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January Firearms Deer Hunting Season in Suffolk County

This page contains general information on hunting during Long Island's special shotgun and muzzleloading firearms season in January.

Season Dates: The January firearms deer season begins on the first Sunday in January and ends on January 31.

Hunting Hours: Sunrise to sunset

Manner of Taking: Shotgun, using a single ball or slug, or a muzzleloading rifle or pistol, shooting a single projectile, having a minimum bore of 0.44 inches. Shotgun barrels may be rifled, and telescopic sights may be used. Crossbows are not a legal hunting implement in Suffolk County.

Valid License & Tags: Hunters must have a valid New York State hunting license and carcass tag to participate in the hunt. Valid tags include the Regular Season Deer tag, Deer Management Permits (DMP) for Unit 1C, Archery tags, Muzzleloader tags and Bonus DMPs for Unit 1C.

Archery Hunting: Archery hunting during the January firearms season is allowed pursuant to the regular deer hunting season regulations. Archery hunters are not required to obtain landowner's endorsement or a town permit.

Landowner's Endorsement

The Landowner's Endorsement form (PDF, 47 KB) must be signed by a person owning or leasing ten or more acres of land in an area open to hunting during this special season.

The Landowner's Endorsement constitutes the landowner's or lessee's written consent for you to hunt on his or her lands in accordance with the conditions of the special season. If a landowner or lessee owning or controlling ten or more acres wishes to hunt on his or her own property, he or she must endorse his or her own application.

Town Permit

In order to get at Town permit complete the Application for a Town Permit (PDF, 50 KB) and present it along with a completed Landowner's Endorsement form and your Hunting License, complete with carcass tags. Permits will be issued starting in early December by the town clerks listed below during their normal business hours. Permits will be issued by town clerks for their respective towns only, and only until their quota is exhausted. Should the quota be exhausted in the town you originally desired to hunt, you must repeat the process of obtaining landowner's consent to hunt in another township. Permits will be issued in the order applicants appear. There may be a $1 fee for the permits. The permit authorizes you to hunt ONLY within the town specified and ONLY on land for which you have obtained a signed Landowner's Endorsement. The permits are non transferrable.

If the Town that you wish to hunt is not listed below, no town permit is required. The Towns of Brookhaven, East Hampton, Riverhead, Shelter Island and Southold have waived the Town permit.

Permit Quota by towns
Town Address Quota
Babylon 200 E. Sunrise Highway, Lindenhurst 200
Huntington 100 Main Street, Huntington 500
Islip 655 Main Street, Islip 200
Smithtown 99 W. Main Street, Smithtown 1,000
Southampton 116 Hampton Road, Southampton 2,500

Any person who has violated any provision of the Environmental Conservation Law or the regulation governing this special season while hunting with the special permit, shall, upon apprehension, surrender his or her permit; upon conviction or settlement, the permit may be canceled. Any application for a permit or permit obtained by fraud, or by a person not entitled to a permit, shall be void. No permit will be replaced if it is lost, stolen or destroyed.

While hunting, an individual must carry on his or her person his or her Hunting License and tags, his or her Landowner's Endorsement and his or her Town Permit. All successful hunters must follow the deer tagging and check station procedures.

Bonus Deer Management Permits

Bonus DMPs are available to hunters who take antlerless deer on any Unit 1C DMPs (original or Bonus DMPs) during the special January Firearms season. Bonus DMP's are valid for antlerless deer only. For more information on how to obtain a bonus DMP in region 1C please visit the Bonus DMP page.

