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Free New York State Sporting Licenses for Qualifying Military Personnel

Free hunting/big game, fishing and trapping licenses are available to New York State residents who have the appropriate Sportsmen Education and are active service members of the military.

Under the Patriot Plan the following free license types are available:

  • Small/Big Game License
  • Trapping License
  • Fishing Season License

All other licenses/permits are available at regular prices.

New York State Residents who are active service members of the New York State Organized Militia, U.S. Reserve Forces, or certain members of the U.S. Armed Forces. "Active Service" shall mean full-time or part-time status in one of the branches of the New York and U.S. military forces. Inactive Ready Reserve service status does not qualify an individual for free DEC sporting licenses.

More Information

For more information free sporting licenses under the Patriot Plan for qualifying military personnel, contact your DEC Regional Offices or visit the DEC website at:

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