HUNTING AT WEST POINT
HUNTING & FISHING PERMITS
Purchase your Hunting, Trapping, and Fishing Permits here on WestPoint.iSportsman. An individual looking to purchase such a permit must first have an approved iSportsman account and complete the mandatory safety brief. After doing so, said individual may purchase their permit online through the iSportsman permit purchase system via credit. In-person permit sales at West Point have been discontinued.
REMINDER: West Point no longer sells NYS Licenses. All eligible personnel must have a valid NYS License and a valid West Point permit to legally hunt, trap, or fish here at West Point.
All hunters doing any hunting related activities from walking, scouting, setting up stands to the actual pursuit of games must check in and check out online. In the past, West Point hunters signed out through HuntTracker, but as of June 2017, operation of HuntTracker has been discontinued. Hunters may now sign out through this site when logged into their account. To sign in and sign out through iSportsman while in our West Point hunting areas, please create an account. Once approved, you will be able to purchase a hunting permit and sign in and out of areas during Hunting Season.
GENERAL PUBLIC HUNTING PERMITS
West Point allows limited hunting, during big game season only, by members of the General Public. However West Point does not permit trapping, fishing, small game hunting, waterfowl, migratory or ground bird hunting by members of the General Public. All individuals wishing to hunt small game, waterfowl, migratory or ground bird at West Point must meet Customer Type eligibility requirements. Please see Customer Types page on this website to determine if you meet these requirements.
NEW YORK STATE HUNTING LICENSES
West Point has discontinued the in-person sale of New York State Hunting and Fishing Licenses. Hunters and fishers looking to buy West Point permits may purchase them on this site after creating an account or in-person through Outdoor Recreation at Round Pound after 1 April from 0800-1800 hrs. For more information about West Point permits, please contact +1 (845) 938 - 2503.
Hunters and anglers are able to purchase their New York State Hunting and Fishing Licenses online, in person at various local locations include at the offices of the Town of Highlands, Town of Cornwall, and Town of New Windsor, or via telephone at +1 (845) 866-933-2257. A comprehensive list of locations is available from New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC)
Please note, fishing licenses are instantly valid but for hunting licenses purchased online or by phone, you must wait 14 business days to receive your license/tags by mail before going hunting. To get licenses/tags instantly, visit a license issuing agent location. Active Duty, non-NYS resident personnel can still purchase discounted NYS License either online or in person.
If purchasing their discounted NYS License in person, they may do so at various locations including the offices of the Town of Highlands, Town of Cornwall, and Town of New Windsor. If purchasing in person, they are encouraged to fill out this form ahead of time. More information about NYS reduced fee sporting licenses is available here.
HUNTING & CHECK IN/CHECK OUT HOURS
BIG GAME SEASON
HUNTING HOURS: SUNRISE - SUNSET *
CHECK IN/CHECK OUT HOURS: 0500 TO HOUR AFTER SUNSET*
Hunting hours for regular big game season are sunrise to sunset*. Hunters may check into an area to hunt via iSportsman and enter the woods to hunt at 0500 at the earliest but must be be out of an area and check out of the area via iSportsman by an hour after sunset.
* Regular big game season hunting hours apply to all hunters during big game season, not just hunters of big game, with following exceptions: Waterfowl hunters may hunt half hour before sunrise. (See Hunting Memo)
NON BIG GAME SEASON
HUNTING HOURS: 0400 - 2359*
CHECK IN/CHECK OUT HOURS: 0400 - 2359
Hunting hours for non-big game season are 0500-2359 (see Hunting Memo). Hunters may checking out an area for hunting via iSportsman as early as 0400 (but no earlier) and but must be both out of the field and checked out of area via iSportsman by 2359.
* Hunting Hours as described in Hunting Memo apply. Hunting for most species is limited to from sunrise to sunset. Exceptions include waterfowl (half hour before sunrise to sunset), spring turkey (see Hunting Memo), and night coyote, fox, raccoon hunting (0400-2359)
* Hunters have one hour limit between checking into an area on iSportsman and being out in said area. Similarly hunters have one hour limit between leaving an area and checking out of an area on iSportsman.
* Indefinite holding of an area not being used is unethical and against West Point. Hunters must use the area they check into or otherwise check out. Failure to comply will result in possible suspension of all permits/passes and fish/game privileges at West Point without refund.
