State Sportsman Education Courses are in Full
On-line Registration New This Year
York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Joe
Martens today reminded all new hunters or trappers planning to go afield this
upcoming hunting and trapping season that they must first complete a mandatory
hunter or trapper education course before they can obtain the appropriate
sporting license. Training in safe handling of firearms and hunting is a legal
requirement for anyone hunting in New York.
works closely with thousands of dedicated volunteers statewide to provide these
training courses free of charge. However, courses often fill up quickly, so
those interested should sign up for a class as soon as possible to be sure they
complete it before going afield. This year, DEC is unveiling a new on-line
registration system for prospective students.
new on-line registration system will greatly improve the student experience as
they register for education courses," said Commissioner Martens.
"Viewing a list of all available sportsman education courses with the
ability to search by date or the student's proximity to course locations can be
easily done. Students will now have the ability to do their registration from
any device - smartphone, tablet, or computer."
on the number of hunting-related shooting incidents indicate that 2012 had the
lowest number on record in New York. This is achieved through training and the
regulations governing hunting activities in New York State. DEC's Sportsman
Education Program is designed to teach and promote safe and effective hunting
principles, practices and strategies. The program has been extremely successful
over its 60 years of existence. This is shown as the number of hunting-related
shooting incidents has declined from 137 per year in the 1960s to only 30 per
year in the 2010s.
number of hunters is declining, but the hunting incident rate (incidents per
100,000 hunters) is falling much faster. Since the 1960s, the number of hunters
has declined about 20 percent, while the incident rate has declined over 70
percent. The current 5-year-average is 4.8 incidents per 100,000 hunters,
compared to 19 per 100,000 hunters in the 1960s.
new web-based system has been employed with great success in many other states.
It will also allow sportsman education instructors to schedule courses, track
student registration, offer email communications and provide DEC staff with
course status and results.
locate a nearby hunter or
trapper education class, visit DEC's website or contact a local DEC
regional office. For a list of regional
offices and contact
information, visit DEC's website. The website information will be updated
regularly throughout the year. Remember to sign up early as courses fill
Martens also reminded New York sportsmen and sportswomen who hunt out-of-state
to be sure to satisfy all the hunter education requirements of the destination
state well in advance. Some states require an original hunter education
certificate, and getting a replacement can be time consuming if the original is
misplaced. The New York State Sportsman Education Program has an extensive
database from which replacement certificates can be issued if the course was
taken in 1980 or after. Those unable to locate their original certificate, or
cannot find a record of it, may be required to repeat a course. A previous
hunting license cannot be used to reissue a certificate.
Cuomo has made it a priority to support sportsmen and sportswomen through the
NY Open for Hunting and Fishing Initiative. This initiative includes the
streamlining of hunting and fishing licensing and reducing license fees,
improved access for fishing at various sites across the state, and increasing
hunting opportunities in various regions.