Special Firearms Deer Season in Suffolk County
This page contains general information on hunting during Long Island's special shotgun and muzzleloading firearms season in January. Specific information on hunting on DEC-managed lands during this season is available at Firearms Deer Hunting on NYSDEC-Managed Lands in Suffolk County. A brochure of the information on this page, including an Application for Town Permit and Landowner's Endorsement Form, is available at the Region 1 office in Stony Brook.
Season Dates:The January firearms deer season begins on the first Monday following the first Saturday in January and ends on the last weekday of January. No firearms deer hunting is allowed on weekends.
Hunting Hours: Sunrise to sunset
Manner of Taking: Shotgun, using a single ball or slug, or a muzzleloading rifle, shooting a single projectile, having a minimum bore of 0.44 inches. Shotgun barrels may be rifled, and telescopic sights may be used. No muzzleloading pistols are permitted. As of December 31, 2012, crossbows are no longer legal in New York State. Crossbows MAY NOT be used during the special firearms season in January.
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.
The Landowner's Endorsement form (PDF) (50 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. A landowner or lessee may authorize not more than one hunter for each ten acres nor more than five hunters per 100 acres of land under his or her control. In instances where a landowner has suffered severe deer damage, DEC may authorize the landowner to permit a higher number of hunters over the course of the 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 and include himself or herself in the hunter quota for that land.
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.
200 E. Sunrise Highway,Lindenhurst
|Brookhaven||1 Independence Hill,
|East Hampton||159 Pantigo Road, East Hampton||1,500|
|Huntington||100 Main Street, Huntington||100|
|Islip||655 Main Street, Islip||100|
|Riverhead||200 Howell Avenue, Riverhead||750|
|Shelter Island||44 North Ferry Road, Shelter Island||400|
|Smithtown||99 W. Main Street, Smithtown||100|
|Southampton||116 Hampton Road, Southampton||1,500|
|Southold||Main Road, Southold||300|
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 and are valid for one deer of either sex. Bonus DMPs that are used to take an antlerless deer may be replaced with another Bonus DMP. To receive a bonus DMP, hunters must bring the head or whole carcass of an antlerless deer taken on a WMU 1C DMP with a completed carcass tag to a NYSDEC check station (locations and schedule below). Heads which are frozen must be sufficiently thawed prior to arriving at a check station to allow the jaws to be opened.
Deer Check Stations
Deer Check stations are open to check deer and to issue Bonus DMPs. All deer harvested on state managed lands must be presented at a check station. Hunters harvesting deer from private lands are 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 Center||484 Randall Rd., north of Rt. 25, mile west of William Floyd Pkwy, Ridge (631) 924-3156||weekdays: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm|
|Hither Hills State Park||Old Montauk Hwy., ½ mi. east of Montauk Hwy., East Hampton||weekdays: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm|
|Shelter Island Landfill/Town Hall (for Bonus DMP's only)||Town Hall - 38 North Ferry Road, Shelter Island||Call the wildlife office at 631-444-0310 for dates and hours|
|NYSDEC Region 1 Office, Stony Brook (for Bonus DMP's only)||SUNY at Stony Brook
50 Circle Road
Stony Brook, New York 11790
|To make an appointment call 631-444-0310|
|Southold Town Hall (for Bonus DMPs only)||Main Road, Southold||Call the wildlife office at 631-444-0310 for dates and hours|
DEC-Managed Public Deer Hunting
Public hunting is available on certain private, state and federal lands through cooperative agreements between the landholders and DEC. Further details may be obtained by calling the Bureau of Wildlife at (631) 444-0310 and requesting the brochure Firearms Deer Hunting on NYSDEC-Managed Lands in Suffolk County.