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New York State Hunting License Information & Fees

Purchase Your Hunting License/Privilege/Permit

  • At a License Issuing Agent Location
  • Online or by Phone 
    • **IMPORTANT: When making an online/phone purchase, you must wait 14 business days to receive your license/tags by mail before going hunting. To get licenses/tags instantly, visit a license issuing agent location.

NOTE: Transactions that cannot be made via the links above: Permits for hunters with disability, the Harvest Information Program, Migratory Duck Stamp, and some reduced fee/free licenses require a separate application system or process. Please follow the links provided on this page for details on how to apply to these permits, stamps or licenses.

License Types & Fees

Annual Hunting License (View residency qualifications
With this license you can hunt big game and small game. 


***This license is required before other privileges (i.e. bowhunting, muzzleloading & turkey permit) can be purchased.***

New York State Hunting License Fees

Resident Hunting License Fees

  • Ages 16-69: The fee for residents aged 16 to 69 is $22.
  • Seniors (Ages 70+): Senior residents, those aged 70 and above, are eligible for a reduced fee of $5.
  • Junior Hunters (Ages 12-15): Young hunters in the age group of 12 to 15 can obtain a hunting license for $5.

Nonresident Hunting License Fees

  • Ages 16 and Older: Nonresidents aged 16 and above are required to pay $100 for a hunting license.
  • Junior Nonresident Hunters (Ages 12-15): Similar to residents, the fee for nonresident hunters aged 12 to 15 is $5.

Inclusions in the Hunting License

  • Bear Tag: It is important to note that purchasing a separate bear tag is not necessary when buying a hunting license.
  • Small and Big Game: Both small game and big game hunting are included in the annual hunting license for both residents and nonresidents.

Additional Annual Hunting Privileges, Permits, and Stamps for New York State

Bowhunting Privilege

Resident Fees

  • Ages 16-69: $15
  • Ages 70 and Older: No fee
  • Ages 12-15: $4

Nonresident Fees

  • Ages 16 and Older: $30
  • Ages 12-15: $4

Purpose

  • Required for bowhunting.

Muzzleloading Privilege

Resident Fees

  • Ages 14-69: $15
  • Ages 70 and Older: No fee

Nonresident Fees

  • Ages 14 and Older: $30

Purpose

  • Necessary for muzzleloader hunting.

Turkey Permit

Fees

  • Residents and Nonresidents (Ages 12 and Older): $10 for residents, $20 for nonresidents.

Harvest Information Program (HIP)

Fees

  • All Ages: No fee for both residents and nonresidents.
  • Note: Registration in New York is required even if registered in another state.

Federal Duck Stamp

Fees

Deer Management Permit

Resident Fees

  • Ages 16 and Older: $10
  • Ages 12-15: No fee
  • Lifetime Sportsman License Holders (Pre-October 1, 2009): No fee

Purpose

  • For harvesting antlerless deer in select Wildlife Management Units.

Permits for Hunters with Disability

Fees

  • All Ages: No fee for both residents and nonresidents.

Purpose

  • For using specialized equipment to aid in discharging a bow or to discharge a firearm from a motorized vehicle.

For detailed information on when a privilege, permit, or stamp is needed, it's recommended to visit the Hunting Licenses/Privileges Needed page on the DEC website. These additional privileges and permits are designed to cater to specific hunting activities and needs, ensuring responsible and regulated hunting practices in New York State.

Validity Periods for Annual Hunting Licenses and Privileges in New York State

Annual Hunting Licenses and Privileges

  • Valid Dates: All annual hunting licenses and associated privileges are valid from September 1 through August 31 of each year.
    • This annual cycle ensures that hunters are covered for the typical hunting seasons which generally fall within these dates.

Harvest Information Program (HIP) and Federal Duck Stamp

  • Valid Dates for HIP: The Harvest Information Program registration is valid from July 1 through June 30 annually.
    • This slightly different validity period aligns more closely with the migratory patterns of certain game birds, aiding in effective wildlife management.
  • Valid Dates for Federal Duck Stamp: Similarly, the Federal Duck Stamp follows the same validity period as the HIP, from July 1 through June 30 each year.
    • This timing is crucial for waterfowl hunters, as it covers the waterfowl hunting seasons.

Free/Reduced Fee & Lifetime Licenses

Requirements for Obtaining a Hunting License in New York State

Who Needs a Hunting License

General Requirements

  • Age 12 and Older: Anyone aged 12 or older using a firearm or bow to hunt or take wild game must have a hunting license.
  • Under Age 12: Individuals under the age of 12 are not permitted to hunt.

Junior Hunters (Ages 12-15)

  • Regulations and Information: Junior hunters should review specific regulations and information tailored for their age group. This ensures safe and responsible hunting practices.

