Anglers and hunters in St. Lawrence County warned of 'opportunistic' recreation websites
Tuesday, January 10, 2017 - 9:04 am

Anglers and hunters in St. Lawrence County and around the state are being warned of at least two websites not run by state Department of Environmental Conservation where sportsmen and sportswomen can supposedly buy a fishing or hunting license or get hunter education training that meets New York requirements.

The “opportunistic” sites the DEC is warning about are Fishinglicense.org and Hunting-license.org.

Among other things, these sites offer information on how their products can simplify the purchase of a New York State fishing license or hunting license.

Although some of the logistical licensing information is correct and may be useful, DEC says, these sites also offer supposedly time-saving downloads for recreational licensing services that are specifically not affiliated with DEC.

“The consumer on these sites should understand that they are only getting ‘assistance’ for their money and not an actual fishing or hunting license,” the DEC said in a statement. “Additionally, the money being charged by these websites is not a ‘credit’ toward the purchase of any New York fishing or hunting license.”

DEC says that all of the New York licensing information that one needs can be found on the DEC Sporting Licenses webpage at www.dec.ny.gov/permits/365.html.