Hunting season is in full swing and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is reminding all hunters they must report their harvest. The state has made it easier than ever to do so. The DEC says that hunters who take deer, bears or turkeys must report. Hunters and trappers of bobcat, fisher, otter and other animals must have the animal pelt-sealed by DEC staff. This is referred to as proper game management. If the hunter does not report their animals within seven days, they could face up to a $250 fine. They say this is a reminder but it is also the law.

In an effort to manage game across the state, information from hunters is crucial. The DEC has made it easy for hunters to report. There is an 800 number to directly report your harvest. Call 1-866-426-3778. You can also follow instructions on line by going to the website. Now the DEC has also created a free mobile app so you can upload and report right from your phone.

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