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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.

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License Details


  • Class A (Commercial) License Fee: $200
  • Class B (Private/Personal Use) License Fee: $40

License Duration

5-year license

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

  1. 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
  2. Complete and submit the Captive Bred White-tailed Deer License Application (PDF) (130KB)

Renewing & Reporting

License Renewal

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.

Annual Reporting

Complete the appropriate report form for you license class and submit by March 31 each year:

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)

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Environmental Conservation Law (ECL)

To find this law click on the link, click on ENV, find Article 11, click on the appropriate law.

DEC Special Licenses Unit
Address: 625 Broadway, Albany NY 12233
Phone: 518-402-8985

Other Related or Similar Licenses

DEC also issues the following licenses for permitting breeding of captive-bred animals:

  • Shooting Preserve: authorizes an individual to operate a commercial or private shooting preserve for hunting captive-bred game birds.
  • Domestic Game Bird Breeder: authorizes an individual to breed, release, transport or sell select game bird species.
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