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Conservation Licenses


Conservation licenses go on sale in August of each year. Anyone seeking a new license for hunting must provide a hunter's training course certification. Mandatory hunter education requires a minimum 10-hour course and Bowhunter education requires a minimum 8-hour course. To qualify for a resident license, the applicant must live in New York State a minimum of 30 days prior to the date of application. If renewing, an old license along with a driver's license will serve as proof of residency. The minimum age to receive a hunting license is 12 years of age. Junior hunters under the age of 16 need parental or guardian consent to receive a license. Licenses and permits are valid from October 1 through September 30.

Effective February 2014 a new pricing scale went into effect for the 2014 licensing year. The new licensing system rolled out this year will offer many more reporting enhancements and capabilities to the DEC and its users. Any questions regarding these new changes can be directed to the Town Clerk's office at (716) 542-4573 or researched on the NYSDEC website.