ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is set to resume in-person hunter education classes from April 1. Places on the free courses are limited, but the DEC says online classes are still available.
Hunter safety courses went online-only during the coronavirus pandemic. During the same timeframe, the DEC says it has seen a 12% increase in hunting and fishing license sales compared to the previous 12-month period
DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos said he applauds the department’s efforts to: “safely allow for resuming in-person instruction again in time for new hunters to pursue turkey this spring.”
“To prevent the spread of COVID-19, last year DEC successfully transitioned all of our hunter education courses online.
I’m proud of the way our staff quickly pivoted, working with our contractor to offer online courses for new hunters and bowhunters, and I applaud their efforts to safely allow for resuming in-person instruction again in time for new hunters to pursue turkey this spring.”DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos
The volunteer-staffed in-person courses are offered in hunter, bowhunter, trapper, and waterfowl hunter education.
Registration is required and all in-person courses include mandatory homework that must be completed before the class begins.
Online courses, priced at $19.95, are also available.