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Hunting in New York: 6 Things to Know Before Applying for a Hunting Permit for Adults


By    |   Thursday, 28 May 2015 01:48 AM

Opportunities for hunting abound in New York state with its vast public lands and wildlife ranging from big game to small game to various bird species and furbearers as well. Hunting methods include rifle, muzzleloader, archery, crossbow, and trapping, but the first step is to obtain a permit. Here are six things to know before applying for a hunting permit in New York.
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  1.  New York restructured the licensing process in 2014 so that the same hunting license covers both small game and big game. Hunters can pay an additional fee to add bowhunting, muzzleloading, and turkey permit privileges to the license. Permits run from September through August of each year.

  2. A hunting permit, regulated by the Department of Environmental Conservation, is required for anyone 12 years of age or older who wants to use a bow or gun to hunt wild game. Exceptions include residents hunting small game on their own active farm lands, Native Americans hunting small game on the reservation where they reside, and individuals hunting with a licensed shooting operation at their facility.

  3. New hunters must pass a free sportsman education course to qualify for a first-time hunting license. These courses, led by instructors certified by the Department of Environmental Conservation, cover firearms, bowhunting, trapping, waterfowl identification, and crossbow hunting depending on the hunter's interests. Most classes are offered between March and September.

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  5. New York hunting permits may be ordered online, by phone, or in person. Licenses ordered online or by phone take 14 business days to arrive before the individual can go hunting. Immediate licensing is available with a visit to a license issuing agent location.

  6. Some individuals may qualify for free or reduced fee licenses with proper qualifications and documentation. Special rates may apply to active duty military, disabled veterans, Junior hunters, senior citizens, certain Native American tribe members, and nonresident full-time students attending college in New York.

  7. New York residents may opt to purchase a lifetime hunting license, which will remain in effect even if the hunter moves out of New York. Applicants must show proof of residency for at least one year prior to the application date. A replacement fee of $5 is charged for any lifetime license that is lost.

This article is for information only. Please check current regulations before hunting.

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