New hunters can register online for required courses

By Matt Porter

September 25, 2013 Updated Sep 25, 2013 at 6:21 PM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton ) If you're a first time hunter, New York is making it easier for you to learn the ropes.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation now offers online registration for all its classes on hunting and trapping.

The courses are required before hunters can obtain their license for the first time.

The DEC said moving online will help make the process of getting into a class more organized.

The new system will also allow sportsman education instructors to schedule courses, use email communications, and provide DEC staff with course status and results electronically.

Jared Hall, of Sidney, said he thinks the new system will improve the often slow process of getting licensed for the first time.

"I think it's a good thing actually because back when I first got my hunter safety course, it was very difficult," Hall said. "I had to go through a person through a person through a person. It took me a couple months to get into a class."

Class registration for the next season is open now.

You can sign up for a course at the DEC website.

The classes are taught by local volunteers in the area.

Space is limited, and they do fill up quickly.

All courses are free of charge.