Public Hunting Opportunities in Suffolk County, Long Island
NYSDEC manages several public hunting areas on Long Island which are shown and described on Long Island Public Hunting Areas. NYSDEC Managed Land Access permits are required for hunting on all NYSDEC-managed areas on Long Island. Daily access permits are required to hunt on parts of the Rocky Point Natural Resources Management Area and parts of the Otis Pike Preserve from November 1 through December 31. Daily access permits also are required to hunt on all NYSDEC-managed areas during the January firearms deer season in Suffolk County.
Before November 1 and after December 31 (except for the days of the January firearms deer season), hunting on NYSDEC Managed Lands is by NYSDEC Managed Land Access permits. There is no fee for access permits.
NYSDEC Managed Land Access Permit Procedures for Hunting
Except for the days of the January firearms deer season, a NYS DEC Managed Land Access Permit is required to hunt on the Sarnoff Pine Barrens Preserve, Barcelona Neck, Westhampton Management Area, East Bartlett, Ridge, West Tiana, East Hampton Cooperative Area, Southampton Cooperative Area's and the following portions of the Otis Pike Preserve, and Rocky Point Natural Resources Management Area:
- Rocky Point (spot nos. 7A & 25)
- East Bartlett - (spot nos. 16A)
- Otis Pike - Topping Path/Hunter's Garden (spot nos. 23-34)
- Otis Pike - Eastport (spot nos. 41-42)
- Otis Pike - Nugent Drive/South River Road (spot nos. 13A, 16A, 35, 43)
- Otis Pike - Hot Water Street (spot nos. 46-47)
- Otis Pike - Parking Spot 51W (only waterfowl spot on Mill Road)
A NYSDEC Managed Land Access Permit also is required to hunt on any of the tidal wetlands areas owned by NYSDEC where hunting is allowed. Please refer to the brochure Hunting on State Tidal Wetlands for additional information.
NYSDEC Managed Land Access permit may be downloaded from the following link: applications for seasonal access permits (PDF) (611 KB). NYSDEC Land Access permits are valid for three years.
From November 1 through December 31, all hunting on Rocky Point (except spots nos. 7A & 25) and parts of Otis Pike (parking spot nos. 1 through 12, 14 and 15, 17 through 22 and 36, 37, 39, 40, 44, 45, 49, 50 and 52) is by daily access permit only. Daily access permits can be obtained at the Ridge Hunter Check Station.
2015 Reservation Dates and Procedures for Rocky Point and Otis Pike
|November Reservation Day||Day to Call||December Reservation Day||Day to Call|
|November 1 (Opening of Pheasant Season)||October 25||December 5||November 28|
November 3 (Election Day)
|November 1||December 6||November 29|
|November 7||October 31||December 12||December 5|
|November 8||November 1||December 13||December 6|
|November 11 (Veterans Day)||November 8||December 19||December 12|
|November 14||November 7||December 20||December 13|
|November 15||November 8||December 26||December 19|
|November 21||November 14||December 27||December 20|
|November 22||November 15|
|November 28||November 21|
|November 29||November 22|
Reservation Call in Times
Reservations for Saturdays will be taken the Saturday before the reserved day. Reservations for Sundays will be taken on the Sunday before the reserved day. To make a reservation, call (631) 924-3156 during the hours listed below:
- Rocky Point - 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.
- Otis Pike Preserve - 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
- New or Junior hunters - 7:45 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. for either property
- Any remaining reservations will be filled from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.
- Reservation numbers will be given out in sequential order (32 total for Otis Pike, 48 total for Rocky Point).
- If you plan on hunting with a partner and you are both calling in for a reservation, make sure to check if your partner already made a reservation. If they have, you do not need to make a separate reservation. If 2 hunters make separate reservations and go out together, one will be charged for a missed reservation.
- New and junior hunter parties will receive random numbers. Only 5 new or junior hunter reservations per property will be taken for any given reservation day. New and junior hunters can make 2 reservations a month using the early call in time.
- When making a reservation, the person must provide their name and date of birth.
Maximum Number of Reservations That a Hunter Can Make or Use
We will keep track of the number of reservation days that a hunter used. However, the regulations state a hunter can make or use no more than 7 reservations for November and 6 in December. Therefore, we will be keeping track of reservations made, reservations used and missed reservations. A list will be posted at the check station with the names of those individuals who have missed reservations.
- If you make and use a reservation, you will be charged for one reservation.
- If you make and do not use a reservation, you still will be charged for one reservation and will be penalized for a missed reservation (see below).
- If you hunt on someone else's reservation, you will be charged for one reservation.
- Hunters going out on 8 a.m. standby will not be charged with a reservation.
Penalty for Missed Reservations
- To reduce the number of no-shows and improve the ability of all hunters to get reservations, there will be a penalty for not using a reservation that was made.
- Hunters must claim reservations before 8 a.m. in order to avoid penalties for missing a reservation.
- Any hunter who fails to use two reservations that he/she made in one month will be barred from making or using any other reservations for the rest of that same month. You may still hunt but only on stand-by.
