2019-20 Hunting Licenses and Permits On Sale Now

New York hunting and trapping licenses and permits for the 2019-2020 season are now on sale. Hunters can make a purchase at any one of DEC’s 1,300 license issuing outlets, by phone at 866-933-2257, or online through the DEC website (allow up to two weeks for receipt of hunting licenses and permits ordered by phone or online).

October 1 is the deadline to apply for deer management permits (DMPs). The 2019 chances of selection for a Deer Management Permit in each Wildlife Management Unit are available online, through license issuing agents, or by calling the DMP Hotline at 1-866-472-4332. Detailed information on Deer Management Permits is available on DEC’s website.

You can access DEC’s call center from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays through October 1, 2019. Regular call center weekday hours (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) will resume on October 2.

Individuals should have the following items ready when buying a license:

  • Complete contact information (e.g. name, address, e-mail address, telephone number)
  • DEC customer ID number (if applicable)
  • Proof of residency (e.g., driver’s license or non-driver’s ID with a valid NYS address)
  •  A valid credit card, if purchasing by phone or internet


If not already entered in DEC’s automated licensing system, individuals are required to provide proof of hunter or trapper education certification or a copy of a previous license for all hunting and trapping license purchases. For additional information, visit the General Sporting License Information web page on DEC’s website.

Hunters and trappers are encouraged to review the new Hunting & Trapping Regulations Guide. It provides an easy-to-read collection of rules and regulations, and is available on the DEC Hunting Regulations web page. A summary of hunting and trapping regulations is currently available at license-issuing agents, and copies of the full hunting and trapping regulations guide will be available at license-issuing agents beginning September 1st.