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Modified Longbow Authorization

What This Authorization Allows

Individuals with a permanent or temporary physical disability (verified by a licensed physician) may:

  • Use a longbow, recurve or compound bow that has been equipped with a mechanical device attached to the handle or riser for holding and releasing the bowstring. (Examples: Draw-Loc; Pullin Archery; Bow Pro)
  • Use the modified bow during small game and big game seasons when bowhunting is permitted.

What This Authorization Does Not Allow

  • Use of crossbows or modified crossbows.

How to Get Authorized For Modified Longbow Use

  • Complete the Modified Longbow Authorization Form (PDF) (113 KB)
    • A licensed physician will need to complete and sign a section of this form.
    • Note: If you have a Modified Archery Permit that is still valid you are already authorized to use a modified longbow and do not need to complete the Modified Longbow Authorization Form.
  • Have a current year NYS hunting license and bowhunting privilege.
  • Carry the completed Modified Longbow Authorization Form (or previous Modified Archery Permit) and appropriate hunting licenses with you while hunting afield with a modified longbow.
  • Abide by the rules and regulations in the annual New York State Hunting and Trapping Regulations Guide

Laws & Regulations

New York Codes Rules and Regulations (NYCRR) (links leave DEC website)

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 hunters with disability:

  • Modified Crossbow Permit - authorizes individuals with a permanent physical disability (verified by a licensed physician) to use a crossbow equipped with a breath-tube apparatus for releasing the bowstring.
  • Non-Ambulatory Hunter License - authorizes individuals with a physical disability (verified by a licensed physician) to hunt with a firearm from a motorized vehicle during hunting seasons.
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