Who Needs a Hunting License – from NYS DEC

by wnydeerhunter on February 5, 2015

**Info That’s Good To Know**

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 Hunters (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. These are listed in the table above.

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.

**This information is taken directly from the NYS DEC Website: http://www.dec.ny.gov/permits/6094.html
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