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Mandatory Hunter Education

A hunter education course is required for persons who cannot provide proof that they have ever possessed a hunting license. The general course is a minimum 10 hours in length. DEC honors hunter education certificates and sporting licenses from all other states and countries. You must be at least 11 years of age to take this class.

Mandatory Bowhunter Education

Hunters wishing to bowhunt for big game must present either:

  1. Proof that he or she successfully completed an approved bowhunter education course; (Note: Approved courses are International Bowhunter Education Program Courses or an equivalent course. If in doubt, call toll free — 1-888-HUNT-ED2) or
  2. Proof that he or she previously held a bowhunting license or stamp issued in 1980 or later; if proof is from prior to 1980, he/she must take an additional 8 hour minimum bowhunter education course.

Mandatory Crossbow Training

Hunters wishing to use a crossbow to hunt big game must complete training in the safe use of hunting with a crossbow and responsible crossbow hunting practices. See Crossbow Hunting for details.

Residency

To qualify for a resident license, a person must live in New York State for more than 30 days immediately preceding the date of application. Land ownership in New York does not make you a resident. Residency is that place where a person maintains a fixed, permanent and principal home (regardless of where temporarily located), such as where a person is registered to vote. If under 18, the residence of parents or legal guardian shall be deemed such person’s residence.

Active members of the U.S. Armed Forces stationed in New York and full-time college students in residence in the state during the school year (proof required) qualify for annual resident licenses.

Minimum Hunting Age

Minors under the age of 12 may not obtain a hunting license or hunt wildlife.

License Year

Licenses and permits are valid from October 1 through September 30. To hunt small game or big game prior to October 1, the previous year’s license is required. Previous year’s hunting licenses will be available at all license-issuing outlets until September 30.

License Responsibilities

  • A license or tag is not transferable and may be used only by the person to whom issued (except for Deer Management Permits).
  • It is not legal to possess another person’s license while hunting.
  • A license to hunt, trap or fish does not give the holder any right to go on private property without permission of the landowner.
  • You can legally purchase and possess only one big game or sportsman license per year.
  • Your license must be carried on your person when hunting or trapping.
  • It is illegal to refuse to show your license on demand to a law enforcement officer or the owner, lessee or person in control of the lands (or their designees) while on their property.
  • Make sure that your license has all the correct information. Carefully check it immediately after receipt. If you discover an error, have it corrected as soon as possible.
  • Do NOT heat laminate your license. High temperatures will destroy the tags and turn them black.

Back Tags

Must be visibly displayed on the middle of your back while hunting, except in the Northern Zone and Catskill Park.

Small Game License Exceptions

All residents must have a valid hunting license in their possession except:

  • Resident owners primarily engaged in farming, lessees and members of their immediate families do not need a small game hunting license when hunting on farm lands they are occupying and cultivating.
  • Native Americans living on a reservation do not need a hunting license while hunting on reservation lands.

Free Licenses/Patriot Licenses

Free hunting and trapping licenses are available to members of the Shinnecock and Poospatuck tribes and members of the Six Nations residing on reservations in the state. They must be obtained from some tribal councils or DEC headquarters in Albany (518) 402-8843.

Free small/big game, fishing and trapping licenses are also available to NYS residents who have the appropriate Sportsmen Education and are active service members of the NYS Militia, US Reserve Forces or certain members of the US Armed Forces. For more detailed information, visit our website or call (518) 402-8843.

Lost Licenses

A current year lost license may be replaced at any license issuing outlet at a cost of $5 for a license panel. Big game carcass tag sets or turkey carcass tag sets may be replaced at a cost of $10. There is no charge to replace a lost backtag.

Hunters with Disabilities

For more information, write the NYS DEC Special Licenses Unit, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-4752 or call (518) 402-8985. The application process takes time; write or call well before you intend to hunt.

Non-Ambulatory Hunter Permit

This permit allows qualified hunters to shoot a firearm from a motorized vehicle (including an off-road vehicle) that has the motor turned off and that is completely off the highway right-of-way.

To qualify for a Non-Ambulatory Hunter Permit, a person must be physically unable to move about except with the use of a mechanized aid such as a wheelchair.

