Permit Requirements for Fisher and Marten

Hunting Regulations Icon New York Hunting

Following completion of the New York State Fisher Management Plan, regulations were adopted to:

  • Reduce the fisher (and marten) trapping season from 46 days to 30 days in select Adirondack Wildlife Management Units (WMUs) in the Northern Zone (yellow area on the map).
  • Establish a 6-day fisher trapping season in selected WMUs in Central/Western New York (blue area on the map).
  • Require a free special permit for all fisher trapping. The special permit will enable DEC to collect important data for managing fisher harvests.

Permit conditions:

  • To trap fisher anywhere in the state or marten in Adirondack WMUs, obtain a Special Free Fisher Permit or combination Fisher/Marten Permit (yellow area on map) from DEC regional Bureau of Wildlife offices as outlined in the table below.
  • Submit the skull or lower jaw of all harvested fishers and the entire carcass of all harvested martens at the time of pelt sealing.
  • Complete and submit a trapping activity log, even if you did not trap, within 10 days after the close of the season.

To Obtain a Free Fisher or Fisher/Marten Permit:

Only one fisher or fisher/marten permit is needed to trap these species anywhere in New York where the season is open.

Contact your regional wildlife office (see table below), or apply by e-mail. You must provide the following information:

  • Name
  • Species (fisher or fisher/marten)
  • Mailing address
  • DEC ID # (from your trapping license or backtag)
  • Phone number and/or e-mail address

Apply by e-mail to: wildlife@dec.ny.gov, type “Fisher/Marten Permit” in the subject line. Please be sure to include the information listed above and the primary county where you plan to trap.

and Marten Trapping

Fisher and Marten pelts must be sealed.

DEC Region







Contact any regional wildlife office to obtain a free permit to trap fisher in any WMU with an open season (other than those listed for fisher/marten).

21 S Putt Corners Rd, New Paltz, NY 12561



1130 N Westcott Rd, Schenectady, NY 12306



5C, 5F, 5G, 5H, 5J, 6F, 6J

232 Golf Course Rd, Warrensburg, NY 12885



317 Washington St, Watertown, NY 13601




1285 Fisher Ave, Cortland, NY 13045



7291 Coon Rd, Bath, NY 14810



182 E Union St, Suite 3, Allegany, NY 14706


Report Your Furbearer Sightings!

DEC wants to learn more about the occurrence of various furbearers throughout New York such as bobcat, otter, fisher, and weasel. Your observations help biologists understand the distribution and abundance of these elusive or inconspicuous mammals.

You can report you observations online, and can even include photos!

Go to www.dec.ny.gov/animals/30770.html or e-mail us at wildlife@dec.ny.gov

Thanks for your help!