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Shooting Preserve License

License Details

This license authorizes an individual to operate a commercial or private shooting preserve for hunting captive-bred game birds. Licensed individuals must be the owner or lessee of the facility premises.


The Class A (Commercial) license is $200. The Class B (Private/Personal use) license is $60.


The duration of either license is 5 years.

What This License Allows

Class A - Commercial

  • Operating a commercial or club membership shooting preserve on a minimum of 100 acres. Selling captive-bred game birds, dead or alive.
  • Charging either a daily fee or a fee for each bird killed.

Class B - Private/Personal Use

  • Operating a private non-commercial shooting preserve that is limited to the licensee, relatives and invited guests. No minimum acreage required.

Both Class A & Class B

  • Shooting captive-bred birds from September 1- April 15, and in any method other than shooting during April 16 - August 31.
  • Purchasing, transporting, rearing and releasing captive bred game-birds.
  • Hunting on the preserve without a NYS hunting license.

What This License Does Not Allow

  • Releasing Canada geese, wild turkey and swan to the wild.
  • Breeding domestic-game birds (requires a domestic game bird breeder license).
  • Class B (Private/Personal Use) licensees only: no selling of live birds or carcasses.

Other Pertinent Information

The following captive-bred game birds can be purchased from a New York licensed domestic game bird breeder or other legal game bird breeder facility outside the state:

  • Ducks
  • Geese
  • Brant
  • Swans
  • Pheasants
  • Quail
  • Wild turkey
  • Ruffed grouse
  • Chukar partridge
  • Hungarian partridge
  • European gray‐legged partridge

How to Apply

  1. Get a copy of the Tax ID Map (from local Town Clerks Office).
    Must include/show:
    • Total number of acres
    • Surrounding/bordering roads or properties
  2. Complete and submit the Shooting Preserve License Application (PDF)
    • If leasing all or part of the land, you will need the landowner to complete and sign the "Lease Information" section of the application to indicate the duration and acreage of land being leased.

Renewing & Reporting

License Renewal

Licenses expire on April 15 every fifth year after the license was issued. A renewal form will be sent by mail prior to the license expiration date noted on the license. If a license renewal form is not received at least 2 weeks prior to the expiration date, please contact us.

Annual Reporting

Carcass Identification Form

A Carcass Identification Form (PDF) is required to complete when any bird(s) or carcass(es) leave the licensed premises. This form must remain with the carcass(es) during transit and until the animal(s) is/are prepared for consumption.

Laws & Regulations

New York Codes Rules and Regulations (NYCRR)

Environmental Conservation Law (ECL)

Please visit New York State Legislature (Leaves DEC website)

  • 11-2111 Posting; Service of Notice
  • 11-1903 Shooting Preserves
  • 11-0103(4)(a)(c) Fish and Wildlife Definitions

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 fish or game preserves:

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