Deer Check Stations

Deer Check stations are open to check deer and to issue Bonus DMPs. All deer harvested on state managed lands, including Barcelona Neck and Noyac, must be presented at a check station. Hunters harvesting deer from private lands are also urged to check their deer. The taker shall personally transport the deer to a check station, except that they may designate another to transport the deer, providing the taker's carcass tag and a tag supplied by him/her, on which is written legibly in ink the name and address of the person to transport the deer, the date and the signature of the taker and transporter, are attached to the carcass. DEC check stations will be located as follows:

Station Location Hours Townships Served
Ridge Conservation Area 484 Randall Rd., north of Rt. 25, mile west of William Floyd Pkwy, Ridge (631) 924-3156 Daily: 8 a.m. - 4:45 p.m. For all DEC-managed properties in the towns of Brookhaven, Riverhead and Southampton
Hither Hills State Park Maintenance Area Old Montauk Hwy., ½ mi. east of Montauk Hwy., East Hampton Weekdays: 8 a.m. - 4:45 p.m. For all DEC-managed properties located in the Town of East Hampton
DEC Region 1 Office, Stony Brook SUNY at Stony Brook
50 Circle Road
Stony Brook, New York 11790
To make an appointment, call (631) 444-0310 For Bonus DMPs only

DEC-managed Public Deer Hunting

Public hunting is available on certain state and county lands through cooperative agreements between the landholders and DEC. Further details may be obtained by calling the Bureau of Wildlife at (631) 444-0310.

Special Rules for Hunting DEC-managed lands

DEC provides deer hunting opportunities on several properties in Suffolk County. These opportunities are made available on lands owned by DEC and through agreements on lands owned by other state agencies and local governments.

The demand for deer hunting makes it necessary for hunters to follow specific procedures to ensure equal hunting opportunity for all. These instructions are intended to serve as a guide to obtaining permission for deer hunting on DEC-managed lands in Suffolk County. For information on deer hunting on private lands in Suffolk County, contact the Bureau of Wildlife at (631) 444-0310.

Procedures for Hunting DEC-managed Lands

Step 1: Enter drawing for DEC-managed lands

To hunt for deer on DEC-managed lands, you must enter a drawing. This drawing is always held on the first Tuesday of December. All entries must be received by 4:45 p.m. the day before the drawing.

There are no applications for this drawing. To enter send a No. 10 legal-size envelope (4 ⅛" x 9 ½") to:

NYSDEC - Deer Drawing
P. O. Box 659
Ridge, NY 11961-0659

This envelope must contain a self-addressed, stamped legal-size return envelope (4 ⅛" x 9 ½"). You must write your back tag number on the back of the return envelope. Applicants not sending correct envelope sizes will be rejected. You may only send one entry. Any individual who sends more than one entry will have all of his or her entries removed from the drawing. Each member of a two-hunter party may send one entry.

Step 2: Receive a drawing number

Within two weeks of the drawing date you will receive a drawing number in the mail. This drawing number will indicate the day in which you are to make a reservation to hunt. You must make your reservation at the Ridge Hunter Check Station during the last full week (Monday-Friday) before December 25.

The sheet listing your drawing number is the only record of your selection and will be needed to select a reservation.

Step 3: Make a hunting reservation

When making a reservation, you must have each of the following items with you:

  1. Drawing Number & Instructions sheet with completed Application for Town Permit, Southampton only.
  2. Hunting License
  3. Valid Carcass Tag

Reservations must be made in person at the Ridge Hunter Check Station at the time indicated by your drawing number or anytime thereafter. You may send another person to represent you but your representative must know your preferred area and date.

You may make only one reservation. A hunter who makes a reservation with a partner holding a number must forfeit his or her own number. Two hunters may not sign up as each other's hunting partners to hunt on different days. Upon making a reservation, you will be issued a Landowner's Endorsement and a Town Permit for the property and town that you have made a reservation for.

The Ridge Hunter Check Station is located north of Route 25 on Randall Road (⅓ mile west of the William Floyd Parkway, L.I.E. Exit 68 North) in the hamlet of Ridge, Suffolk County.

Step 4: Appear to hunt on reservation day

On the morning which you are to hunt, you must first report to the appropriate hunter check station to receive an access permit for the property.

Check stations will open ½ hour before sunrise, except for the Ridge Check Station which will open 45 minutes before sunrise for those hunting Sarnoff and Westhampton. You should arrive one hour before sunrise.

