If you enjoy fishing, New York State has just launched a new fishing feature to give you tools at your fingertips. Governor Hochul announced the 'Tackle Box' mobile phone feature. It is designed to make it easier for experienced and new anglers to get tools and resources within the State Department of Environmental Conservation's HuntFishNY smartphone app. People can use the feature to find bodies of water, stocking information, fish identification tools, and so much more.

Photo by KAL VISUALS on Unsplash
Photo by KAL VISUALS on Unsplash

New York is a world-class fishing destination that offers a wide variety of opportunities to land a keeper from a large list of prized game species. The release of the unique Tackle Box feature will make fishing even more accessible for our residents and visitors of all experience levels, providing them a one-stop location for all fishing information. I encourage all New Yorkers to use this feature and get out on the water today to take advantage of the great fishing our state has to offer.


How to Access Tackle Box in the HuntFishNY App


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If You’re Hunting For The First Time In New York State You’ll Need This

New York State hunting and trapping licenses and Deer Management Permits are on sale now. However, if you plan on hunting for the first time, you'll need to take a training course.

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Photo by Vidar Nordli-Mathisen on Unsplash

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos announced today, August 3, 2022, that hunting and trapping licenses and Deer Management Permits for the 2022-2023 seasons are now on sale. All first-time hunters, bowhunters, and trappers in New York State must take and pass one or more training courses before they are permitted to buy a license. Training courses are available online and in person.

It's free to take in-person courses, but classes fill up quickly. New hunters can visit DEC's website for more information.

The requirements to earn a New York State hunter education certificate can also be met by completing DEC's online hunter education course and passing the exam. Upon passing, participants will receive a hunter education certificate to purchase a hunting license. Participants must be New York State residents. The cost of the course is $19.95. The online course can be accessed at DEC's website.


First-Time hunters can find more information here about training courses and requirements in New York State.

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