New York – From a Deer Hunter’s POV

Posted: 08/27/2012 in Archery, Hunting, Legal, News, Regulations
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This is an ongoing series looking at each state from the point of view of a nonresident hunter trying to find information about deer hunting, the basic explanation is HERE.

New York

Is the information easy to find?

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation hunting regulation web site was at the top of the search results.

Grade: A

Website: is it easy to use and understand?

The NYDEC Deer and Bear regulations page is a wonderful resource for many of the basic questions such as ‘bag limit’ and ‘which licenses should I purchase.’  There is also a nonresident hunting licenses and permits page that includes requirements to purchase the license.  Finally, there is ‘Places to Hunt in New York‘ page that lays out all of the information needed to find land open to public hunting.  Overall, the website is very user friendly and information is easy to find within minutes.

Grade: A

Does the state hold a lottery system for non-residents or are over the counter licenses available?

Over the counter licenses are available for residents and nonresidents, there may be some special location or special hunt drawings, but they are not the norm.

Grade: A

How much does it cost to hunt, and is there a short term license available?

New York’s licensing is somewhat complicated, with multiple licenses available for residents and nonresidents, however I have to say that the resident and nonresident license pages are well designed, giving the user all the information needed to choose which license best fits their needs.  The simplest example of this system would be to compare the Super Sportsman and Archery Only licenses from both the resident and nonresident cost and privileges perspective.  Resident Super Sportsman licenses cost $88.00, and are valid for ‘All the privileges that apply to fishing, small game, big game, bowhunting and muzzleloading licenses and a turkey permit.’  Please note that there is a definite list of qualifications to get licenses in New York, hunter education and bowhunter education are required depending on the type of hunting you are planning.  Archery only permits for New York residents cost $21.00, and require the ‘Small and Big Game’  license, which costs $29.00.

Nonresidents in New York have similar options, with a Super Sportsman license that is priced at $280.00, with the following permits included ‘All the privileges that apply to nonresident fishing, small game, big game, bowhunting and muzzleloading licenses and a turkey permit.’  Note that this does NOT include a bear permit, which along with a Federal Duck Stamp appear to be the only permits not included.  Archery only licenses are available for $140.00, however unlike the resident license, this does not require a separate big game permit.  The archery only tag is described as ‘Hunt deer only with bow only during bowhunting season. Includes the regular season in Westchester County (WMU 3S) and Suffolk County (WMU 1C)..’

Grade: A

Are the hunting seasons easy to find and laid out in a logical manner?

The Dear and Bear Hunting Seasons page is very easy to read, with two maps detailing how the state is divided into areas, and a simple table that displays the bowhunting, regular, muzzleloader, and special seasons.  It only takes a moment to find when season is for any given part of the state.

Grade: A

Is public hunting available, if so, are the rules different? If the rules are different, are they easy to understand?

New York has a very useful “Places to Hunt in New York” page with nearly every option a nonresident could ask for when looking for public hunting options.  Links to custom map applications, phone numbers, lists of state parks and links to Wildlife Management Areas.  There is a note stating that State Parks should be contacted for specific dates and regulations, but the links to the WMAs do not seem to have areas-specific regulations and dates.

Grade: A

Are there major issues in hunting this state as a non-resident?

Be cautious and read carefully before hunting in New York state, there are rules that nonresidents can violate simply because they did not realize the rule existed.   ‘Barbed’ broadheads are illegal in New York state, for example:

Barbed broadheads are illegal for hunting big game. A barbed broadhead is one in which the angle formed between the trailing or rear edge of any blade and the shaft is less than 90 degrees. Broadhead examples on the right compare one that is barbed to three that are legal. Broadheads with retractable blades are legal. Broadheads with mechanical blades are legal if the blades DO NOT form a barb or hook when the arrow is pulled from the flesh of a deer or bear.

Also, understand the pistols are for the most part not welcome in the state of New York, even if you wish to use a single-shot muzzleloading pistol during the muzzleloader season, you must obtain a New York State pistol permit.

Chronic Wasting Disease is present in New York State, please be aware that there are special regulations governing importation or exportation of game animals based on this issue.

Grade: C

Summary: Final Grade A

New York state has an excellent web site, with information presented in an easy to find and easy to understand format. There are multiple options for nonresidents to choose from in terms of seasons and licenses, and many wonderful places to hunt public property.  Be wary of the fine print though, read the regulations thoroughly, and if there is any question regarding whether something will be legal, call both the state number AND the closest game office to where you’ll be hunting.  While the state office may find Grim Reaper broadheads to be legal, the local office may take one look at them and say ‘barbed, you’re going to jail.’  Never assume when dealing with game offices, they are staffed by individuals just like the rest of us, and may read things differently at each office.

States CompletedAlabamaAlaskaArizonaArkansasCaliforniaColoradoConnecticutDelaware,

FloridaGeorgiaHawaiiIdahoIllinoisIndiana, IowaKansasKentuckyLouisianaMaineMaryland

MassachusettsMichiganMinnesotaMississippiMissouriMontanaNebraskaNevadaNew Hampshire

New Jersey, New Mexico


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