Modified Longbow Authorization

New legislation has repealed the ‘Modified Archer Permit’ and replaced it with the ‘Modified Longbow Authorization.’ This authorization allows qualified sportsmen and sportswomen to hunt big or small game with a bow that is equipped with a mechanical device to hold it in a drawn and cocked position. This authorization does not allow the use of a crossbow.

To qualify for a Modified Longbow Authorization, a sportsman must be permanently or temporarily physically disabled and unable to draw and hold a bow. For more information write to the Special Licenses Unit or visit our website, www.dec.ny.gov/permits/25018.html.

Modified Crossbow Permit

This permit allows qualified people to hunt big or small game with a crossbow that has been specifically modified with a device that only allows it to be discharged (fired) by means of a breath tube. This permit does not allow the use of an unmodified crossbow.

To qualify for a Modified Crossbow Permit, a person must be permanently physically unable to hold or draw a legal bow or to fire a legal bow that has been modified to hold and release the string.

If a person can pull the trigger on a gun, he or she will not qualify for a Modified Crossbow Permit.

 

Resident Licenses, Privileges And Stamps

Type

Age

Fee

Conservation Legacy

16–69 Yrs.

$96

Qualifications: Hunter Education Certificate OR previous hunting license, PLUS acceptable Bowhunter Education Certificate, OR Bow Stamp issued 1980 or later, OR NYS Jr. Bowhunting License issued 1980 or later.

Privileges: All the privileges that apply to a Super Sportsman License plus a Habitat and Access Stamp and subscription to the Conservationist Magazine.

For just $8.00 more than the cost of a Super Sportsman, you get a Habitat Stamp and subscription to the Conservationist magazine — a $17.00 value.

Super Sportsman

16–69 Yrs.

$88

Qualifications: Same as Conservation Legacy.

Privileges: All the privileges that apply to fishing, small game, big game, bowhunting, muzzleloading licenses and turkey permit.

Trapper Super Sportsman

16–69 Yrs.

$88

Qualifications: Hunter & Trapper Education Certificates OR proof of previous hunting and trapping licenses.

Privileges: All the privileges that apply to small game, big game, muzzleloading, fishing and trapping licenses and turkey permits.

Sportsman

16–69 Yrs.

$47

Qualifications: Hunter Education Certificate OR previous hunting license.

Privileges: All the privileges that apply to fishing, small game and big game hunting.

Senior Sportsman

70+ Yrs.

$10

Qualifications: Hunter Education Certificate OR previous hunting license.

Privileges: All the privileges that apply to fishing, small game and big game hunting.

Small and Big Game

16–69 Yrs.

$29

Qualifications: Hunter Education Certificate OR previous hunting license. If Patriot (see above), NO FEE.

Privileges: Hunt small game species with gun or bow during appropriate seasons. Hunt deer and bear with gun, crossbow (see Crossbow Hunting ), muzzleloader or bow (with appropriate bow privilege) during the regular season, or hunt with shotgun or muzzleloader during the January firearms season (permit required—see Big Game Hunting ) in Suffolk County (WMU 1C).

NOTE: Those under 18 who are hunting big game for the first time as a holder of a big game license must be accompanied for the entire season by a parent or legal guardian, or a person over 18 (holding written permission from parent or guardian) with at least one year’s experience in hunting bear or deer. Accompanist must have a current license that allows the hunting of big game.

Deer Management Permit (DMP)
(Must apply by October 1)

14+ Yrs.
12+ Yrs. (Youth Bowhunting Only)

$10

Qualifications: Available to holders of Conservation Legacy, Super Sportsman, Trapper Super Sportsman, Sportsman, Big & Small Game licenses for a non-refundable $10 application fee. The application fee is waived for Lifetime Sportsman licenses purchased prior to Oct. 1, 2009, and all Junior Hunters & Junior Bowhunters.

Privileges: Application for an antlerless deer tag that is issued by random computer selection. This tag is valid for hunting antlerless deer only (both antlers less than 3″ long) in a selected Wildlife Management Unit.
See DMP map
.

Military Disabled Sportsman

16+ Yrs.

$5

Qualifications: Hunter Education Certificate OR previous hunting license PLUS 40% or greater service-related military disability documented annually by a letter dated in the current year from the Veteran’s Administration (unless VA letter states “Permanent”).

Privileges: Same as Sportsman license.

Bowhunting Privilege
(must be accompanied by valid big game license)

16–69 Yrs.