MIGRATORY BIRD SPECIES
WOODCOCKS, DUCKS, GEESE, COOTS, RAILS, ETC.
All hunters that wish to hunt any migratory bird species must register with the Harvest Information Program (HIP) before going hunting for the first time. To see the informational brochure on the HIP program for details, go here or call NYSDEC's toll free automated info line at +1 (888) 427-5447. This is a requirement in all states.
HUNTING POLICIES & PROGRAMS
This web page does not contain all West Point hunting regulations. Consult USMA Regulation 215-5 for the complete listing. USMA Regulation 215-5 in currently undergoing revision and when completed, the latest approved version will be made available here. Until then, the USMA Regulation 215-5 edition last revised in October 2011 should be consulted. West Point's annual Hunting Memorandum will list hunting season dates and bag limits. New York State hunting laws govern seasons, bag limits and permitted weapons unless the West Point provisions are more restrictive. Individuals are responsible for complying with all rules and laws.
All hunters must have a New York hunting license and a West Point hunting permit to hunt at West Point. New York hunting, big-game licenses can be purchased at any town clerk's office or at some sporting goods stores. To purchase a license, you need a previous license issued by any state or Canadian province if recognized by New York State or proof of completion of a hunter safety course from any state. To hunt deer and bear with a bow you will also need to have proof of completion of a bow hunter safety course from New York State.
Military personnel stationed in New York qualify for resident licenses. A New York driver's license or a copy of your assignment orders will satisfy the proof of residency requirement. Cadets from other states as full-time students also qualify for New York resident licenses.
Fees for West Point hunting permits, daily guest permits, and weekly guest permits are available on this site. Users must first create an account before purchasing a permit.
New York State laws allow children ages 12-15 to hunt small-game while accompanied by a parent or legal guardian who is also licensed to hunt small-game. Children ages 14 and 15 may also hunt deer and bear during the special archery season is a licensed adult archery big-game hunter accompanies them.
The Youth Hunting Mentoring Program allows those 14 and 15 to hunt deer and bear during the big game season. Requirements are a junior hunting license and being accompanied by a parent, legal guardian, or a "youth mentor" (with a big game hunting license) 21 years or older designated in writing with NYSDEC issued permission form that has at least 3 years hunting experience. The youth hunter must stay on the ground and may not use a tree stand.
TYPES OF HUNTING AVAILABLE
West Point Hunters can pursue a wide variety of big-game, small-game, game bird and migratory game bird species. Big-game species include black bear and white-tailed deer. Small game species include gray squirrels, coyotes, red fox, gray fox, raccoons, skunk, opossum, bobcat, and cottontail rabbits. Game bird species include wild turkey (both spring and fall) and crows. Migratory game bird species include Canada geese, mallard ducks, wood ducks, black ducks, several other duck species, woodcock, snipe, coot and rail. Stocking of ring-necked pheasants and bobwhite quail may also occur.
Waterfowl hunting opportunities are limited but the action can be exciting when the birds are coming in. The lakes and ponds that ducks and geese frequent at West Point that are hunting is permitted on are designated Waterfowl (WF) areas and may be signed out, if available (not closed or full) through the Check in/Check out function on this site. To hunt wetland areas that occasionally have ducks and geese and are not in Waterfowl (WF) hunting areas but are in other hunting areas, hunters may access these areas by signing out the hunting area that they are within. Areas capacities still apply.
Remember: only non-toxic (non-lead) shot may be possessed and used when hunting and/or shooting at waterfowl.
TREE STANDS AND DUCK BLINDS
Permanent tree stands are prohibited at West Point. Use of spikes or screw in steps or anything that damages trees or is nailed to a tree is also prohibited. Portable tree stands and ladder stands are permitted. Duck blinds may only be made from natural materials found at the hunting location. The blind must be taken down and removed by the end of February each year.
There are several West Point regulations in place to improve safety conditions for hunting on West Point:
- All big game hunters, small game hunters, and trappers will wear at least 100 square inches (visible from all sides) of blaze orange at all times. Waterfowl and spring turkey hunters are exempted from this regulation while hunting in place, but must comply with the regulation during walk-in/walk-out.
- No firearm or bow may be discharged within 50 feet of a major roadways that intersect or adjoin the reservation (Route 6, Route 9W, Route 293, Route 218, Mine Torne Road, Smith Clove Road, Mineral Springs Road, and Stony Lonesome Road).
