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The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has added a link to a translation service developed by Microsoft Inc., entitled Bing Translator, as a convenience to visitors to the DEC website who speak languages other than English.

Additional information can be found at DEC's Language Assistance Page.

State Land Access Permits

For Long Island Public Lands Managed by DEC

Seasonal Access Permit

A seasonal access permit is required for all activities on all NYSDEC managed lands on Long Island with the exception of the Ridge Conservation Area. The permit is free and valid for three years. To obtain a seasonal access permit, use the link on the right to download the application and follow the instructions at the bottom of the first page of the document. Permit holders must observe regulations for use of NYSDEC managed lands in Suffolk County.

Hunting symbolInformation for Hunters

In addition to the three-year seasonal access permit, a daily access permit is required for all hunting on Rocky Point and Otis Pike Preserve properties during November and December and for deer hunting on all applicable properties during the special January firearm deer season. Consult the public hunting opportunities in Suffolk County for information on obtaining hunting permits.

Group / Special Use Permits

Group permits and special use permits are also available for appropriate activities. It is recommended groups seeking these permits apply for them 30 days prior to a planned activity. To request a group or special use permit, mail a request to: Forestry, NYSDEC- SUNY at Stony Brook, 50 Circle Road, Stony Brook, NY 11790.

Sporting Licenses (Valid Statewide)

To purchase hunting and fishing licenses, individuals may visit:

  • A local Wal-Mart, Sports Authority, Town Clerk's Office as well as many other local sporting goods stores .

  • The Department of Environmental Conservation Automated Licensing System (DECALS) page.

  • *Please note: The DEC Region 1 Sporting License Office is permanently closed as of February 1, 2012. Fishing, hunting and access permits are no longer available for purchase at this location.