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Field Trial License

This license authorizes pursuing wild game or propagated game at a competitive event sanctioned by a national, regional or local kennel, bird dog club or other organized dog hunting club to evaluate the field performance of hunting dogs.

License Details

Fee

No fee

License Duration

  • Wild game field trial: July 1 - August 15
  • Propagated game field trial: January 1 - December 31

What This License Allows:

Wild game field trial license:

  • Pursuing select "wild game" (defined below) from July 1 to August 15 to evaluate a hunting dog's performance. (Note: Field trials may be held on wild game on a licensed dog training area without a field trial license from August 16 to April 15.)

Propagated game field trial license

  • Releasing "propagated game" (defined below) to evaluate a hunting dog's performance.
  • Shooting released propagated game in areas other than a dog training area.

What This License Does Not Allow:

  • Shooting wild game.
  • Shooting any game on a licensed dog training area.
  • Releasing captive-bred mammals.
  • Releasing or taking pigeons.

Other Pertinent Information

Propagated game species that may be acquired from a licensed domestic game bird breeder and released during a field trial include:

  • Mallard
  • Pheasant
  • Chukar
  • Quail
  • Gray partridge

Wild game species that may be pursued during a field trial include:

  • Eastern cottontail
  • Coyote
  • Snowshoe hare
  • Raccoon
  • Gray fox
  • American woodcock
  • Red fox
  • Ruffed grouse

Field Trials Held on State Land
If a field trial is conducted on New York State lands or conservation easement lands, a Temporary Revocable Permit is needed.

Note: A 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.

How to Apply

  1. Complete and submit the Field Trial License Application (PDF) (270 kb).

Renewing & Reporting

License Renewal

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.

Carcass Identification Form

A Carcass Identification Form (PDF) (850 kb) is required for propagated game license holders to complete when any propagated game bird or carcass is taken from the field trial location.

Laws & Regulations

New York Codes Rules and Regulations (NYCRR)

Environmental Conservation Law (ECL)

Contact Information

DEC Special Licenses Unit
Address: 625 Broadway, Albany NY 12233
E-mail: SpecialLicenses@dec.ny.gov
Phone: 518-402-8985

Other Related or Similar Licenses

DEC also issues the following licenses for permitting the use of tracking or hunting dogs on wildlife or game:

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