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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 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 hunting and trapping apply.
  3. Maintain and submit a hunting/trapping activity log; this will be provided by DEC when you receive your permit. Completed hunting/trapping activity logs, even if you did not hunt or trap, 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.

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