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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. Access permits are required as follows:

  • NYSDEC Managed Land Access permits are required for hunting on all NYSDEC-managed areas on Long Island, except when a daily access permit is required.
  • 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 firearm hunt for deer on all NYSDEC-managed areas open during the January firearms deer season in Suffolk County.

NYSDEC Managed Land Access Permit Procedures for Hunting

Except for the days of the January firearms deer season, a NYSDEC Managed Land Access Permit is required to hunt on the Sarnoff Pine Barrens Preserve, Barcelona Neck, Westhampton Management Area, East Bartlett, Ridge, Henry's Hollow, 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 numbers 7A & 25)
  • Otis Pike - Topping Path/Hunter's Garden (spot numbers 23-34)
  • Otis Pike - Eastport (spot numbers 41-42, 58-59)
  • Otis Pike - Nugent Drive/South River Road (spot numbers 13A, 16A, 35, 43)
  • Otis Pike - Hot Water Street (spot numbers 46-47)
  • Otis Pike - Spot number 38A
  • Otis Pike - Parking Spot 51W (only waterfowl spot on Mill Road)
  • Otis Pike - Mill Road (spot numbers 56A, 57A)

A NYSDEC Managed Land Access Permit (PDF, 611 KB) is required to hunt on any of the tidal wetlands areas owned by NYSDEC where hunting is allowed. See Long Island Public Hunting Areas. The NYSDEC Managed Land Access Permit is valid for three years. Hunters using the Managed Land Access permit may park in any open eligible marked spots and need not visit the check station prior.

Daily Access Permit Procedures, November - December on Rocky Point and Otis Pike

From November 1 through December 31, all hunting on Rocky Point (except spot numbers 7A & 25) and parts of Otis Pike (parking spot numbers 1 through 12, 14 and 15, 17 through 22, and 36, 37, 39, 40, 44, 45, 48, 49, 50, 52, 53, 54, and 55) is by daily access permit only. Daily access permits can be obtained at the Ridge Hunter Check Station.

Non-Holiday Weekdays

On Monday-Friday in November or December, 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.

Weekends, Holidays, and November 1

On high volume days (weekends, holidays, and opening day), A.M. hunting is by reservation only. Reservations are made by calling the hunter check station at (631) 924-3156. Refer to the table for the date to call to make a reservation for the day you would like to hunt.

Reservations for Rocky Point will be taken from 8:30 - 10 a.m. Reservations for Otis Pike will be taken from 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. From 12:30 - 2 p.m., reservations may continue to be made for either property. Only one reservation may be made per call. The hunter does not need to be the one to call; the hunter's name and date of birth must be provided. In return for making the reservation, each hunter will be given a number that corresponds to his or her place in line to pick a hunting spot. Early reservations or reservations made in person will not be accepted.

Attention New and Junior Hunters

New and junior hunters (new: within two years of completing a hunter education course; junior: 12-15 years old) may call early to make reservations. New and junior hunter reservations will be taken for both properties from 7:45 - 8:15 a.m. On the day of the hunt you must provide proof that you are either a new or junior hunter by presenting your hunter education certificate or a junior license. Only two new or junior hunter reservations may be made per month. Only five new or junior hunter reservations will be taken per property per day.

Reservation Call in Times

Refer to chart for date to call. To make a reservation, call (631) 924-3156 during the hours listed below:

  • New or Junior hunters: 7:45 - 8:15 a.m. for either property
  • Rocky Point: 8:30 - 10 a.m.
  • Otis Pike Preserve: 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • Any remaining reservations will be filled from 12:30 - 2 p.m.

Reservation and Call-in Dates 2018

November Reservation Day Day to Call December Reservation Day Day to Call
November 1 (Opening Day) October 28 December 1 November 24
November 3 October 27 December 2 November 25
November 4 October 28 December 8 December 1
November 6 (Election Day) November 4 December 9 December 2
November 10 November 3 December 15 December 8
November 11 (Veterans Day) November 4 December 16 December 9
November 17 November 10 December 22 December 15
November 18 November 11 December 23 December 16
November 24 November 17 December 29 December 22
November 25 November 18 December 30 December 23
Reservation Numbers
  • Numbers will be given out in sequential order to callers.
  • If you plan on hunting with a partner and are both calling in, be sure to check whether he/she has already made a reservation. If two hunters make separate reservations and go out together on one reservation, one hunter will be charged with a missed reservation.
  • New and junior hunters will receive random numbers.
Maximum Number of Reservations That a Hunter Can Make or Use
  • If you make and use a reservation you will be charged one reservation.
  • If you hunt on someone else's reservation you will be charged one reservation.
  • Hunters can make or use a maximum of seven reservations in November and six in December.
  • Reservations will be held until 8 a.m. without a phone call.
  • 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).
  • 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. They may continue to hunt on standby. A hunter may use another hunter's reservation by showing a copy of his/her license, but the person whose name the reservation is in will be charged for a missed reservation.
  • Hunters going out at 8 a.m. standby will not be charged a reservation.
Early Out Reservations (Archery and Waterfowl)

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 an early out 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 an early out reservation, hunters must pick up their permits and placards and leave their licenses in a drop box on the porch of the check station any time 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 out at the check station no later than one-half hour after sunset on the day they hunt.

The following spots may be reserved for an early-out reservation:

Rocky Point spots: 1, 6, 9, 18, 22*, 26*, 29, 30-41, 43-44, 49 and 50.
(* two-car spots; only one can be reserved as an early-out spot)

Otis Pike Preserve spots: 3, 5, 7, 10 or 12**, 14 and 15, 17 or 19**, 36, 38A, 44, 45, 49, 50, 52, 53, 54 and 55
(** 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 hunter 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.

Stand-by Hunting

Hunters who fail to make a reservation or have met the maximum number of reservations may continue to hunt on standby. At 8 a.m. each day, all parking spots that have not been filled will be given away to hunters who have placed themselves on the stand-by list.

January Firearms Season

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 p.m. 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 p.m. to 6 p.m. 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
(631) 924-3156

Other Property Owners that offer Public Hunting Opportunities in Suffolk County

Fire Island National Seashore (leaves DEC website)

Suffolk County Parklands (leaves DEC website)

Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge: Located on the south shore of Long Island in Suffolk County. This area is open for deer hunting on a controlled basis during both the archery and regular seasons. Permits are required.

For current information on seasons, permits, maps and regulations, contact: Refuge Manager, Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge, 340 Smith Road, Shirley, NY 11967; Telephone: (631) 286-0485 or visit Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge's Website (leaves DEC website).