ALBANY, N.Y. - Governor Andrew Cuomo has submitted a proposal calling for the state to make it faster and cheaper for hunters and fishermen to get licenses.
According to the governor's office, the proposal also would reduce the amount of fees that hunters and fishermen pay.
In a release, Cuomo outlines a "NY Open to Fishing and Hunting" plan as part of an amendment to the 2013-2014 Executive Budget.
The proposal would:
- Reduce by 11 the number of licenses available while maintaining all current hunting and fishing privileges and opportunities
- Reduce the price of a hunting license by 24 percent from $29 to $22
- Reduce the price of a fishing license by nearly 14 percent from $29 to $25
- Make fishing licenses valid for one year from the date of purchase
- Create a non-resident license structure which is the same as the resident license structure
- Fold trapping privileges into the hunting license for no additional fee for certified trappers
- Maintain Junior Trapper and Trapper Mentor opportunities
- Reduce fees for non-resident hunting and fishing licenses to attract more out-of-state participants
- Retain discounted licenses for youth, seniors, military disabled and Native Americans.
According to the governor's office, a fishing license was only valid from the date of purchase through the end of the season.
Under the new plan, anglers will get a full year of fishing no matter when they purchase the license.
The proposal also consolidates both small-game and big-game license privileges into a single hunting license.