & Access Stamps supports DEC’s efforts to improve fish and wildlife habitat and increase access for outdoor recreation. Habitat & Access Stamps can be purchased online, by phone at 1-866-933-2257 (Mon – Fri 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.), or at any License Issuing Agent.

In addition, during this promotional period, anyone that purchases seven stamps in one transaction ($35 donation), will receive the entire DEC collector series of seven pins, including the barred owl, beaver, white-tailed deer, wild turkey, wood duck, bluebird, and woodcock pins, plus an extra 2018-19 barred owl pins.

*Quantities are limited and will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. DEC can only guarantee Christmas delivery of pins for Habitat Stamps sold by December 16, but we will continue to fulfill all orders through the end of the year. For questions or to make a special pin request, contact DEC’s License Sales hotline at 866-472-4332, Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., by December 14.