New York Hunting Licenses Surge During Covid-19 Pandemic

by Chris Haney
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On Monday, the Department of Environmental Conservation in New York reported that the state has seen a huge surge in trapping and big-game hunting license requests.

Officials attributed the rise in hunting licenses to various reasons. Many residents of New York State are looking for new ways to spend their free time during the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, an online hunting education course has made it easier for hunters to earn their licenses.

The DEC reported in September that hunting and trapping license sales on opening day alone had risen drastically. In fact, in contrast to last year’s opening day, hunting license sales tripled in 2020.

Additionally, a September press release stated that hunting license sales “more than doubled on the second day and nearly doubled the first two weeks.” In Monday’s DEC report, the agency said interest in hunting licenses continue to surge.

New York Hunting Licenses Triple in 2020 Compared to 2019

During opening day alone for 2020, the DEC raked in $922,444 in hunting license sales. In comparison, during opening day in 2019, the DEC took in $347,103 in hunting license sales.

Likewise, the first two weeks of each year’s hunting license sales showed a similar trend. In 2020, the first two weeks of hunting license sales came in at $6.2 million. And in 2019, the DEC reported earnings of an estimated $3.5 million for hunting licenses.

“With New Yorkers looking for more ways to enjoy the outdoors during the COVID-19 pandemic, we are seeing tremendous interest in outdoor recreation and in the sports of fishing, hunting, and trapping, including record sales of big game hunting and trapping licenses. New York is home to some of the best hunting and fishing opportunities in the nation,” Basil Seggos, DEC Commissioner, said in a statement.

Seggos noted applicants’ ability to take hunting safety and education courses and purchase licenses online as a major reason for their increase. She also said that as of last week, around 500,000 hunters are now licensed in New York State.

The DEC requested that hunters in New York use caution and treat every gun as if it is loaded. The agency said that hunters should keep their firearms pointed in a safe direction at all times. They asked hunters to “keep their fingers off the trigger and outside the trigger guard until ready to shoot.” Finally, the DEC suggested that hunters stay alert and look beyond what is in their target sights.

[H/T FOX News]

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