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Black Bear Tracking Dog License

Statutory Authority: ECL 3-0301(2)(m), 11-0521, 11-0903(8), 11-0923, 11-0928, and 6 NCYRR Part 175 and Part 187.2

This license authorizes the use of certified black bear tracking dogs to track, trail, pursue, and tree black bear for training purposes only.

1-Year License - The cost of this license is $25.00 and allows the tracking of bear, in accordance to regulations, for 1 year from date of issuance.

5-Year License - The cost of this license is $100.00 and allows the tracking of bear, in accordance to regulations, for 5 years from date of issuance.

Please note:

  • Certified black bear tracking dogs must be licensed, collared, and rabies vaccinated.
  • Dogs must be either a purebred or cross of the following breeds. Airedale, American Black and Tan Coonhound, Bluetick Coonhound, Majestic Tree Hound, Mountain Cur, Leopard Cur, English Coonhound, Plott Hound, Redbone Coonhound, or Treeing Walker.

Please contact the Special Licenses Unit with any questions or concerns about qualifying or applying for this license. To apply for this license complete the Black Bear Tracking Dog 1-Year (PDF 18.8 kb) or 5-Year (PDF 18.8 kb) License Application, and send with a check or money order for the appropriate amount to the Department of Environmental Conservation Special Licenses Unit.

Special Licenses Unit
625 Broadway
Albany, NY 12233-4752

List of applicable Laws and Regulations

  • New York Environmental Conservation Law (ECL) to read visit the Department of State website at http://public.leginfo.state.ny.us/menuf.cgi
    • 03-0301(2)(m)
    • 11-0521
    • 11-0903(8)
    • 11-0923
    • 11-0928
  • New York Codes Rules and Regulations (6NYCRR)
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