Leashed Tracking Dog License
This license authorizes qualified individuals to use a certified leashed tracking dog for locating wounded, dead or injured deer or bear.
License Fee: $50
License Expiration: 5 years from date of issuance
Hunting License Requirement: In addition to passing the examination (information below), you must also possess a valid New York State big game hunting license to receive this license. (Please note: annual hunting licenses are valid from October 1 through September 30)
Examination and Application
To obtain this license, you must take DEC's Leashed Tracking Dog License examination and pass with a score of 80% or higher.
Exam Dates and Times
Exams are held in April and August each year at DEC offices statewide for a two hour period. Exam annoucements are posted on this page at least one month prior to the exam date.
Exam Registration and License Application
To register for an upcoming exam and to apply for this license, complete the Leashed Tracking Dog License Application (PDF, 18KB). There is a $25 non-refundable application fee in addition to the $50 license fee (The $50 license fee will be refunded if you do not pass the exam). The application is due at least two weeks prior to the exam.
Send the application and check or money order of $75.00 made payable to NYSDEC to the following address: NYSDEC, Special Licenses Unit, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-4752.
Prior to the exam date you will receive a letter of confirmation and the location where you will be taking the exam. If you do not receive confirmation, please contact DEC's Special Licenses Unit at 518-402-8985, or by e-mail.
The New York State Leashed Tracking Dog License Guide (PDF) (1 MB) is helpful to review when preparing for the exam and to learn more about the leashed tracking dog program in New York State. It provides historical information on New York's leashed tracking dog program, information on successful tracking dog breeds, specific procedures to follow as a dog handler, details on training and much more.
Current License Holders
Current license holders must renew their license every five years from the date of issuance. A renewal form will be sent by mail approximately 30 days prior to license expiration. If you do not receive a renewal form, contact DEC's Special Licenses Unit by phone 518-402-8985, or by e-mail.
Please contact DEC's Special Licenses Unit by phone, 518-402-8985, or by e-mail with any questions about this license.
Applicable Laws and Regulations
New York Codes Rules and Regulations (6NYCRR)
- Part 175: Special Licenses and Permits - Definitions and Uniform Procedures
- Part 176: Leashed Tracking Dogs
New York Environmental Conservation Law (ECL)
Link leaves DEC's website:
- 11-0928: Tracking Dogs (External Link)