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2014 Sporting Licenses Changes

This page provides information on sporting license changes starting February 1, 2014. Changes include reduced fees, reduced number of licenses, changes to valid license dates and more. If you have questions, please send us an e-mail at fw.information@dec.ny.gov.

Quickly find license change information on this page by clicking a link below:

Fishing License

Comparison of previous fishing license information and changes effective as of February 1, 2014.

Annual License
Purchases before February 1 Purchases on and after February 1
Valid October 1 - September 30 Valid one full year (365 days) from
date of purchase
$29 (resident)
$25 (resident, ages 16-69*)
$70 (nonresident) $50 (nonresident)
7-day License
Purchases before February 1 Purchases on and after February 1
$15 (resident)
$12 (resident)
Note: was further reduced
from $13 on April 1, 2014
$35 (nonresident)
$28 (nonresident)
Note: was further reduced
from $31 on April 1, 2014
1-day License
Purchases before February 1 Purchases on and after February 1
$5 (resident) Remains $5 (resident)
$15 (nonresident) $10 (nonresident)

* Prices based on age (junior/senior), disability, military status
and more are shown in the "Free & Reduced Fee Licenses/Privileges"
section below.

Marine Registry

Comparison of previous marine registration information and changes effective as of February 1, 2014.

Registrations before February 1 Registrations on and after February 1
Valid January 1 - December 31

Valid one full year (365 days) from
date of registration

No fee (resident & nonresident)
Remains as no fee

Hunting Licenses

Comparison of previous hunting license information and changes effective as of February 1, 2014.

Hunting License
Purchases before February 1 Purchases on and after February 1
Valid October 1 - September 30 Valid September 1 - August 31
Resident:
$29 (small/big game)
-or-
$26 (small game only)
$22 (residents, ages 16-69*)
small game & big game included
in the single hunting license
Non-resident:
$85 (small game)
$140 (deer)
$50 (bear)
$100 (nonresident)
small game & big game included
in the single hunting license, as it is
for residents

The hunting license is a base license for both residents & non-residents.
It is required to purchase before buying additional privileges/permits listed below.

Bowhunting Privilege
Purchases before February 1 Purchases on and after February 1
$21 (resident) $15 (resident, ages 16-69*)
$140 (nonresident) $30 (nonresident)
Muzzleloading Privilege
Purchases before February 1 Purchases on and after February 1
$21 (resident) $15 (resident, ages 14-69*)
$140 (nonresident) $30 (nonresident)
Turkey Permit
Purchases before February 1 Purchases on and after February 1
$10 (resident) Remains $10 (resident)
$50 (nonresident) $20 (nonresident)

Deer Management Permits: No changes.

* Prices based on age (junior/senior), disability, military status
and more are shown in the "Free & Reduced Fee Licenses/Privileges"
section below.

Trapping Licenses

Comparison of previous trapping license information and changes effective as of February 1, 2014.

Purchases before February 1 Purchases on and after February 1
Valid October 1 - September 30
Valid September 1 - August 31
$21 (resident) $20 (resident, ages 16-69*)
$310 (nonresident) $275 (nonresident)

* Prices based on age (junior/senior), disability, military status
and more are shown in the "Free & Reduced Fee Licenses/Privileges"
section below.

Valid Dates for Annual Licenses Purchased Before & After Change

The table below shows the valid dates of annual sporting licenses or marine registration depending on when the purchase/registration is made. Information on annual combination licenses can be found at the bottom of this page.

Date of
Purchase/Registry
Annual
License/Registry
Valid
Before
February 1
Fishing Through September 30, 2014
Marine Through December 31, 2014
Hunting Through September 30, 2014
Trapping Through September 30, 2014
On or After
February 1
Fishing 365 days from date of purchase
Marine 365 days from date of purchase
Hunting Through August 31, 2014
Trapping Through August 31, 2014

Free & Reduced Fee Licenses/Privileges

There were no changes for reduced fee/free licenses or privileges, except junior (12-15) bowhunting privileges.
The table below shows general qualifications for a free/reduced fee license. For more details, visit the Free/Reduced Fee Licenses page.

Qualification Licenses/Permits/
Privileges
Reduced Fee/Free
Juniors 12-15 years old
(resident & nonresident)
Hunting license $5
Bowhunting privilege $4
(requires a base hunting license for $5)
Juniors 15 and under
(resident & nonresident)
Trapping license $5
Seniors 70 years & older
(resident only)
Fishing, hunting & trapping licenses $5 each
Bowhunting & muzzleloading privileges Free
Military members under
Patriot Plan
(resident only)
Fishing, hunting & trapping licenses Free
Military veterans with
40% or greater disability
(resident only)
Fishing, hunting
& trapping licenses
$5
(Only need to purchase one license for $5.
For example, if a fishing license
is purchased for $5, the hunting & trapping licenses are free.)
Bowhunting & muzzleloading privileges Free
Resident active military
stationed outside of New York who are home on leave for 30 days or less
(Note: if you are a New York resident stationed in New York, regular license fees apply)
Fishing, hunting & trapping licenses Free
Legally blind
(resident only)
Fishing license Free
Native American members of
Shinnecock and Poospatuck tribes or the Six Nations
(resident only)
Fishing, hunting & trapping licenses, and
bowhunting & muzzleloading privileges
Free
Nonresident students attending a New York State College or University Fishing, hunting & trapping licenses Can be purchased
at resident price

Combination Licenses

As of February 1, 2014, annual combination licenses like the Sportsman, Super Sportsman, and Conservation Legacy are no longer available for purchase. Individual licenses, privileges and permits will need to be purchased instead. Combination licenses that were purchased prior to February 1 will remain valid through September 30, 2014.

Lifetime Licenses

There are no changes to cost and license structure for lifetime licenses.