DEC Hunting Regulations

DEC Oswego County
General License Information:

  • Licenses and permits are valid from Oct. 1 through Sept. 30.
  • All hunters must have a valid hunting license in their possession.
  • Children under the age of 12 may not hunt wildlife.
  • Hunters under age 16 must apply for a license in person and be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
  • New hunters must complete a mandatory hunter education course to obtain a hunting license.

Sporting licenses may be purchased over the counter at license-issuing outlets, bait shops and in village and town clerk offices.

Please respect landowners’ rights and property.

Be familiar with fishing and hunting regulations. When you purchase a hunting license, you should receive a NYS Hunting and Trapping Regulations Guide. See the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Web site for additional information or call 1-866-933-2257.