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Leashed Tracking Dog License

This license authorizes an individual to use a certified trained dog to locate dead or wounded white-tailed deer or black bear. Typically this license is used to assist hunters during big game hunting seasons.

License Details

Fee

  • $50 - license fee
  • $25 - application fee (for first-time applicants only; not for renewals)

License Duration

5-year license

Age Requirement

18-years of age or older

What This License Allows:

  • Using a certified dog (defined below) to track and recover deer or bear that are dead, wounded or injured during any big game hunting season (including on weekends and 24-hours after last day of the hunting season), or following a motor-vehicle collision.
  • Using a firearm to humanely kill wounded or injured deer or bear.
  • Possessing the deer or bear carcass until lawfully tagged by hunter or delivered to an Environmental Conservation Officer.

What This License Does Not Allow:

  • Tracking without notifying an Environmental Conservation Officer of the location and hunter information, if applicable.
  • Pursuing and taking big game with aid from certified tracking dog.
  • Charging a fee for services without a valid outdoor guide license.

Other Pertinent Information

Certified Dogs and Breeds
A certified dog can be any breed of dog as long as they are licensed, collared, identified and vaccinated against rabies in accordance with the NYS Agriculture and Markets Law (Article 7) (External Link).

How to Apply

  1. Cover of the Leashed Tracking Dog License Guide
    Download a copy of the Leashed Tracking
    Dog License Guide
    (PDF, 1 MB) to prepare
    for the exam and learn more about the
    leashed tracking dog program.
    Pass the leashed tracking dog license examination with a score of 80% or higher.
  2. Have a current year hunting license.
  3. Complete and submit the Leashed Tracking Dog License Application (an application and instructions will be sent by mail after passing the exam).

Renewing & Reporting

License Renewal

Licenses expire 5 years from the date of issuance. 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.

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:

  • Field Trial License: authorizes release of wild and captive-bred game for competitive events to evaluate a hunting dog's performance.
  • Black Bear Tracking Dog License: authorizes an individual to train dogs of select breeds to track, trail, pursue, and tree black bear for training purposes only.
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