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Hunting in New York: Are Safety Courses Required to Hunt in New York? How Do I Pass Classes?

By    |   Thursday, 28 May 2015 06:25 PM

When hunting in New York, a license or permit is required to hunt, whether it is big game like deer and black bear or small animals like bobcats and coyote, or even unprotected animals like porcupine. If a person has hunted before and possessed a license in the past, they can purchase a license for hunting in New York.

However, if a person can't provide proof of possessing a hunting license in the past, they have to take a mandatory 10-hour hunter education class. Here is what hunters need to know before applying for a license in New York:


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1. Hunter Education

Mandatory hunter education is required for all first-time hunters that use either firearms or archery for any sort of hunting in New York. Hunters can sign up for courses through the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation website. There are two types of courses, the first being a traditional course with an instructor, which is free. In almost all instances, that is the only type offered, but there is also a home study course that includes a field session with an instructor. The course includes safety classes, history of firearms, proper gun handling, and more. A 50-question test must be passed to finish the course.

2. Bowhunter Education

If a person wants to hunt with a bow, they must take an additional bowhunter education course, which teaches safety techniques and responsibilities for using a bow. Just like the Hunter Education course, this is available as a traditional course, or as a home study option with the additional field session with an instructor. This is an eight-hour class and a 40-question test must be passed to complete the course.

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3. Trapper Education

Anyone planning on setting traps to catch wild game will also need to take a trapper education course. This is only available as a home study course with a field session alongside an instructor. The course length is about eight hours and it teaches safety, trapping techniques, preparing pelts, and the laws and regulations. A 40-question final exam completes the course.

4. Waterfowl Identification Education

Finally, there is a waterfowl identification class that is a three-hour traditional class with an instructor. This is the only way to get access to National Wildlife Refuges and state lands for waterfowl hunting. The course teaches how to identify birds, regulations, safety, ethics, and ballistics. There is a 25-question final exam to complete the course.

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

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