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For Release: Sunday, November 22, 2020

Give the Gift of Wildlife Conservation with a Lifetime Sporting License or Subscription to DEC's 'Conservationist' Magazine

Conservationist Magazine Now 50 Percent Off

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos today announced two holiday gift ideas for those who love the environment and outdoors. Each year, DEC's lifetime sporting licenses make a great gift for outdoors enthusiasts. In addition, for a limited time DEC is offering a one-year subscription to its award-winning Conservationist magazine at half price.

"More New Yorkers are looking for outdoor adventures than ever before during the COVID-19 pandemic, and DEC is nurturing new nature explorers with captivating stories in our Conservationist magazine. We're also introducing New Yorkers new to hunting, freshwater fishing, and trapping to the fulfillment of these sports on Facebook and Instagram," Commissioner Seggos said. "To sustain this new-founded interest in the outdoors, we encourage New Yorkers to give the gift of conservation this year with a subscription to the Conservationist or a lifetime sporting license. Both highlight our abundant natural resources and make great gift ideas this holiday season."

Lifetime Licenses are available to New York State residents who have resided in New York for at least one year prior to purchase (proof of residency required). Lifetime licenses may be purchased at any license-issuing agent, by phone (866-933-2257), or online with a current NYS DMV driver or non-driver ID containing a valid New York State address. Allow 14 days for delivery of Lifetime Licenses purchased online or by phone.

Lifetime Licenses may be purchased as gifts for residents under the age of 16 with the recipient's proof of age (birth certificate, passport) and proof of residency (parent/legal guardian proof of residency). Gift lifetime licenses must be purchased in person at any license issuing agent. Lifetime fishing, trapping, or hunting licenses and privileges allow the licensed hunter to enjoy all the privileges of equivalent annual license items, but are valid for a lifetime (with appropriate hunter/trapper education requirements) - even if the holder moves out of state.

  • Lifetime License (includes hunting, freshwater fishing, and turkey hunting privileges)
    • For a person age 0-4 years $380
    • For a person age 5-11 years $535
    • For a person age 12-69 years $765
    • For a person age 70 years and older $65
  • Lifetime Fishing License (freshwater fishing)
    • For a person age 0-69 years $460
    • For a person age 70 years and older $65
  • Lifetime Hunting License $535
  • Lifetime Bowhunting Privilege $235
  • Lifetime Muzzleloading Privilege $235
  • Lifetime Trapping License $395

Published six times a year, Conservationist is a New York State-focused magazine packed with informative and entertaining articles, first-rate photography, and stunning artwork. Articles cover a broad range of environmental and natural history related topics, including fishing, hiking, recreation, travel, hunting, and nature studies. From Nov. 23, 2020, to Jan. 4, 2021, a year-long subscription to the Conservationist is on sale for just $6, half the usual subscription price. As a bonus, subscribers receive an additional issue for a total of seven issues.

This year, Conservationist subscribers enjoyed articles that included the rescue of a large humpback whale, a dog that uses its nose to help control invasive pests, and personal stories from hunters, anglers, and hikers. Subscribers also had access to printed and digital versions of the magazine, where they could learn about animal species, great sites for hiking, paddling, and exploring, and exciting ways to interact with outdoor wonders across the state, for both novices and experts.

To order a Conservationist subscription online, visit DEC's website and click on the Conservationist icon.

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