Modified Archery Permit
Effective January 1, 2013, a Modified Archery Permit is required for hunters with physical disability who need a mechanical device to aid in the holding and releasing of a bowstring. The permit replaces the Modified Longbow Authorization, which expired on December 31, 2012, and required only a physician's certification during the 2011 and 2012 big and small game hunting seasons.
- Legal bow - a longbow, recurve or compound bow, with a minimum draw weight of 35 pounds, that is designed to be used by holding the bow at arm's length, with arrow on the string, and which is drawn and released by hand or with a hand-held release attached to the bowstring.
- Bow equipped with a mechanical device - legal bow, which has been equipped with an adaptive device attached to the handle of the bow to aid in the holding and releasing of the bowstring
Modified Archery Permit Provisions
This permit allows for: Persons with physical disability who are permanently incapable of drawing or holding a bow to use a bow equipped with a mechanical device (as defined above) for taking big or small game during their respective legal seasons.
This permit does NOT allow for use of a crossbow. See Modified Crossbow Permit.
Expiration/Renewal: 5 years after date of issuance
How to Apply
Send the following to DEC's Special Licenses Unit:
- Completed Modified Archery Permit Application (PDF) (171 KB) (please print in color). "Section 2" of the application must be completed by a licensed physician.
- Two 2" x 2" photographs of a yourself, which presents a close-up of your face (including from the top of the head to the bottom of the chin). These can be acquired at most places issuing passport photographs or with a personal camera. The photographs will be used for your Modified Archery Permit identification card.
Special Licenses Unit
Albany, NY 12233-4752
Approved applicants must also possess a valid New York State hunting license for big or small game and a bowhunting privilege/license prior to going afield. Visit DEC's Sporting Licenses webpage for purchasing information.
The holder of the permit is subject to all other applicable provisions of the Environmental Conservation Law and rules and regulations in the taking of game.
Applicable Laws and Regulations
New York Environmental Conservation Law (ECL)
The following link leaves DEC's website
- 11-0901(15): Prohibitions (External Link)
New York Codes Rules and Regulations (6NYCRR)
Permits for Hunters with Disabilities
DEC issues several permits for hunters with disabilities, which can be found on DEC's Permits for Hunters with Disabilities webpage.
Please contact the Special Licenses Unit at 518-402-8985 or by e-mail with any questions or concerns about qualifying or applying for this permit.