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Bobcat Hunting Seasons

To hunt 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 obtain a free bobcat harvest expansion area permit from a Regional Bureau of Wildlife office (see below).

Please note that a hunting/trapping activity log and submission of the carcass within the Harvest Expansion Area is no longer required.

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

Map of New York State showing bobcat hunting season for different areas

To obtain a free permit for hunting and/or trapping 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 hunting/trapping license or backtag)
  • Phone # and E-mail address
  • Indicate whether you plan to hunt bobcat, trap 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 hunt and/or trap.
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