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Furbearer Possession Tags

Furbearer Possession Tag and Pelt-sealed FisherA furbearer possession tag and subsequent pelt sealing is required for otter, bobcat, fisher and marten. You are no longer required to report your beaver harvest or to get a beaver pelt sealed.

The Furbearer Possession Tag (PDF) (29 kB) may be downloaded or printed out from this web site and used to possess multiple otter, bobcat, or fisher. A special permit is required for trapping marten. Contact DEC's Region 5 wildlife office at (518) 623-1240 for details on marten trapping.

Complete this tag immediately upon arrival at your mode of travel, camp, or home, whichever occurs first. Be sure to record your identification number from your trapping or hunting license. This tag is not an official pelt seal; however, it must accompany your pelt or unskinned animal at all times until it is sealed (affixed with a plastic band by DEC staff). This furbearer possession tag allows you (the taker) to legally possess the pelt or unskinned animal until sealing is required.

The pelt or unskinned animal must be sealed before:

  • It may be exported from New York State;
  • It is sold or transferred to another's possession mounted or processed; or
  • The end of the tenth day after the close of the season in the Wildlife Management Unit (WMU) where it was taken, whichever comes first.

To get your pelt or unskinned animal sealed, or for questions regarding this tag, please contact the nearest DEC regional wildlife office.

A supply of Furbearer Possession tags may also be obtained from the Bureau of Wildlife at DEC Regional Offices, by e-mailing us, by calling (518) 402-8883, or by writing to:

Furbearer Possession Tags
625 Broadway
Albany, NY 12233-4754