Town of Potsdam sees jump in hunting license fees since Walmart's system went down
Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 9:00 am

Updated 10:43 a.m. Sept. 13, 2018 to include DEC comments.

By CRAIG FREILICH

POTSDAM – The Potsdam Walmart in-store hunting license system remains out of service, and that has resulted in a jump in license business for the Town Clerk’s office as hunters gear up for the season.

Potsdam Walmart manager Jeff Bonno said they were informed by the state Department of Environmental Conservation Sept. 8 that the system was not working properly and that the agency was working on it, but so far it’s still down.

DEC Region 6 spokeswoman Andrea Pedrick in Watertown says they are working with the Potsdam Walmart to fix the problem, which she said was at the store's end.

Since Walmart opened in Potsdam and began offering hunting licenses through the DEC facility, the number of licenses the clerk’s office has been handling has declined.

But for the moment Town Clerk Cindy Goliber says that more people are seeking their licenses, and paying the fees, at the town offices at 18 Elm St. “That's money staying local," she said.

Goliber said she couldn’t put a clear number on how much more money the town is getting than they would have otherwise.