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Non Ambulatory Hunter Permit

This permit authorizes individuals with a physical disability (verified by a licensed physician) to hunt with a firearm from a motorized vehicle during hunting seasons.

License Details


No Fee

License Duration

5-year license, or until the permit holder is no longer non-ambulatory, whichever occurs first.

What This License Allows:

  • Using a firearm from a vehicle with the motor turned off during an open firearm hunting season.

What This License Does Not Allow:

  • Having more than one loaded firearm in the vehicle.
  • Having a loaded firearm in or on a motor vehicle between sunset and sunrise.

How to Apply

Laws & Regulations

New York Codes Rules and Regulations (NYCRR)

(The following links leave DEC's 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 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.
  • Modified Crossbow 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.
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