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Bobcat Trapping Seasons

To trap bobcat in the "Harvest Expansion Area" (area highlighted in blue on the map), which includes WMUs 3R, 3S, 4A, 4F, 4O, 5R, 6R, 6S, 7S, 8T, 8W, 8X, 8Y, 9J, 9K, 9M, 9N, 9P, 9R, 9S, 9T, 9W, 9X and 9Y, you must do the following:

  1. Obtain a free bobcat harvest expansion area permit from a Regional Bureau of Wildlife office (see below).
  2. Comply with all conditions stated on the permit. All other regulations associated with furbearer trapping and hunting apply.
  3. Maintain and submit a trapping/hunting activity log; this will be provided by DEC when you receive your permit. Completed trapping/hunting activity logs, even if you did not trap or hunt, must be submitted by November 30th.
  4. Submit the skull or lower jaw of all harvested bobcats at the time of pelt sealing.
  5. The season in the Harvest Expansion Area will open on October 25th and close November 20th, 2015. All bobcats taken in the Harvest Expansion Area must be pelt sealed by November 30th.

If you take a bobcat anywhere in New York State it must be tagged and sealed.

New York State map showing trapping season for different areas for bobcats

To obtain a free permit for trapping and/or hunting bobcat within the "Harvest Expansion Area" contact DEC by phone, mail, or e-mail. Please provide the following information:

  • Name
  • Mailing address
  • Date of Birth
  • DEC ID # (from your trapping/hunting license or backtag)
  • Phone # and E-mail address
  • Indicate whether you plan to trap bobcat, hunt bobcat, or both
  • You may request a permit by e-mail. If you do so, please indicate the county or WMU where you plan to trap and/or hunt.
DEC Regional Wildlife Offices
DEC Region Wildlife Mgt. Units Address Phone
3 3R, 3S 21 S. Putt Corners Rd.
New Paltz, NY 12561
4 / 5 / 6 4A, 4F, 4O, 5R, 6R, 6S 1130 North Westcott Road
Schenectady, NY 12306-2014
7 7S 1285 Fisher Ave.
Cortland, NY 13045
607-753-3095 x. 247
8 8T, 8W, 8X, 8Y 7291 Coon Rd.
Bath, NY 14810-9728
607-776-2165 x. 16
9 9J, 9K, 9M, 9N, 9P, 9R, 9S, 9T, 9W, 9X, 9Y 182 E. Union St., Suite 3
Allegany, NY 14706