The state Department of Environmental Conservation's new e-licensing system for purchasing hunting, fishing and trapping licenses and reporting game harvests is up and running, DEC announced Monday.
The DEC had put a temporary blackout on license sales and reporting harvests on Dec. 26. The blackout was caused by the department's need to switch to a new system. The old vendor, Verizon, was getting out of the license business, so DEC and five other state agencies have contracted with Accela for those services.
DEC's new sporting license system is part of a larger, multi-agency state effort to consolidate licensing systems and make it easier to get licenses.
In addition to the DEC, the other state agencies that plan to use Accela's system are the state Office of Information Technology Services, state Department of Agriculture and Markets, state Department of State, state Department of Education and the state Liquor Authority.
Hunters are required by law to report any deer, bear or turkey harvested pursuant to a hunting license within seven days of taking the animal.
DEC's new e-licensing system to purchase sporting licenses and report harvest numbers can be found at aca.dec.accela.com/dec.