If there's a hunter, angler, or trapped on this year's Christmas list, the DEC may have the perfect gift. Man, woman, or child, no matter the age, can use New York's Lifetime Sporting Licenses.

The licenses can include all activities; hunting, fishing, and trapping. Or they can purchased for just fishing and specific types of hunting. Here are the various types available.

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

The lifetime licenses afford the same privileges as a license purchased yearly and are available to any person who has resided in New York for at least one year,  proof of residency is required. The license holder also must have also completed a hunter education program.

Lifetime licenses can 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. Plan ahead if you're not purchasing them in person, it will take about 14 days to arrive.

If you're looking for a stocking stuffer, the DEC also offers their outdoor magazine , the Conservationist for half price for the holidays. It's just $6, half off the usual price, plus subscribers receive an extra issue. Order it online and get more info on the DEC's website.

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