(Small & big game, fishing, bowhunting, muzzleloading and
To qualify for a hunting
license, applicant must have a Hunter's Education Certificate or a valid
previous Hunting License.
Junior Hunting and Junior
Archery applicants must be accompanied by parent or legal guardian. A
Birth Certificate is required for 1st time applicants.
Junior Archers must have a
Hunter's Education Certificate or a previous Hunting License plus a
Bowhunter's Education Certificate or previous Junior Archery License.
Junior Hunting applicants
must have a Hunter's Education Certificate or previous Junior Hunting
Applicants under the age of
18 years 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 person
over 18 with at least one year experience in hunting deer or bear. The
parent, guardian or person over 18 must have a current license that allows
the hunting of big game.
Senior Citizens age 70 and
older become eligible for a reduced license fee of $10.00.
To qualify for Military
Disabled, the applicant must have 40% or greater service-related military
disability documented annually by a letter from the Veteran's
The Department of
Environmental Conservation (DEC) is now using a method for selling licenses,
issuing Deer Management Permits (DMP) and reporting game harvest
information. The system is called DECALS - DECAutomated
DECALS will provide
sportspersons with a more convenient way to obtain licenses and permits.
It will also provide issuing agents and the DEC with a more efficient system for
gathering and maintaining information on hunting and trapping license buyers and
license sales. In addition, the new automated reporting system will allow
the DEC to tabulate and analyze game harvest more quickly and economically than
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 of ten (10) hours in
length. The department of environmental Conservation (DEC) honors hunter
education certificates and sporting licenses from all other states and
Hunters wishing to bowhunt
must take an additional eight (8) hour minimum bowhunter education course.
The DEC also honors bowhunter education certificates issued by:
The National Field Archery
Association or National Bowhunter Education Foundation or Interntaional
Bowhunter Education Program issued in 1974 or later in any state or country;
Any state or provincial
fish and wildlife agency (Certificate or card must specify the course was
for bowhunting and not a general hunting course with a bowhunting segment);
The Ontario Bowhunters
Association (on green or brown letterhead stationery with moosehead
bow-and-arrow emblem until July 31, 1987); or
The Ontario Federation of
Anglers and Hunters (on letterhead after August 1, 1987.)
To qualify for a resident
license, a person must live in New York State for more than thirty days
immediately prior to the date of application. Land ownership in New York
does not make a person a resident. Residency is that place where a person
maintains a fixed, permanent, and principal home (regardless wherever
temporarily located), such as where a person is registered to vote. If
under the age of 18, the residence of parents or legal guardian shall be deemed
such person's residence.
Active members of the Untied
States Armed Forces stationed in New York and full-time college students in
residence in New York State during the school year (proof required) qualify for
annual resident licenses.
Deer Management Permits
Deer Management Permits (DMP)
are issued by a random computer drawing and the hunter will know immediately
whether successful in obtaining a permit. Although some hunters may not be
selected for permits at the point of sale, there will be an opportunity to
purchase leftover in a "clearance sale" later on.
Tags must be visibly displayed
on the middle of the back while hunting, except in the Northern Zone and
Need more information?
Stop by the Town Clerk's
office to pick up the Hunting & Trapping Regulation Guide or visit the DEC's
website at: www.dec.state.ny.us.