Captive Bred White-tailed Deer License
This license authorizes individuals to breed captive white-tailed deer and operate a commercial or private deer hunting preserve. Licensed individuals must be the owner or lessee of the facility premises.
All regulation links leave DEC website.
- 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 captive-bred deer, dead or alive to other licensed domestic white-tailed deer breeders.
Class B (Personal/Private Use):
- Purchasing captive-bred deer from Class A license holders.
- Breeding and transporting captive-bred white-tailed deer for personal use.
What This License Does Not Allow:
- Releasing white-tailed deer into the wild.
- Class B license holders only: selling captive-bred deer.
Other Pertinent Information
How to Apply
- Contact the NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets at 518-457-3502 to:
- Enroll in the Chronic Wasting Disease Herd Certification Program
- Have your facility and perimeter fencing inspected
- Complete and submit the Captive Bred White-tailed Deer License Application (PDF) (130KB)
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 appropriate report form for you license class and submit by March 31 each year:
- Class A Annual Report Form and Instructions (PDF) (132KB)
- Class B Annual Report Form and Instructions (PDF) (94KB)
Carcass Identification Form
A Carcass Identification Form (PDF) (107KB) is required to complete when any animal or carcass leaves the licensed premises.
Laws & Regulations
New York Codes Rules and Regulations (NYCRR)
The following links leave DEC's website
- Part 153: Preserve Licenses
- Part 175: Special Licenses and Permits - Definitions and Uniform Procedures
- Part 189: Chronic Wasting Disease
- 1NYCRR: Part 68: Captive Cervid Health Requirements (link leaves DEC's website)
Environmental Conservation Law (ECL)
To find this law click on the link, click on ENV, find Article 11, click on the appropriate law.
- 11-0103: Definitions (External Link)
- 11-1905: Breeding of Domestic Game Animals (link leaves DEC's website)
- Contact Information
DEC Special Licenses Unit
Address: 625 Broadway, Albany NY 12233
Other Related or Similar Licenses
DEC also issues the following licenses for permitting breeding of captive-bred animals: