Hunting Licenses

Any people of all ages are required a hunting license who can hunt animals such as turtle, frog or bird. However, with nuisance fur-bearing ones as coyotes or depredating hogs, you do not need a license. Moreover, in the event of hunters under 17 years old, they are able to still hunt by means of buying a Youth Hunting License. After all, to understand clearly about hunting licenses, you had better read the detailed information below:

1> Requirement

All of the beginner hunters have to pass at least one even a large number of hunting courses in order to get an official hunting license. Therefore, first of all, you had better learn the free hunting courses near to your place by means of visiting the Sportsman Education page.


2> How to purchase your hunting license, privilege or permit

It is very important for you to know that in case you buy hunting license in the Internet or cell phone, you have to wait until 14 days in business, not including legal holidays for receiving your hunting license or tags by email. Thus, do not hunt any animals before you get your own hunting license in hand. In case, you need the hunting license or tags immediately, let you visit an issuing license at agent company.

You must pay attention that if you are in the following cases, you will not be performed any transactions byways above Migratory Duck Stamp, the Harvest Information Program, Permits for hunters with the disability as well as several reduced fee even free hunting licenses requiring a separate application system or process. Don't worry, now on the Internet, it is very easy for you to find out countless links guiding you how to take these kinds of stamps, permits and licenses.

3> License types and fees


In terms of license types, there are two main ones: Annual Hunting License and Additional Annual Hunting Privileges, Permit or Stamps base on residency qualifications

The first one: Annual Hunting License

It allows you to hunt big and small games especially before other privileges, you need to get it such as muzzleloading, bow hunting and turkey permit. It is divided into two fee cases: resident and non-resident fees.

  • Resident fee: In ascending fee, people from 12 to 15 and over 70 have to pay $5 while hunters from 16 to 69 years old will pay $22.
  • Non-resident fee: hunters over 16 years old need $100 for a hunting license. Meanwhile, people from 12 to 15 years old just pay $5.

The small notes: if you would like to buy a separate bear tag, it is not essential for you to purchase a hunting license. Whether you are a resident or non-resident, the today's annual hunting license allows taking part in small and big hunting games. These have changed since February 1, 2014, but to ensure and know more about these kinds of information, let you see changes of Sporting Licenses in 2014.

The second license: Additional Annual Hunting Privileges, Permit or Stamps

The most important note is that before buying this, you need have annual hunting license

Bowhunting Privilege: with resident fee, its costs are $15 for ages from 16 to 69, no fee for ages over 70 and $4 for ages from 12 to 15 while with nonresident fee, its prices are $30 for ages over 16 and $4 for ages from 12 to 15

Muzzleloading Privilege: with a resident fee, hunters from 14 to 69 years old have to pay $15 and no fee for over 70 while with a nonresident fee, hunters over 14 years old will pay $30.

Turkey Permit: fee of residents over 12 years old is $10 while nonresidents over 12 years old's are $20.

Harvest Information Program: residents over 12 years old and nonresidents registering in New York even in another state need not pay.

Federal Duck Stamp: both fees for residents and non-residents are $25 for hunters over 16 years old.

NOTE: let you visit the Hunting Licenses or Privileges Needed pages for knowing when you need to have privilege, permit or stamp.

Deer management permit: fee for both residents and nonresidents are $10 for ages over 16, No fee for ages from 12 to 15 and lifetime sportsman licenses' holders bought prior to October 1, 2009.

NOTE: with Wildlife Management Units, Harvesting antlerless deer's antlers must be less than 3" long.

Permits for Hunter's with Disability: all of the hunters are free

NOTE: You have to utilize the specialized equipment for aiding in a discharging bow or a discharging firearm from a motorized mean.

4> Annual Licenses or Privileges' Valid Dates

Normally, their valid dates are from September 1 through August 31 every year

With The Federal Duck Stamp and Harvest Information Program, it is valid July 1 through June 30 each year.

5> Free or reduced fee and lifetime licenses

You can have free or reduced fee and lifetime licenses, if you meet the following conditions:

  • Senior citizen over 70 years
  • Military veteran with 40% or greater disability 
  • Junior hunter from 12 to 15 years
  • Member of Native American tribes
  • Non-resident student of New York State College or University full-time 
  • Active duty military
  • With only residents, hunting for life with lifetime licenses

6> Who Needs a Hunting License

  • Hunters over 12 years old can use firearm or bow for hunting or take wild games because people under 12 years are not allowed to hunt.
  • Junior Hunters from 12 to 15 for reviewing regulations and information.
  • People need additional privileges or permits, depending on the hunting seasons and species.

7> Conclusion:

As I said easier, whether you are bow hunters, trappers or beginner hunter, you have to pass one, even more, hunting courses before receiving the license. You are able to trust the trained and certified instructors of the DEC because of teaching safe and responsible outdoor practices. All of the kinds of these courses are free but there is a limited space. You ought to sign up as soon as possible due to on hunting seasons, most of the hunting classes are filled very fast.

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