$21

Qualifications: Current year license to hunt big game, PLUS acceptable Bowhunter Education Certificate, OR Bowhunting Stamp issued in 1980 or later, OR NYS Jr. Bowhunting License issued in 1980 or later.

Privileges: Hunt deer and bear with bow only during bowhunting season.

NOTE: Residents hunting bear or deer with a bow during the regular season must possess both a valid big game license and either a current bowhunting privilege or a valid Bowhunter Education Certificate. This includes Westchester and Suffolk counties.

FREE Bowhunting Privilege
(must be accompanied by valid big game license)

70+ Yrs. OR
40%+ Military Disabled

No Fee

Qualifications: Same as Bowhunting Privilege

Privileges: Same as Bowhunting Privilege

Muzzleloading Privilege
(must be accompanied by valid big game license)

14–69 Yrs.

$21

Qualifications: Current year license to hunt big game.

Privileges: Hunt deer and bear with a muzzleloading firearm during muzzleloading season, and the January special firearms season in Suffolk County (WMU 1C). With this privilege, crossbows (Crossbow Hunting) may also be used to hunt deer and bear in the late muzzleloading seasons.

FREE Muzzleloading
(must be accompanied by valid big game license)

70+ Yrs. OR
40%+ Military Disabled

No Fee

Qualifications: Same as Muzzleloading Privilege.

Privileges: Same as Muzzleloading Privilege.

Small Game

16–69 Yrs.

$26

Qualifications: Hunter Education Certificate OR previous hunting license.

Privileges: Hunt small game species with gun or bow during appropriate seasons.

Junior Bowhunting (must apply in person accompanied by parent or legal guardian)

12–15 Yrs.

$9

Qualifications: Hunter Education Certificate OR previous hunting license, PLUS acceptable Bowhunter Education certificate, OR previous Jr. Bowhunting License PLUS proof of age (birth certificate) for
1st time applicants.

Privileges:

Ages 12–13: Hunt deer and bear with bow during the bowhunting season and the regular season, when accompanied* by a parent, legal guardian, or a “youth mentor” 21 years or older and designated in writing (see Junior Hunter/Trapper Mentoring Program ).

Ages 14–15: Hunt deer and bear with bow during the bowhunting season and the regular season, when accompanied* by a parent, legal guardian or person 18 years or older and designated in writing (see Junior Hunter/Trapper Mentoring Program).

* Accompanist must have certain privileges and a number of years of hunting experience (see Junior Hunter/Trapper Mentoring Program).

Junior Hunting (must apply in person
accompanied by parent or legal guardian)

12–15 Yrs.

$5

Qualifications: Hunter Education Certificate OR previous hunting license, PLUS proof of age (e.g. birth certificate or passport) for 1st time applicants.

Privileges:

Ages 12–13: Hunt small game species with gun or bow during appropriate seasons when accompanied* by a parent, legal guardian, or person 21 or older with written permission from parent/guardian.

Ages 14–15: Hunt small game species with gun or bow (with appropriate bow eligibility) during appropriate seasons when accompanied* by a parent, legal guardian, or person 18 or older with written permission from parent/guardian. Hunt big game species with a gun, crossbow (see Crossbow Hunting), or bow (with appropriate bow eligibility) when accompanied* by a parent, legal guardian or “youth mentor” 21 years or older designated in writing (see Junior Hunter/Trapper Mentoring Program).

* Accompanist must have a current hunting license, and if the youth is using a crossbow, accompanist must be certified in crossbow use (see Crossbow Hunting). Junior Hunters do not need a Federal Duck Stamp to hunt waterfowl.

Turkey Permit

12+ Yrs.

$10

Qualifications: Current year license to hunt small game.

*Turkey tags are included with the purchase of a Conservation Legacy, Super Sportsman, Trapper Super Sportsman, or Lifetime Sportsman License. To hunt turkey, all hunters must have a turkey permit. There are no exceptions.

Habitat and Access Stamp

Any

$5

Venison Donation (help feed the hungry by supporting NY’s venison donation program)

Any

$1 or more

Conservation Patron (includes Habitat Access Stamp
and Conservationist subscription)

Any

$12

Federal Duck Stamp (available at most Post Offices
and some sporting goods stores)

16+ Yrs.

