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 big game hunting license and big game 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 DMP's 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 endorsement or a town permit.
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.
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 Big Game 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
200 E. Sunrise Highway, Lindenhurst
|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 Big Game 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 Noyak, 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:
|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 townships 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 Township 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 DMP's 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 assure 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. Information on deer hunting on private lands in Suffolk County may be found in the brochure Special Deer Season in Suffolk County.
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:
- Drawing Number & Instructions sheet with completed Application for Town Permit, Southampton only.
- Big Game License
- Valid Big Game 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:
- Landowner's Endorsement form issued by DEC
- Town Permit from DEC or Town Clerk. Town of Southampton only.
- Big Game License
- Valid Big Game 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 January 3 - 31, 2016, 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
- 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 & 33A) and Otis Pike (13A, 16A, 38A 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 January 4 - 29, 2016, 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
- Noyac (part of the Southampton Cooperative Areas)
- Parking spot: 1
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 be 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 January 2 - 31, 2016. A managed lands access 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 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.