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Furbearer Hunting

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To hunt furbearers, you need to possess a Junior Hunting, Small Game, Small/Big Game, Conservation Legacy, Super Sportsman, Trapper Super Sportsman, Sportsman, Nonresident Small Game, or Nonresident Super Sportsman license. A trapping license does not allow you to hunt furbearers. Furbearers may be hunted with a bow or firearm as described below.

  • You may hunt red and gray fox, coyote, bobcat, raccoon, skunk, mink, weasel and opossum.
  • If you take a bobcat, it must be tagged and sealed.
  • You may use a call, including an electronic call.
  • You may hunt furbearers only after sunrise on the opening day. They may be taken at any hour, day or night, for the rest of their hunting season.
  • Mink may only be hunted in the Southern Zone with a firearm not larger than .22 caliber during their open trapping season. Mink may not be hunted with a firearm in the Northern Zone.
  • Muskrat may only be hunted on Lake Champlain during the open trapping season with a firearm not larger than .22 caliber.
  • You may hunt furbearers during the day using any handgun, shotgun, rifle or bow. You may hunt at night as described below.

Hunting Furbearers At Night

All laws pertaining to the use of a spotlight apply.

  1. If you are hunting in an area when any deer season (including bowhunting) is open:
    • You may hunt during the day or night.
    • You may use a light, but you may not hunt from any motor vehicle, including an ATV.
    • You may use a shotgun, muzzleloader, bow, handgun or air gun.
    • You may use any rimfire rifle, except in Westchester, Nassau, and Suffolk counties where rifles are not allowed.
    • You may use any center-fire rifle ONLY if rifles are also allowed for deer hunting in that area. (Refer to Legal Implements map.)
  2. If you are hunting in an area when all deer seasons are closed:
    • You may hunt during the day or night.
    • You may use a light.
    • You may use a shotgun, muzzleloader, bow, handgun or air gun.
    • You may use any rifle of any caliber, except in Westchester, Nassau and Suffolk counties, where rifles are not allowed.

Hunters should consult with local government officials for any laws that may prohibit the discharge of firearms at night.

The use of a light-gathering (starlight) scope is legal on any firearm listed above.

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If you take a bobcat you must:

  1. Complete a Furbearer Possession Tag (see below) AND
  2. Get the pelt or unskinned animal sealed.

New Furbearer Possession Tag

Furbearer Possession Tags may be printed or downloaded from the DEC website: http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/29046.html. Tags may also be obtained by calling (518) 402-8883 or writing to: Furbearer Possession Tag, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-4754.

Weasel, Opossum, Skunk, Raccoon And Fox Hunting

Long Island: Nov. 1–Feb. 25

All other areas of New York:
Oct. 25–Feb. 15.

There are no bag limits for these species. They may be hunted during the day or night.

Coyote Hunting

Statewide except Long Island and New York City: Oct. 1–March 25

There are no bag limits for coyotes. They may be hunted during the day or night.

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Place your name & address or Customer ID # on all your traps.

 

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