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Trapping Licenses

Trapper Safety Education Requirement

All first-time trappers must pass a trapper education course before they can get a trapping license in New York. Visit the Sportsman Education page for more information and to find a trapper education course near you.

Purchase Your Trapping License

Types and Fees

Annual Trapping License (View residency qualifications)

License Type Resident Fee Nonresident Fee
Annual
valid from September 1 through
August 31 each year*
$20 (ages 16-69)
$5 (ages 70+)
$5 (ages 12-15)
$275 (16+)
$5 (ages 12-15)

* Note: If you purchased your license between October 1, 2013 - January 31, 2014, your license will remain valid through September 30, 2014.

Free/Reduced Fee & Lifetime Licenses

  • Free/Reduced Fee Licenses (for military, Native Americans, students, who meet specific qualifications): Trapping licenses are available for free or a reduced fee to the select groups meeting specific qualifications. Please review qualifications and how to get your license by visiting the link above.
  • Lifetime Licenses: Trap for life with a lifetime license! Available to residents only.

Who Needs a Trapping License

You need a trapping license if you are:

  • 12 years and older and setting traps to take wild game species.
  • Setting traps to take the following species damaging property: beaver, otter, fisher and marten. Visit the
    Remove or "Take" Nuisance Animals Legally page for more details.

You do not need a trapping license if you are:

  • A resident landowner primarily engaged in farming (including lessees and members of their immediate families) when trapping on farm lands they are occupying and cultivating.
  • A Native American living and trapping game on reservation land.

General License Information

Other Helpful Links/Resources

More about trapping in New York State


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