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Massachusetts debuts hunt/fish licensing website

From the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife

-- MassFishHunt, a new electronic licensing system, has debuted online offering 2011 hunting, freshwater fishing and trapping licenses from the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife as well as non-commercial lobster permits and the new saltwater fishing permit from the Division of Marine Fisheries.  

Both resident and non-resident license and permit buyers will find information and links to the MassFishHunt system at  http://www.mass.gov/dfwele/licensing/index.htm

Benefits of the new MassFishHunt system to license holders include the ability to purchase and print their licenses and permits at their home computer.  Lost a license in the wash or in the field? MassFishHunt also provides online license holders the ability to print duplicate licenses free of charge.  

The new licensing system is managed by a private vendor, Active Outdoors of Nashville, Tenn. Of the 81 million hunting and fishing licenses issued annually in the U.S., Active Outdoors processes 58 percent through its systems.

Customer service inquiries regarding purchases of electronic licenses and permits from MassFishHunt should be directed to ActiveOutdoors by calling toll free (888) 773-8450 or send an email to mahfwebmaster@als-xtn.com.  

After setting up electronic license sales at DFW and DMF offices, Active Outdoors will begin to make electronic license sales available at retail stores, sporting goods stores, bait and tackle shops and city and town halls. License buyers will still be able to purchase the traditional paper hunting, trapping and freshwater fishing paper licenses and stamps at license vendors throughout the state until the switch is made to an entirely electronic system.

A list of current hunting, trapping, and freshwater fishing license vendors can be found here.

"The switch from paper license sales to an entirely electronic system will vastly improve the accounting, record keeping, and efficiency of our licensing system," said Wayne MacCallum, DFW director.

Electronic registration for boats, all-terrain vehicles and snowmobiles is not available through MassFishHunt, but will continue to be available through the Office of Environmental Law Enforcement website at www.mass.gov/dfwele/dle/elereg.htm as well as registration offices in Boston, Fall River, Hyannis, Springfield and Worcester.

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