Registration deadline March 18
Examinations for individuals seeking a license to practice the sport of falconry, become a volunteer wildlife rehabilitator, or use leashed tracking dogs to find wounded or injured big game animals are scheduled for Friday, April 8, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation announced.
The exams will run from 10 a.m. to noon at most DEC regional offices across the state. A list of offices can be found on the DEC website: http://www.dec.ny.gov/about/50230.html. The deadline for registering to take any of these free exams is Friday, March 18. Exam registration forms can be found at http://www.dec.ny.gov/permits/359.html.
Apprentice Falconry License
Falconry has a rich history and tradition throughout the world and requires a significant commitment in time and effort. Apprentices are limited to possessing one bird, either an American kestrel or a red-tailed hawk. A falconry study guide and examination manual are available at no cost from DEC: http://www.dec.ny.gov/permits/28632.html. The cost of a five-year falconry license is $40.
To qualify for the apprentice falconry license, applicants must:
Wildlife Rehabilitator License
Wildlife rehabilitators provide for the care of injured, sick and orphaned wild animals for the purpose of returning rehabilitated animals to the wild. Prospective applicants are encouraged to gain experience by serving as an assistant to a licensed wildlife rehabilitator. A wildlife rehabilitator study guide and examination manual are available at no cost from DEC:http://www.dec.ny.gov/permits/25027.html. There is no cost for the license, which is good for five years.
To qualify for the wildlife rehabilitator license, applicants must:
Leashed Tracking Dog Handler
Leashed tracking dog handlers use their dogs to track and recover dead, wounded or injured big game. Leashed tracking dog handlers provide a valuable service in aiding hunters in locating wounded big game that otherwise may have go unrecovered. A leashed tracking dog study guide is available at no cost from DEC: http://www.dec.ny.gov/permits/25020.html. There is a $50 license fee for the five-year license and a $25 non-refundable application fee.
To qualify for a leashed tracking dog handler license, applicants must:
To apply for any of these exams, visit the NYSDEC special licenses unit website at http://www.dec.ny.gov/permits/359.html and fill out an exam registration form. Mail, fax or email the completed form to: NYS DEC Special Licenses Unit, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-4752 phone: 518-402-8985; fax: 518-402-8925; email: SpecialLicenses@dec.ny.gov.