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Modified Crossbow Permit

This permit authorizes hunters with a permanent physical disability (verified by a licensed physician) to use a crossbow equipped with a breath-tube apparatus for releasing the bowstring.

License Details

Fee

No Fee

License Duration

Lifetime

What This License Allows:

  • Using a crossbow equipped with a breath-tube apparatus that allows the release of the bowstring.
  • Using a modified crossbow to pursue big game and small game during bowhunting seasons.

What This License Does Not Allow:

  • Using an unmodified crossbow.

Other Pertinent Information

Hunting seasons when a modified crossbow is permitted:

  • Small game - any season
  • Big game -
    • regular firearms season
    • bowhunting season
    • late muzzleloader season

How to Apply

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 hunters with disability:

  • Modified Longbow Authorization - allows hunters with a physical disability (verified by a licensed physician) to use a bow equipped with a mechanical device for holding and releasing the bowstring.
  • Non Ambulatory Hunter License - authorizes hunters 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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