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DEC announces falconry, wildlife rehabilitator & leashed tracking dog examinations

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Sat, Feb 10th 2018 07:00 am
Exams scheduled at DEC regional offices on April 13; March 16 registration deadline
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 13, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation announced.
The exams are scheduled for 10 a.m. to noon at most DEC regional offices across the state. A list of DEC regional offices can be found on DEC's website: http://www.dec.ny.gov/about/50230.html. The deadline for registering to take these free exams is Friday, March 16, and 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: 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: score 80 percent or higher on the written exam; be at least 14 years of age; possess a valid New York State hunting license; and maintain DEC-approved facilities for housing falconry raptors.
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: 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: score 80 percent or higher on the written exam; be at least 16 years of age; and be interviewed by DEC Regional wildlife staff.
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 go unrecovered. A leashed tracking dog study guide is available at no cost from DEC: 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: score 80 percent or higher on the written exam; and possess a valid New York state hunting license.
To apply for any of these exams, visit the DEC 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 or email: [email protected].

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