- Obey the hunter capacities for each of the areas. The area quotas were designed to spread people out so that a hunter is less likely to crowd upon another hunter using the area.
- New York State Law and West Point regulation prohibit shooting a bow or firearm within 500 feet of an occupied building unless over
New York laws and West Point regulation require successful deer, bear, and turkey hunters to fill out the carcass tag immediately upon bagging an animal. For deer and bear, the tag does not have to be attached to the animal until you are ready to transport it in your vehicle to the Hunt Check Station (all bear must be processed in all seasons by Natural Resources staff and during Regular Season, all deer must be processed by Natural Resources staff). Unfortunately, every year hunters unknowingly commit violations of New York game laws by not properly filling out their tags. The fine can vary every year.
To avoid this unfortunate circumstance, here are a few bits of information to keep in mind when filling out your deer, bear, or turkey tags. First, be sure to carry to a pen. A pencil is not legal. Keep the pen next to your body in cold weather so that the ink will not freeze. Second, on deer and turkey carcass tags, the month and date must be cut out or marked out. The month is one side of the tag (in letters) and the dates (in numbers) are along another side. Finally, there are several blocks on tags which successful hunters frequently either leave blank or fill incorrectly:
The information you record in these blocks is important for New York State in managing its deer populations. Here are the proper pieces of information:
- COUNTY of KILL: West Point is in Orange County. Constitution Island is in Putnam County.
- TOWN of KILL: This refers to township, not town, city, or community. West Point is within three townships - Highlands (the main township), Woodbury, and Cornwall. The boundaries to each township are located on your Hunting Map. Consult your map to determine which township you are in.
- NEAREST VILLAGE: Use "West Point".
- WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT UNIT: Because New York has such varied terrain and habitats, these regions support different levels of deer populations. To effectively manage the state deer herd, New York subdivides the state into many smaller units (wildlife management units) each with its own management requirements. West Point is located within wildlife management unit "3P".
Most of the other blocks are self-explanatory. Be sure that all areas are filled correctly. The New York Regulation Guide you receive when you buy your license also explains how to fill out your tags. If there is still confusion, contact the Natural Resources Branch for answers to any remaining questions.
OTHER HUNTING INFORMATION
POINTS OF CONTACT
ON WEST POINT
- NATURAL RESOURCES BRANCH, DHPW: For questions and concerns about wildlife management operations, game species populations, hunting and trapping regulations, or to report injured wildlife or bear sightings, call: 1 (845) 938-7122, -2314, -3857, -1973
- OUTDOOR RECREATION DIVISION, FMWR: For questions and concerns about West Point hunting and guest passes, NY hunting licenses, area maps, West Point hunting regulations including USMA Regulation 215-5, call: 1 (845) 938-2503 or 1 (845) 938-8810.
- RANGE CONTROL: For questions about access to reservation training areas for hunting, fishing, and trapping including questions about keys, gates, range roads, and range area firing or to report UXO or trees downed across range roads, call: 1 (845) 938-3930
- PROVOST MARSHALL: Law Enforcement Sergeant's Desk: 1 (845) 938-3333. For on-installation game or other environmental violations, call CLEOs at 1 (845) 938-2797, 1 (845) 938-0147 or 1 (845) 590-1345. If unavailable, try Sergeant's Desk.
OFF WEST POINT
- NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION (NYSDEC) - REGION 3 OFFICE - NEW PALTZ NY: For questions about NY Game laws, license information, hunter safety course information, or other inquiries call REGION 03 OFFICE at (845) 256-3098. To report injured wildlife or NYS Game Law Violations off-post, call NYSDEC ECO's at: 1 (845) 3013.
*** NOTE REGARDING ALL INFORMATION ON THIS WEBSITE ***
All hunting, trapping, and fishing on West Point must be in accordance with New York State regulations and West Point regulations as stated in USMA Regulation 215-5. All information posted here is meant to supplement New York State regulations as set by the NYSDEC and West Point Regulations as stated in USMA Regulation 215-5. No information posted here should be interpreted as authorizing individuals to otherwise violate New York State regulations or West Point regulations as stated In USMA Regulation 215-5. If any clarification is necessary, please contact the Natural Resource Branch Office.