Outdoor Journal: DEC launches new system for sale of licenses

The latest on the outdoors from Ed Noonan
Mike Croll and Heath Clayson of Ballston Lake won the weekly Saratoga Tackle bass tournament.
Mike Croll and Heath Clayson of Ballston Lake won the weekly Saratoga Tackle bass tournament.

On July 1, the DEC announced the launch of the state’s new system for the sale of fishing, hunting and trapping licenses. This new DEC Automated Licensing System (DECALS) includes user-friendly information to help users locate vendors, receive instant copies of a license, enter and view harvest information, and more.

While the transition to the new system is progressing smoothly, not all License Issuing Agents (LIA) are up and running. Anglers that cannot purchase a license from an LIA can still get a license quickly and easily by calling 866-933-2257, or going online at https://decals.licensing.east.kalkomey.com. All you need is the DEC license sales number as acceptable proof of your fishing license.

However, it has come to the DEC’s attention that fraudulent websites claiming to sell NYS freshwater licenses are scamming users into providing personal information. While the DEC works to resolve this issue, please be advised that the only legitimate method to purchase your NYS fishing license online is through the official DECALS website. 


Last Tuesday, the weekly Saratoga Tackle bass tournament attracted 47 two-angler teams  to Saratoga Lake going out of Lee’s Camp Ground, and the fish were biting.

Leading the way was the Ballston Lake team of Mike Croll and Heath Clayson with five bass totaling 13.50 pounds worth $955. In their catch was the tournament lunker, a 4.03 pounder worth $470. Not bad for three hours of fishing.

In second place was another Ballston Spa team, Charlie Couchman and Gene Lavigne, with 12.29 pounds worth $630. Third place and $320 went to the Saratoga team of Stan Sala and Chris Capito with 11.58 pounds. Low-to-cash was the Indian Lake team of Timothy Paraso and Matt Bellmore with 11.48 pounds worth $210.

On Thursday at South Shore Marina, the top-three money winning teams were very close. Leading the way was Jim Bubb of Halfmoon and Mike Maynard of Schaghticoke with 10.51 pounds worth $400. Coming in second were Dave Munger of Saratoga and John Jenkins of Stillwater with five bass totaling 9.94 pounds worth $250. Low-to-cash was Ballston Lake team of Jeff Russell Jr. and Chris O’Neil with 9.88 pounds worth $140. They also had the lunker, a 3.41-pound largemouth worth $150.


Two Elite Series tournaments were held this year in upstate New York, one on Cayuga Lake and the other on the St. Lawrence River. Upstate New York native Jamie Hartman, the only angler with Empire State roots on the tour, won the Cayuga Lake tournament and finished third at the St. Lawrence River competition.

Bassmaster Magazine this year ranked that the St. Lawrence River was the best bass fishing waterway in the country. As for lakes in the Northeast, the magazine ranked Lake Champlain 

No. 6 and Cayuga Lake the 10th best lake.


I know, because I am one, that there are those who plink and “yes” hunt with air guns. There are a number of them out there.

I recently read in a news release about the new one in the Bear River company. It is a high-powered pellet gun that is perfect for small game. It has an integrated suppressor for the perfect small game and target shooting. The TPR 1300 fires .177 caliber pellets up to 1,350 feet per seconds. It comes with a mounted 4×32 scope (for old guys) like me on a picatinny rail with your choice of optics.

What impressed me was the suppressor attached on the 18-inch barrel. Now the suppressor lowers the noise or shooting, which is very good for hunting. And the price is right, $ 139.99. Check it out at https://www.bearriveroutdoors.com/.

Contact Ed Noonan at [email protected].

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