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Hunting Licenses

Introducing New York's Adventure License Series at the NY License Center

Hunter Safety Education Requirement

All first-time hunters must pass one or more courses before they can get a hunting license in New York. Visit the Sportsman Education page to learn more and find a free course near you.

Purchase Your Hunting License/Privilege/Permit

  • At a License Issuing Agent Location
  • Online or by Phone
    **IMPORTANT: When making an online/phone purchase, you must wait 14 business days to receive your license/tags by mail before going hunting. To get licenses/tags instantly, visit a license issuing agent location.

NOTE: Transactions that cannot be made via the links above: Permits for hunters with disability, the Harvest Information Program, Migratory Duck Stamp, and some reduced fee/free licenses require a separate application system or process. Please follow the links provided on this page for details on how to apply to these permits, stamps or licenses.

License Types & Fees

Annual Hunting License (View residency qualifications)
With this license you can hunt big game and small game.
***This license is required before other privileges (i.e. bowhunting, muzzleloading & turkey permit) can be purchased.***

Resident Fee Nonresident Fee
$22 (ages 16-69)
$5 (ages 70+)
$5 (ages 12-15)
$100 (ages 16+)
$5 (ages 12-15)

Additional Annual Hunting Privileges/Permit/Stamps (View residency qualifications)
An annual hunting license (above) must be purchased before purchasing the following privileges/stamps.

Type Resident Fee Nonresident Fee Required For
Bowhunting Privilege $15 (ages 16-69)
No fee (ages 70+)
$5 (ages 12-15)
$30 (ages 16+)
$5 (ages 12-15)
To know when you need a privilege, permit
or stamp, visit the Hunting Licenses/Privileges Needed page.
Muzzleloading Privilege $15 (ages 14-69)
No fee (ages 70+)
$30 (ages 14+)
Turkey Permit $10 (ages 12+) $20 (ages 12+)
Harvest Information Program No fee (ages 12+) No fee
(must register in New
York even if registered
in another state)
Federal Duck Stamp
(External link)
$15 (ages 16+)
Deer Management Permit $10 (ages 16+)
No fee (ages 12-15)
No fee (holders of lifetime sportsman
licenses purchased prior to
October 1, 2009)
Harvesting antlerless deer (antlers less than 3" long)
in select Wildlife Management Units.
Permits for Hunter's with Disability No fee Using specialized equipment to aid in discharging a
bow, or to discharge a firearm from a motorized vehicle.

Valid Dates of Annual Licenses/Privileges

  • Annual hunting licenses and privileges are valid from September 1 through August 31 each year.
    Note: If you purchased your license between October 1, 2013 - January 31, 2014, your license will remain valid through September 30, 2014.
  • The Harvest Information Program and Federal Duck Stamp is valid July 1 through June 30 annually.

Free/Reduced Fee & Lifetime Licenses

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

Who Needs a Hunting License

You need a hunting license if you are:

  • 12 years and older and using a firearm or bow to hunt or take wild game. Persons under age 12 cannot hunt.
    • Junior Hunting Program (12-15): review regulations and information for junior hunters, ages 12-15.
    • Additional Privileges/Permits: depending on the season and species you are hunting you may need additional privileges or permits. Details can be found on the Hunting Licenses/Privileges Needed page.
    • Nuisance species: landowner using a bow or firearm to take the following species when damaging property: snowshoe hare, porcupine, red squirrel, woodchuck/groundhog, English sparrow, or pigeon. Visit the Remove or "Take" Nuisance Animals Legally page for more details.

You do not need a hunting license if you are:

  • A resident landowner primarily engaged in farming (including lessees and members of their immediate families) when hunting small game on farm lands they are occupying and cultivating.
  • A Native American living and hunting small game on reservation land.
  • Hunting on a licensed shooting preserve or big game shooting facility.

Note: To hunt turkey, all hunters must purchase a turkey permit. There are no exceptions.

General License Information

Other Helpful Links/Resources

More on hunting in New York State


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