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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 on the Firearms Deer Hunting on NYSDEC-Managed Lands in Suffolk County brochure PDF (332 KB).

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.

Landowner's Endorsement

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.

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 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.

Permit Quota by towns
Town Address Quota

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. 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 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:

Station Location Hours
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 or by viewing brochure Firearms Deer Hunting on NYSDEC-Managed Lands in Suffolk County PDF (332 KB).


Properties with a firearms season include:

  • Rocky Point Natural Resources Management Area (Town of Brookhaven)
    • 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
  • Otis Pike Preserve (Towns of Brookhaven and Riverhead)
    • Parking spots (Brookhaven): 18, 20, 21, 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, 17, 39, 40, 48, 49, 50, 52
  • East Hampton Cooperative Area (Town of East Hampton)
    • 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
  • David Sarnoff Pine Barrens Preserve (Town of Southampton)
    • Parking spots: 3, 5(2), 7, 8, 9, 10(2), 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17
  • Barcelona Neck State Lands (Town of Southampton)
    • Parking spots: 1, 2, 3
  • West Hampton Management Area (Town of Southampton)
    • Parking spots: 1(2)
  • West Tiana Cooperative Area (Town of Southampton)
    • Parking spot: 1
  • Noyak Preserve Cooperative Area (Town of Southampton)
    • Parking spot: 1