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Field Trial License

License Details

This license authorizes pursuing wild game or propagated game at a competitive event sanctioned by a national, regional or local kennel, bird dog club or other organized dog hunting club to evaluate the field performance of hunting dogs.


There is no fee for this license.


The Field Trial Wild Game License duration is from April 16 to August 15. The Field Trial Propagated Game License duration is from January 1 to December 31

What This License Allows:

Wild game field trial license:

  • Pursuing select "wild game" (defined below) from April 16 to August 15 to evaluate a hunting dog's performance.

Propagated game field trial license

  • Releasing "propagated game" (defined below) to evaluate a hunting dog's performance.
  • Shooting released propagated game in areas other than a dog training area.

What This License Does Not Allow:

  • Shooting wild game.
  • Shooting any game on a dog training area.
  • Releasing captive-bred mammals.
  • Releasing or taking pigeons.

Other Pertinent Information

Propagated game species that may be acquired from a licensed domestic game bird breeder and released during a field trial include:

  • Mallard
  • Pheasant
  • Chukar
  • Quail
  • Gray partridge

Wild game species that may be pursued during a field trial include:

  • Eastern cottontail
  • Coyote
  • Snowshoe hare
  • Raccoon
  • Gray fox
  • American woodcock
  • Red fox
  • Ruffed grouse
  • Eastern gray squirrel

Field Trials Held on State Land
If a field trial is conducted on New York State lands or conservation easement lands, a Temporary Revocable Permit is needed.

Note: A hunting license is not required when participating in a field trial at any time of year whether on propagated game or wild game, whether during open hunting seasons or closed seasons.

How to Apply

Complete and submit the Field Trial License Application (PDF).

Renewing & Reporting

License Renewal

  • Field Trial Propagated Game - this license is an annual renewable license. A renewal form will be sent by mail prior to the December 31 expiration date. If a license renewal form is not received at least 2-weeks prior to expiration, please contact us.
  • Field Trial Wild Game - this license is a seasonal license and is not renewable. In order to receive authorization for Field Trials on Wild Game in subsequent years, a new application must be filed with the department.

Carcass Identification Form

A Carcass Identification Form (PDF) is required for propagated game Field Trial license holders to complete when any propagated game bird or carcass is taken from the field trial location.

Laws & Regulations

Environmental Conservation Law (ECL)

Please visit New York State Legislature (Leaves DEC website)

  • 11-0507 Liberation of Fish, Shellfish and Wildlife
  • 11-0927 Field Trials

New York Codes Rules and Regulations (NYCRR)

Contact Information

DEC Special Licenses Unit
625 Broadway, Albany NY 12233
(518) 402-8985

Other Related or Similar Licenses

DEC also issues the following licenses for permitting the use of tracking or hunting dogs on wildlife or game:

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