Permits for Hunters with Disabilities
For information on these Permits write or call the DEC Special Licenses Unit, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-4752 or (518) 402-8985. The application process for these permits takes time, write or call before you intend to hunt.
Non-Ambulatory Hunter Permit
This permit allows qualified hunters to shoot a firearm from a motorized vehicle (including an off-road vehicle) that has the motor turned off and that is completely off the highway right-of-way.
To qualify for a Non-Ambulatory Hunter Permit a person must be physically unable to move about except with the use of a mechanized aid such as a wheelchair.
Modified Archer Permit
This permit allows qualified people to hunt big or small game with a legal bow that is equipped with a device to hold it in a drawn and cocked position. This permit does not allow the use of a cross-bow.
To qualify for a Modified Archer Permit a person must be permanently physically unable to draw and hold a legal bow.
Modified Crossbow Permit
This permit allows qualified people to hunt big or small game with a crossbow that has been specifically modified with a device that only allows it to be discharged (fired) by means of a breath tube. This permit does not allow the use of an unmodified crossbow.
To qualify for a Modified Crossbow Permit a person must be permanently physically unable to hold or draw a legal bow or to fire a legal bow that has been modified to hold and release the string. If a person can pull the trigger on a gun, he or she will not qualify for a Modified Crossbow Permit.
Non-Ambulatory Access to State Lands
DEC has designated roads and trails throughout the state on state forests and wildlife management areas and on roads in the forest preserve for motor vehicle use by authorized people with disabilities who have a mobility impairment. The list of these opportunities, along with information on how to obtain a statewide permit for this purpose is available by writing to the Regional Land Manager at DEC Regional Offices.
Veterans with service-related disability of 40% or more (annual proof required from the Veteran's Administration) can get reduced fee hunting and fishing licenses and preference for Deer Management Permits.
For more information about reduced fee licenses and permit preference, contact DEC Regional Offices or the Deer Management Permit Information Hotline: 1-866-472-4332.