$15

Qualifications: Validated by holder’s signature on the face of the stamp, AND NYS Conservation Legacy, Trapper Super Sportsman, Super Sportsman, Sportsman, Senior Sportsman, Small and Big Game, or Small Game license.

Privileges: Hunt migratory waterfowl. It is not needed for gallinules, coot, crows, rails, woodcock or snipe. All migratory game bird hunters, including Junior Hunters must register with the Harvest Information Program by calling toll free 1-888-427-5447 or register online at: www.ny-hip.com

Trapping

16–69 Yrs.

$21

Qualifications: Trapper Education Certificate OR previous trapping license.

Privileges: Set traps for species during their appropriate season (see Furbearer Trapping ).

Senior/Military Disabled Trapping

70+ Yrs.

$5

40% Military Disabled

Free

Qualifications: Same as Trapping PLUS 40% or greater service-related military disability documented annually by a letter from Veteran’s Administration, unless your VA letter states “Permanent,” or Patriot (See above).

Privileges: Same as trapping.

Junior Trapping (must apply in person, accompanied by parent or legal guardian)

Under 16 Yrs.

$6

Qualifications: Trapper Education Certificate OR previous trapping license.

Privileges: Same as trapping. See trapper mentoring information in Junior Hunter/Trapper Mentoring Program.

Note: Fishing privileges are included in Conservation Legacy, Super Sportsman, Trapper Super Sportsman, Sportsman and Senior Sportsman licenses.

 

Nonresident Licenses, Privileges And Stamps

Type

Age

Fee

Nonresident Super Sportsman

16+ Yrs.

$280

Qualifications: Hunter Education Certificate OR previous hunting license, PLUS acceptable Bowhunter Education Certificate OR Bow Stamp issued 1980 or later, OR NYS Junior Bowhunting License issued 1980 or later, OR NYS Nonresident Bowhunting or combination license issued 1993 or later.

Privileges: All the privileges that apply to nonresident big & small game, fishing, bowhunting, muzzleloading licenses and a turkey permit.

NOTE: Bear hunting is not included in the Nonresident Super Sportsman license. A separate bear tag must be purchased.

Nonresident Big Game (Deer only)

16+ Yrs.

$140

Qualifications: Hunter Education Certificate OR previous hunting license.

Privileges: Hunt deer only with gun, crossbow (see Crossbow Hunting), muzzleloader or bow (with appropriate bow privilege) during the regular season, or hunt deer with shotgun or muzzleloader during the January firearms season (permit required, see Big Game Hunting), in Suffolk County (WMU 1C).

NOTE: Those under 18 who are hunting big game for the first time as a holder of a big game license must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian, or a person over 18 with at least one year’s experience in hunting bear or deer, for the entire season. The parent, guardian or person over 18 must have a current license that allows the hunting of big game.

Deer Management Permit (DMP)
(Must apply by October 1)

14+ Yrs.
12+ Yrs. (Youth Bowhunting Only)

$10

Qualifications: Nonresident Super Sportsman, Nonresident Big Game, Nonresident Bowhunting OR Nonresident Muzzleloading license must pay a $10 non-refundable application fee. The fee is waived for Nonresident Junior Hunters and Nonresident Junior Bowhunters.

Privileges: Application for an antlerless deer tag that is issued by random computer selection. This tag is valid for hunting antlerless deer only (both antlers less than 3″ long) in a selected Wildlife Management Unit during all Southern Zone seasons. See DMP map.

Nonresident Bowhunting

16+ Yrs.

$140

Qualifications: Hunter Education Certificate OR previous hunting license, PLUS Acceptable Bowhunter Education Certificate, OR Bow Stamp issued 1980 or later, OR NYS Junior Bowhunting License issued 1980 or later, OR NYS Nonresident Bowhunting or Super Sportsman (1993 or later).

Privileges: Hunt deer only with a bow only during bowhunting seasons. Includes the regular season in Westchester County (WMU 3S) and Suffolk County (WMU 1C).

Nonresident Muzzleloading

14+ Yrs.

$140

Qualifications: Hunter Education Certificate, OR previous hunting license.

Privileges: Hunt deer only with a muzzleloader during muzzleloading season, and the January special firearms season in Suffolk County (WMU 1C). With this privilege, crossbows (see Crossbow Hunting) may also be used to hunt deer in the late muzzleloading seasons.