- If a hunter uses somebody else's reservation by showing a copy of his/her license, the person who made the reservation will be charged for a missed reservation.
Penalty for Early Archery/Waterfowl Reservations "No-Shows"
Any archery hunter who fails to use two early out reservations that he/she made in one month will be barred from making or using any other early let out reservations in that same month.
Monday through Friday, daily access permits are issued on a first-come, first-served basis. Daily access permits are issued 45 minutes before sunrise for archers and waterfowlers and 15 minutes before sunrise for small-game hunters. On weekdays, hunters arriving before the check station opens must park in numbered parking spots in front of the check station according to the order of their arrival and must sign the list at the check station window to ensure their place in line.
Day-Before Reservations for Archery and Waterfowl Hunters
On non-reservation days, waterfowl hunters and archery deer hunters who would like to hunt on the Rocky Point or the Otis Pike Preserve may reserve a parking site the day before they want to hunt. To make a "day-before" reservation, you must call the Ridge Check Station at 631-924-3156 between 12 noon and 2 p.m. the day before you want to hunt (Sunday through Thursday only). After making a "day-before" reservation, hunters must pick up their permits and placards and leave their licenses in a drop box on the porch of the check station anytime after 6 p.m. the night before they hunt. This will allow hunters to go directly to their reserved parking spots in the morning. Hunters must still check in at the Check Station no later than one-half hour after sunset on the day they hunt.
The following spots may be reserved on the afternoon before hunting: Rocky Point spots: 1, 6, 9, 18, 22*, 26* (*two-car spots; only one can be reserved as an early-out spot) 29, 30-41, 43-44, 49 and 50. Otis Pike Preserve spots are: 3, 5, 7, 10 or 12**, 14 and 15, 17 or 19**, 36, 38A, 44, 45, 49, 50 and 52 (**only one of these two spots will be given out as an early-archery or early-waterfowl spot). If you make an early-out reservation, you may hunt only the species for which the reservation was made. Any archer who fails to use two early-out reservations in one month will be barred from making or using any early-out reservations for the remainder of the month. The list of eligible spots is subject to change. If you wish to hunt at a parking spot other than one of those listed above, you must follow normal procedures.
Weekends, Holidays and November 1st
On November 1, weekends and holidays, hunting at these areas is by reservation only. Reservations may be made by calling 631-924-3156. Reservations for a Saturday will be taken on the Saturday before the reserved day. Reservations for Sundays, Election Day, Veterans Day and November 1 will be taken on the Sunday before the reserved day. However, if November 1 or Veterans Day falls on a Sunday, reservations will be taken two Sundays prior to the reserved day.
Reservations for the Rocky Point Area will be taken from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Reservations for the Otis Pike Preserve will be taken from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.. After 12:30 p.m., reservations may be made for all properties. Only one reservation may be made per call. Reservations may not be made before the times listed above and may not be made in person. When making a reservation, you will need to provide your name and date of birth. In return, you will be given a number corresponding to your place in line on the day of the hunt.
Hunters are allowed to make or use a maximum of seven reservations in November and six in December. Hunters who fail to use two reservations that they have made in the same month will be barred from making or using any reservations for the remainder of the month.
Attention New and Junior Hunters
New and junior hunters may call early, from 7:45 a.m. to 8:15 a.m., to make reservations for either property. If you are a junior hunter or an adult who took the firearms Hunter Education Course within the past two years, you may call for reservations before regular reservations are taken. On the day of the hunt, you must provide proof that you are a new hunter by showing either a junior license or the certificate from your Hunter Education Course. Someone other than the new hunter may call to make a reservation, but on the day of the hunt, the new hunter must be present. You may make only two new or junior hunter reservations per month. Hunters who make a reservation but do not use it will be penalized.
Maximum party size for small-game hunting is three individuals with no more than two dogs afield. Maximum party size for big-game hunting is two individuals.
The January firearms deer-hunting season begins on the Sunday of the first full week in January and continues through the remainder of the month. Where allowed, firearms deer hunting on all NYSDEC-managed lands is by daily permits distributed according to a drawing held on the first Tuesday of December. Deadline for entry is the day before at 4:45 PM. To enter, send a legal-size envelope (4" x 9½") to NYSDEC--Deer Drawing, PO Box 0659, Ridge, NY, 11961-0659.
In that envelope, enclose another legal-size envelope that is stamped, self-addressed and has the hunter's back tag number written on the back of it. Entries may be hand delivered to the check station after November 1. For additional information, please refer to Shotgun and Muzzleloading Firearms Deer Hunting.
The check station is located north of Route 25 on Randall Road (1/3-mile west of the William Floyd Parkway, L.I.E. Exit 68 North) in Ridge. It is open from 2 PM to 6 PM on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays in October; from sunrise to sunset November 1 through December 31 and from sunrise to sunset each day of the January deer season.
Ridge Hunter Check Station
484 Randall Road
Ridge, NY 11961
National Wildlife Refuges - Wertheim