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Section 1.24: Special Season For Deer Of Either Sex In Suffolk County

Statutory authority: Environmental Conservation Law, §§ 3-0301, 11-0303, 11-0701, 11-0715, 11-0903, 11-0907, 11-0909, 11-0911, 11-0913, 11-0917, 11-1103

[Effective date: Dec. 28, 1964]

[Last Amended: July 11, 2012]



§1.24 Special season for deer of either sex in Suffolk County.

(a) Applicability
(b) Open season and times
(c) Open area
(d) License requirements
(e) Regulations
(f) General provisions

(a) Applicability. The provisions of this section shall apply to the taking of deer by shotgun and muzzleloading firearm in Suffolk County.

(b) Open season and times. Deer may be taken, Monday through Friday from sunrise to sunset beginning on the Monday following the first Saturday in January through the last weekday in January.

(c) Open area. Suffolk County.

(d) License requirements. No person shall hunt deer in Suffolk County unless such person possesses a special hunting permit. The special hunting permits shall be issued as follows: (1) Permits, furnished by the Department of Environmental Conservation, are issued by the town clerks for their respective towns only, and only until the quota for each town is exhausted. The quotas are as follows:

Brookhaven 2,000
East Hampton 750
Riverhead 750
Shelter Island 400
Southampton 1,000
Southold 300

Permits are issued only to holders of properly endorsed permit applications. Each permit authorizes the holder to hunt deer only in the town specified on it, and only on the property for which the permit holder has a properly completed and endorsed landowner's endorsement form. Permits are not transferable. (2) Permit applications may be obtained in person, or upon written request by mail, addressed to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Bureau of Wildlife, Building 40, State University of New York, Stony Brook, NY 11790-2356. The envelope in which the application is requested shall be plainly marked "Suffolk Special Deer Permit" in the lower left-hand corner. Requests shall give, legibly, the name and address of the applicant. A stamped, self-addressed return envelope shall be included with the request. Incomplete or illegible requests shall not be honored and shall be returned to the sender whenever possible. (3)To obtain a permit a person holding a permit application shall present it to the clerk of the town in which he or she intends to hunt along with a landowner's endorsement form which has been endorsed by a person who owns or leases 10 or more acres of land in that town, and who thereby certifies that he or she gives consent to the applicant to hunt deer on his or her premises in accordance with the provisions of this section. Such owner or leasee may authorize, and the town clerk may issue permits for, no more than one hunter for each 10 acres and not to exceed five hunters, per 100 acres under the owners control except that the department, through its Regional Wildlife Manager, may, in writing, authorize the owner or leasee of 10 or more acres to endorse additional applications and the issuance of permits therefore up to one hunter for each 10 acres and not to exceed five hunters per hundred acres for each day of the open season, when deer damage circumstances warrant such action. When deer damage circumstances warrant, the Regional Wildlife Manager may, in writing, authorize the owner or lessee of 10 or more acres, but less than 20 acres, to endorse two permits for each day of the open season. If the applicant wishes to hunt on his or her own land, he shall endorse his or her own application and obtain a permit, but in such case he or she may hunt only if the foregoing limits as to the number of hunters on a given acreage are not exceeded thereby. (4) Any holder of a special hunting permit who the department has reason to believe has violated any provisions of the Environmental Conservation Law, or of regulations promulgated thereunder, while hunting pursuant to such permit, shall surrender the permit to the department, and upon conviction or settlement for such violation such permit may be revoked. Any permit application or permit obtained by fraud, or by a person not entitled to be issued it or who makes a false statement in applying for it, shall be void. No permit application or permit shall be replaced if it is lost, stolen or destroyed.

(e) Regulations. (1) Deer of either sex may be taken. (2) Taking deer by use of a muzzleloading pistol is forbidden. (3) No person shall take deer with other than a shotgun using a single ball or slug, or a muzzleloading firearm, shooting a single projectile, having a minimum bore of 0.44 inches. Nothing in this section shall be construed as permitting a person to hunt on Saturday or Sunday. The provision of the Environmental Conservation Law in relation to hunting hours shall apply to the taking of deer pursuant to this section. (4) No person shall fail to transport deer taken in Suffolk County to a department checking station in Suffolk County prior to 6 pm. on the day taken. The taker shall personally transport the deer to a checking station; except that the taker may designate another to transport the deer providing the taker's carcass tag and a tag supplied by such taker, on which is written legibly in ink the name and address of the person to transport the deer, the date, and the signature of the taker and transporter, are attached to the carcass. The deer shall be tagged with a nonreusable self-locking metal seal by a department representative. No person shall remove such seal until the deer has been prepared for consumption. No person shall possess or transport such deer, except from point of taking to a checking station, without such seal and the taker's deer carcass tag properly attached. (5) No person shall hunt pursuant to a permit issued in accordance with this section without first obtaining written permission of the owner or lesser of the lands on which hunting is done. (6) No person shall hunt unless such person has in possession the required permit, landowner endorsement form and big game license.

(f) General provisions. The provisions of the Environmental Conservation Law shall be applicable to hunting deer pursuant to this section.