Nonresident Bear Tag

16+ Yrs.

$50

Qualifications: Current year Nonresident Super Sportsman OR current year Nonresident Big Game license OR current year Nonresident Bowhunting License OR current year Nonresident Muzzleloading License.

Privileges: Hunt bear with appropriate implement and during the appropriate seasons based on the qualifying license(s) purchased (see bear season map).

Nonresident Small Game

16+ Yrs.

$85

Qualifications: Hunter Education Certificate OR previous hunting license.

Privileges: Hunt small game species with gun or bow during the appropriate seasons.

Nonresident Junior Bowhunting (must apply in person, accompanied by parent or legal guardian)

12–15 Yrs.

$9

Qualifications: Hunter Education Certificate OR previous hunting license, PLUS acceptable Bowhunter Education certificate, OR previous Jr. Bowhunting License PLUS proof of age for 1st time applicants.

Privileges:

Ages 12–13: Hunt deer and bear with bow during the bowhunting season and the regular season, when accompanied* by a parent, legal guardian, or a “youth mentor” 21 years or older and designated in writing (see Junior Hunter/Trapper Mentoring Program).

Ages 14–15: Hunt deer and bear with bow during the bowhunting season and the regular season, when accompanied* by a parent, legal guardian or person 18 years or older and designated in writing (see Junior Hunter/Trapper Mentoring Program).

* Accompanist must have certain privileges and a number of years of hunting experience in hunting (see Junior Hunter/Trapper Mentoring Program).

Nonresident Junior Hunting (must apply in person, accompanied by parent or legal guardian)

12–15 Yrs.

$5

Qualifications: Hunter Education Certificate OR previous hunting license, PLUS proof of age for 1st time applicants.

Privileges:

Ages 12–13: Hunt small game species with gun or bow during appropriate seasons when accompanied* by a parent, legal guardian, or person 21 or older with written permission from parent/guardian.

Ages 14–15: Hunt small game species with gun or bow (with appropriate bow eligibility) during appropriate seasons when accompanied* by a parent, legal guardian, or person 18 or older with written permission from parent/guardian. Hunt big game species with a gun, crossbow (see Crossbow Hunting ), or bow (with appropriate bow eligibility) when accompanied* by a parent, legal guardian or “youth mentor” 21 years or older designated in writing (see Junior Hunter/Trapper Mentoring Program).

* Accompanist must have a current hunting license. Junior hunters do not need a Federal Duck Stamp to hunt waterfowl.

Nonresident Turkey Permit

12+ Yrs.

$50

Qualifications: Nonresident Small Game License, Super Sportsman or Junior Hunting License (ages 12–15).

Privileges: Hunt wild turkey during the fall and spring turkey seasons. See Turkey Regulations for bag limits and dates.

*Turkey carcass tags are included, (no fee) with the purchase of a Nonresident Super Sportsman License.
To hunt turkey, all hunters must have a turkey permit. There are no exceptions.

Habitat and Access Stamp

Any

$5

Conservation Patron (includes Habitat and Access Stamp & Conservationist subscription)

Any

$12

Federal Duck Stamp (available at most post offices and some sporting goods stores)

16+ Yrs.

$15

Note: You must sign your Federal Duck Stamp across its face prior to hunting.

Privileges: Hunt migratory waterfowl. It is not needed for gallinules, coot, crows, rails, woodcock or snipe. All migratory game bird hunters, including junior hunters must register with the Harvest Information Program by calling toll free 1-888-427-5447 or register online at: www.ny-hip.com

Nonresident Trapping

16+ Yrs.

$310

Qualifications: Trapping Education Certificate OR trapping license from any state.

Privileges: Set traps for species during appropriate seasons (see Junior Hunter/Trapper Mentoring Program).

Lifetime Sporting Licenses

Lifetime Resident Sportsman License

(combined small game, big game and fishing
privileges, also includes turkey permits):

For a person age 0–4

$380

For a person age 5–11

$535

For a person age 12–69

$765

For a person age 70 or older

$65

Other Lifetime Resident Licenses/Privileges

Small and Big Game
Hunting License

$535

Fishing License
(age 0–69)

$460

Fishing License
(age 70 and older)

$65

Trapping License

$395

Bowhunting

$235

Muzzleloading

$235

Lifetime Licenses & Tags
for Young Hunters

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