Hunting in Suffolk County Parks
Suffolk County Parks contain a diversity of wildlife that make it a surprising recreational resources for the residents of our County. We have many rewarding outdoor experiences throughout our parklands include wildlife viewing, hunting and fishing.
According to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), hunting is among the most popular forms of wildlife recreation in the New York State, and there is no need to travel to Upstate New York when you can hunt minutes from your home. Hunting is a safe and economically important outdoor pursuit, helping to balance wildlife populations, promote family traditions, while fostering an understanding and respect for the environment and its complexity.
Hunters have been a major force in protecting breeding habitat for waterfowl and other wildlife. The purchase of hunting (and fishing) licenses supports the work of wildlife and fisheries agencies. Over the course of the last one hundred years, these agencies have developed scientifically based wildlife and habitat management policies that are responsible for the recovery of a wide range of species, game and non-game.
Suffolk County Parks will be offering deer hunting access to Suffolk County residents during the NYSDEC Long Island Archery Hunting Season.
In addition to the current NYSDEC requirements our department will need to see:
- Active Suffolk County Green Key
- Valid NYS Big Game License and Tag
- Suffolk County Parks Archery Permit
Archery Permit Fee remains $38.
LOCATIONS TO PURCHASE PERMIT OR OBTAIN ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
PARK OFFICES: (Call Park prior to your arrival to insure staff availability.)
RULES AND REGULATIONS:
All NYSDEC Regulations Apply. In addition, Suffolk County Parks Archery Hunters must comply with the following:
- Hunters must park in designated parking areas only.
- No overnight parking.
- Parking permits must be displayed on the vehicle dashboard and be fully visible. One permit is issued per hunter. If two (2) hunters utilize one vehicle, both parking permits must be displayed in vehicle and the parking area is then considered full.
- SHARE THE WOODS: Hikers are permitted in these areas throughout the archery season.
- Temporary tree stands are permitted, but must be removed by the conclusion of hunting season. Be advised that your tree stand may be subject to use by others if left in place. Parks is not responsible for damaged, lost, or stolen property.
- Attention: In addition to NYSDEC reporting requirements, all successful Archery Hunters must also report success to the nearest park office (Cathedral Pines, Sears-Bellows, Cedar Point, Smith Point or Indian Island). If Parks is to continue offering Archery Hunting opportunities we need to know success ratio, area productivity, etc. Your cooperation will help ensure the continuation of the program. If the nearest Suffolk County Parks office is closed or unmanned, call the Administration Office Monday- Friday 8:30 a.m. -4:30 p.m. at (631) 854-4949 for instructions.
- Respect private property postings. When hunting unfamiliar areas, check with local park personnel for boundaries of parkland.
- Failure to comply with any of the above may result in the forfeiture of all hunting privileges. Click Here for Hunting Rules and Procedures.