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Field Trial License

Much of the information below can also be found in the printable Field Trial License Fact Sheet (PDF) (164 KB).

Definitions

Field Trial: A competitive event sanctioned by a national, regional or local kennel club, bird dog club or other organized hunting dog club that involves competition in which the primary purpose is to evaluate the field performance of hunting dogs. Field trials include all categories of field trials and hunt tests meeting the requirements outlined above and may be held on either wild game animals or propagated game animals as outlined below.

Propagated Game: For the purposes of field trials, propagated game shall be defined as the following species of legally held captive bred animals:

  • Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)
  • Chukar (Alectoris chukar)
  • Gray Partridge (Perdix perdix)
  • Pheasant (Phasianus spp.)
  • Quail (Colinus spp., Coturnix spp., Callipepla spp.)

Pigeons shall not be released or taken during the course of a field trial.

Wild Game: For the purposes of field trials, wild game shall be defined as the following species of wildlife that are free ranging native animals existing in the wild in New York:

  • Eastern cottontail (Sylvilagus floridanus)
  • Snowshoe hare (Lepus americanus)
  • Gray fox (Urocyon cinereoargenteus)
  • Red fox (Vulpes vulpes)
  • Coyote (Canis latrans)
  • Raccoon (Procyon lotor)
  • American woodcock (Scolopax minor)
  • Ruffed grouse (Bonasa umbellus)

NOTE:

  • A small game hunting license is not required when participating in a field trial at any time of year whether on propagated game or wild game, whether during open hunting seasons or closed seasons.
  • Captive bred mammals shall not be liberated for use in a field trial.

Field Trial Licenses

DEC issues two different types of Field Trial Licenses that are identified below:

1 - Field Trial License for Wild Game

  • License required from April 16 to August 15
  • Field Trials may be held on wild game from April 16 to August 15 provided that the individual conducting the field trial obtains a New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Field Trial: Wild Game license prior to conducting the field trial.
  • Field Trials may be held on wild game from August 16 to April 15 without a DEC license.
  • Field Trials may be held on wild game provided that no wild game species shall be taken by shooting or otherwise killed during the course of a field trial.
  • License Fee: None

2 - Field Trial License for Propagated Game

  • License required from January 1 to December 31
  • Field Trials may be held using propagated game at any time of year provided that the individual conducting the field trial obtains a Field Trial: Propagated Game License from DEC prior to conducting the field trial.
  • A Field Trial: Propagated Game License authorizes the possession, liberation and shooting of legally obtained propagated game.
  • Propagated game used for a field trial shall only be released and taken on the property described in the licensee's application.
  • A Carcass Identification Form shall be filled out for each participant taking propagated game by shooting during the course of a field trial. The form shall remain with the carcass(es) for identification until the bird(s) is/are finally prepared for consumption.
  • License Fee: None

Additional Requirements

  • Individuals holding Field Trials on lands administered by the State or on conservation easement lands shall apply for and receive a Temporary Revocable Permit authorizing the use of those lands for such purpose prior to conducting the field trial(s). Get a Temporary Revocable Permit Application (PDF) (90 KB).

Applying for a Field Trial License

To apply for either a wild game or propagated game Field Trial license, complete the Field Trial License Application (PDF) (495 KB) and send to the following address:

NYSDEC
Special Licenses Unit
625 Broadway
Albany, NY 12233-4752

Contact the Special Licenses Unit at 518-402-8985 or by e-mail for questions on applying for this license.

Current License Holder Information

Carcass Identification Form (for propagated game license holders)

A Carcass Identification Form (PDF 231 kb) is required to use for animals taken from a propagated game license holder facitlity. 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 Codes Rules and Regulations (NYCRR): 6 NYCRR Part 175
  • Environmental Conservation Law (ECL): §11-0927, §11-0507 (to read these laws, visit the Department of State website at http://public.leginfo.state.ny.us/menuf.cgi)
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    Fish, Wildlife & Marine Resources
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