To hunt you must have the following items with you:

  1. Landowner's Endorsement form issued by DEC
  2. Town Permit from DEC or Town Clerk. Town of Southampton only.
  3. Hunting License
  4. Valid Carcass Tag

You must arrive at the check station by 8 a.m. to claim your reservation unless you notify us (631-924-3156) that you will be arriving late. At 8 a.m., unclaimed reservations will become available to others who have the proper paperwork. After hunting, you must return to the check station no later than 30 minutes after sunset.

Open to Firearms Deer Hunting on State-managed Lands

Hunting on all state-managed lands during the January shotgun season still requires advanced reservations and daily permits.

The following state-managed properties will be open for shotgun deer hunting from the first Sunday of January to January 31, 7-days a week:

  • Rocky Point Natural Resources Management Area
    • Parking Spots: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17, 19, 20, 21, 22, 25, 26(2), 27, 28, 29, 30, 32, 34, 36, 37, 38, 40, 42, 43, 44, 45, 50
  • Westhampton Dwarf Pine Plains Preserve
    • Parking spots: 1(2)
  • Henry's Hollow Pine Barrens State Forest
    • Parking spot: 1
  • Barcelona Neck Cooperative Hunting Area
    • Parking spots: 1, 2, 3
  • David Sarnoff Cooperative Hunting Area
    • Parking spots: 3, 5(2), 7, 8, 9, 10(2), 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17
  • Otis Pike Preserve
    • Parking spots (Brookhaven): 20, 22, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34(2), 35(2), 41, 42, 44, 45, 47, 55, 59
    • Parking spots (Riverhead): 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 14, 39, 40, 48, 49, 50, 52

Archery hunting will not be permitted on these properties during the January Firearms Season except at select spots on Rocky Point (7A and 33A) and Otis Pike (13A, 16A, 38A, 56A, 57A and 66A). All other uses of the properties are not permitted during the firearms deer season, including waterfowl hunting, small game hunting and trapping with the exception of Otis Pike Preserve parking areas 17, 18 and 51W. These areas will be closed to shotgun deer hunting to accommodate waterfowl hunters wishing to hunt the Peconic River.

The following properties will be open for shotgun deer hunting from the first Sunday in January to January 31, weekdays only:

  • East Hampton Cooperative Area (Montauk State Park will have no hunting on Martin Luther King Day)
    • Hither Hills parking spots: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11(2), 12, 13(2), 14(2)
    • Montauk parking spots: 1(2), 2, 3

Archery hunting will not be permitted on any of the East Hampton Cooperative Areas or the Southampton Cooperative Areas during January. Small game and waterfowl hunting dates on the East Hampton Cooperative areas will remain the same as in previous years.

See Long Island Public Hunting Areas for maps of DEC-managed hunting areas.

Archery Deer Hunting on State-managed Lands in January

The following properties will be open for archery deer hunting from the first Sunday of January to January 31. A managed lands access permit is required to hunt on these properties.

  • Brookhaven State Park Cooperative Hunting Area
  • Calverton Pine Barrens State Forest
  • Carmans River Pine Barrens State Forest
  • East Bartlett Conservation Area, Ridge Conservation Area
  • Ridge Multiple Use Area
  • Wildwood State Park Cooperative Hunting Area
  • DEC tidal wetlands that are currently open to archery hunting
  • Rocky Point spots 7A and 33A, ONLY
  • Otis Pike 13A, 16A, 38A, 56A, 57A and 66A, ONLY

Stand-by Hunting Procedures for Firearms Deer Hunting on State-managed Lands

At 8 a.m. each day, all parking spots that have not been filled will be given away to hunters via a drawing at the Ridge Hunter Check Station. There will be one drawing for all available parking areas on all properties. All hunters present for the drawing will be able to enter, you do not need a town permit prior to entering the drawing. Second town permits can be issued to all hunters who are picked for a spot during the stand-by.