Domestic Game Bird Breeder License
This license authorizes an individual to breed, release, transport or sell select game bird species. Licensees must be the owner or lessee of the breeding facility premises.
- Class A (Commercial) License Fee: $200
- Class B (Private/Personal Use) License Fee: $40
What This License Allows:
Class A (Commercial):
- All the same activities as Class B below, plus: Selling and transporting captive-bred game birds (defined below), dead or alive, and their eggs to other licensed domestic game bird breeders.
Class B (Private/Personal Use):
- Purchasing captive-bred birds (defined below) from Class A license holders.
- Breeding captive-bred game birds species on licensed premises.
- Releasing/stocking captive-bred species into the wild; except Canada geese, wild turkey or swan.
- Taking/killing captive-bred birds by means other than shooting for licensees own personal use, except when liberated on the licensees premises during open hunting seasons for those species.
What This License Does Not Allow:
- Releasing Canada geese, wild turkey, or swan at any time.
- Operating a hunting preserve. (A Shooting Preserve License is required to operate a domestic game bird shooting preserve).
- Class B license holders only: selling or shooting of the birds.
Other Pertinent Information
"Captive-bred game birds" include the following species:
How to Apply
Complete and submit the Domestic Game Bird Breeder License Application (PDF) (115 KB)
Renewing & Reporting
Licenses expire on March 31 every fifth year after the license was issued. A renewal form will be sent by mail prior to the license expiration date noted on the license. If a license renewal form is not received at least 2-weeks prior to the expiration date, please contact us.
Complete the Annual Report and Continuous Record of Operations (PDF) (162 KB) and submit by April 5 each year.
Carcass Identification Form
A Carcass Identification Form (PDF) (107 KB) is required to complete when any bird or carcass leaves the licensed premises.
Laws & Regulations
New York Codes Rules and Regulations (NYCRR)
- Part 153: Preserve Licenses (link leaves DEC website)
- Part 175: Special Licenses and Permits - Definitions and Uniform Procedures (link leaves DEC website)
Environmental Conservation Law (ECL)
To find this law click on the link, click on ENV, find Article 11, click on the appropriate law.
- 11-1901: Breeding of Domestic Game Birds (link leaves DEC's website)
- 11-0103(4)(a)(c): Fish and Wildlife Definitions (link leaves DEC's website)
DEC Special Licenses Unit
Address: 625 Broadway, Albany NY 12233
Other Related or Similar Licenses
DEC also issues the following licenses for permitting breeding or shooting captive animals: