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Domestic Game Animal Breeder License

This license permits the possession and propagation of captive bred white-tailed deer, and the Department may issue this license to an owner or lessee of wholly enclosed lands, which are fenced, or an entire island. Wholly enclosed land means lands with boundaries of which may be indicated by wire, ditch, fence, road, highway or water in any visible or distinctive manner, which indicates a separation from the surrounding contiguous territory.

License Types

Class A - $200.00 Class A breeders may purchase, possess, propagate, transport, and sell captive bred white-tailed deer dead or alive.

Class B - $40.00 Class B breeders may purchase, possess, propagate, and transport captive bred white-tailed deer for their own use. Deer may not be sold, exchanged or given away except that portions of the carcass may be given away as described in the license conditions.

License Provisions

  • No white-tailed deer are to be released into the wild.
  • Deer Housing Requirements (PDF) (38 KB) - special facilities and enclosures are required, and the number of animals an applicant may possess is dependent on the size of the area. The facility must be completed and inspected prior to license issuance.

License expiration: Expires March 31, every 5th year.

Applying for a Domestic Game Animal Breeder License

  • Prior to applying for a Domestic Game Animal Breeder license, you must first contact the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets (518-457-3502) to enroll your facility in a Chronic Wasting Disease Herd Certification Program and have a premises inspection of your facility and perimeter fencing. Further information can be found on the Department of Agriculture and Markets Programs (External Link) webpage.
  • Complete an application for a Domestic Game Animal Breeder License (PDF) (229 KB). To get an application contact the Special Licenses Unit at 518-402-8985 or by e-mail. Send the application with a check or money order for the appropriate amount to the following address: NYSDEC, Special Licenses Unit, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-4752

Current License Holder Information

Annual Report

Licensees are required to submit a complete Domestic Game Animal Breeder Annual Report prior to March 31 each year. The report form and instructions are available below for both Class A and Class B licenses:

License Renewal

Licenses expire on March 31, every 5th year from the date of issuance. A renewal form will be sent to licensees by mail. Please contact the Special Licenses Unit (contact information is to the right of this page) if you did not receive a renewal form at least 30 days prior to your license expiration.

Carcass Identification Form (for Class A license holders)

A Carcass Identification Form (PDF) (231 KB) is required to use for animals taken from a Class A license holder facility. This form is free of charge and is replacing the $0.05 metal carcass tags (licensees may continue to use any existing metal tags before switching over to the new paper form). The form has been designed for simplicity and ease of use while providing the necessary information on all carcasses being transported from the facility.

Helpful information when using the Carcass Identification Form is below:

  • One form can be used for more than one carcass. However, a separate form should be filled out for each person taking possession of the carcass(es).
  • The form must remain with the carcass(es) while in transit from the facility and until the animal is prepared for consumption.
  • A person may transport the carcass(es) for other individuals provided that the transporter has the original Carcass Identification Form. Upon delivery of the carcass(es), the transporter shall give the appropriate Carcass Identification Form to the individual taking final possession of the carcass(es).
  • For ease of continued use, licensees may fill out sections 1-3 with name, license information, mailing address and facility address and make copies.

Applicable Laws and Regulations

New York Environmental Conservation Law (ECL)
To view these laws, visit the Department of State website at http://public.leginfo.state.ny.us/menuf.cgi

  • 11-0103
  • 11-1905

New York Codes Rules and Regulations (6NYCRR)

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