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Modified Crossbow Permit

License Details

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.

Fee License Duration
No Fee 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

Environmental Conservation Law (ECL)

Please visit New York State Legislature (Leaves DEC website)

  • 11-0901(15): Prohibitions

New York Codes Rules and Regulations (NYCRR)

Contact Information

DEC Special Licenses Unit
625 Broadway, Albany NY 12233
SpecialLicenses@dec.ny.gov
(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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