Additional Privileges/Permits

  • Season and Species Specific: Depending on the hunting season and species targeted, additional privileges or permits may be required. These are outlined in the previously mentioned table.

Who Does Not Need a Hunting License

Exemptions

  • Resident Landowners Engaged in Farming:
    • This includes lessees and immediate family members.
    • They are exempt from requiring a license when hunting small game on farm lands they occupy and cultivate.
  • Native Americans on Reservation Land:
    • Native Americans living and hunting on reservation land are exempt from needing a hunting license.
  • Licensed Shooting Preserves or Big Game Shooting Facilities:
    • Individuals hunting in these areas do not need a hunting license.
  • Note on Turkey Hunting
    • Mandatory Turkey Permit: All hunters, regardless of other exemptions, must purchase a turkey permit to hunt turkey. There are no exceptions to this rule.

Address Changes and Replacing Lost License Cards/Tags for New York Hunting Licenses

Address Changes

Methods for Changing Address

  • Online: Address changes can be made through the online system.
  • By Phone: Call 1-866-933-2257. Note the operational hours:
    • Until Oct. 1: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • After Oct. 2: Regular weekday hours resume.
  • License Issuing Agent Location: Visit any license issuing agent to update your address.
  • By Email: Send an email including your full name, date of birth, Customer ID number (if known), new address, and telephone number.

Replacing Lost License Cards/Tags

Locations and Fees for Replacement

  • Where to Replace: Visit a license issuing agent location for replacements.
  • Replacement Fees:
    • Annual and lifetime licenses (fishing, hunting, trapping): $5 per transaction.
    • Recreational marine fishing registration card: No fee.
    • Carcass tag sets (deer, bear, turkey): $10 per set.
    • Back tags for hunting: No fee.

Specifics for Lifetime License Holders

  • Mailing of Licenses and Tags: Should be received no later than September 1st each year, subject to meeting age and education requirements and keeping the license profile updated.
  • Replacement Procedure:
    • Free replacements available at an agent location between September 1st and November 1st if the mailing is not received.
    • After November 1, standard replacement fees apply.

Annual License and New Lifetime License Purchases

  • Delivery Timeframe: Allow 14 business days from the date of purchase to receive the license and tags by mail.
  • Replacement Timeline:
    • If not received within 14 business days, you have 60 days from the date of purchase for free replacements either by a license issuing agent or through the License Sales office (Monday-Friday, 8am-4pm).
    • Replacements after 60 days are subject to replacement fees.

Responsibilities of License Holders for Hunting and Fishing in New York State

Carrying and Displaying the License

  • On-Hand Requirement: License holders must have their license readily available while engaging in any activity permitted by the license.
  • Display Upon Request: License holders are required to display their license(s) to any police officer, peace officer, or property owner/manager upon request while on their property.

Access to Private Property

  • Permission Requirement: Holding a hunting, trapping, or fishing license does not grant the right to access private property. Permission from the landowner is mandatory.

Accuracy of License Information

  • Verification of Details: License holders should verify the accuracy of their license information immediately after purchase or upon delivery.
  • Correction of Errors: Any errors discovered should be corrected as soon as possible, as errors can invalidate a license.

License Usage and Transferability

  • Personal Use: Licenses, permits, tags, or stamps are personal and non-transferable, intended for use only by the person to whom they were issued.
  • Possession of Others' Licenses: It is illegal to possess another person's license, permit, or stamp, with the exception of a transferred Deer Management Permit, unless accompanied by the license's owner.

Compliance with Harvest Limits and Regulations

  • Adherence to Regulations: License holders are responsible for being informed about and adhering to all harvest limits, seasons, and other relevant sporting regulations before engaging in fishing, hunting, or trapping.

Licenses as Gifts in New York State

Eligibility for Gift Licenses

  • Age Restriction: Only lifetime licenses for children under the age of 16 can be purchased as gifts. This restriction ensures that the gift is for long-term use and benefits young outdoors enthusiasts.

Required Documents for Gift Purchases

To ensure a smooth purchase process, the following documents are needed:

Proof of Age

One of the following documents must be provided to verify the age of the child:

  • Birth Certificate: A valid and official birth certificate.
  • Passport: An up-to-date and valid passport.
  • Driver's License: A current driver's license, applicable for older children.

Proof of Residency

For children under the age of 16, proof of residency of the parent or legal guardian is acceptable:

  • Parent/Legal Guardian Proof of Residency: Documentation that establishes residency in New York State, ensuring the recipient is eligible for a resident license.

Where to Purchase Lifetime Licenses as Gifts

  • License Issuing Agent Locations: Gift purchases of lifetime licenses can be made at any official license issuing agent location in New York State. These locations are equipped to process the transaction and verify all necessary documentation.
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