- Associated Press - Sunday, September 27, 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York environmental officials are reminding new hunters and trappers that they first need to take a safety and education course.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation requires all first-time hunters to pass one or more courses before they can get a license. The courses cover topics like gun safety and hunter ethics.

DEC officials work with certified instructors to provide free training courses around New York.

State officials caution new hunters from waiting until just before hunting season, since courses can fill up quickly.

Information on hunter and trapper education courses can be found at the DEC’s website at www.dec.ny.gov.

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