DEC: Temporary blackout of sporting license sales

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A temporary blackout will be in effect starting Dec. 26 on buying hunting, fishing and trapping licenses; getting recreational marine fishing registrations; and reporting harvested game, the state Department of Environmental Conservation said Monday.

The blackout, expected to last a week or two, is related to the transition to a new computerized licensing system, said the DEC, which will notify the public when the system is up and running.

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Hunters, who are required to report deer, bear and turkey harvesting within seven days of being taken, will be given a seven-day grace period for reporting once the new system is operational, the DEC said.

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