Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday that he’s proposing reductions in the cost of hunting and fishing licenses for both state residents and visitors.
The cuts are part of Cuomo’s proposed budget. They come just after Cuomo won sweeping gun control legislation, a move deeply unpopular with some hunters.
The measure also reduces the number of licenses the state offers, and generally simplifies the state’s licensing system.
For instance, the proposal consolidates small game and big game licenses into a single hunting license.
“I know the recreational and economic value hunting and fishing bring to New York State,” Cuomo said in a statement. “Under my proposal, it will be easier for more New Yorkers and visitors from across the country to take advantage of New York’s rich sporting tradition.”
Under Cuomo’s proposal, the price of a fishing license drops from $29 to $25 for state residents; from $29 to $22 for a hunting license for state residents; from $21 to $11 for a muzzle loading license for state residents.
(Read the press release, which contains much more detail about price and other changes, here.)