DEC Hunting or Fishing License
The Town Clerk’s Office acts as a License Issuing Agent for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). The Town Clerk sells hunting and fishing licenses for residents and non-residents of New York State. The conservation license year runs October 1 through September 30 of the following year. Before purchasing a hunting license, applicants must provide proof of hunter education and proof of residency. Fishing licenses are valid for one year from the date of purchase/activation. There is no education requirement to obtain a fishing license. 

Hunting Requirements

  • A hunter education course is required for anyone who cannot show proof that they have ever possessed a hunting license
  • Hunter education certificates and sporting licenses from all other states and countries are honored
  • Hunters wishing to bow hunt must take an additional bowhunter education course
  • Anyone 12 years of age or older must obtain a hunting license
  • Hunters under the age of 16 must apply for a license in person, show their birth certificate and be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian
To replace a lost license, tag, or turkey permit: Contact any license issuing agent. A $5.00 fee will be charged for each license replacement.

Fishing Requirements

  • Anyone under the age of 16 may fish without a license in New York State
  • Age 16 and older requires a fishing license
  • Non-residents of New York State can purchase an individual non-resident license

Required Documents

  • Proof of Age Identification Document
  • Proof of New York State residency for residency rate (driver’s license or non-driver ID document)
For detailed information about hunting and fishing privileges in New York State, visit the NYSDEC website at: