Purchase your trapping permit here on WestPoint.iSportsman.Net. An individual looking to purchase a fishing permit must first create an iSportsman account which must then be approved by a West Point iSportsman administrator. Finally, as a new user, the individual must complete the mandatory safety brief (an annual requirement). Once the user has created an account and completed the mandatory safety brief, the user may call the Natural Resource Branch office to arrange a visit to coordinate the purchase of a trapping permit. At the time of that visit, the trapper will be given a trapping validation on iSportsman, may purchase the trapping permit on iSportsman via credit card and choose the desired trapping area. 




West Point controls and vets prospective users in order to prevent interference with the military mission, to ensure safety and sustainability, and to prevent an overexploitation of natural resources. As such, West Point only permits users to trap who meet specific criteria to qualifty under one of a number of different eligible customer types. For information on customer types and definitions, new users should see the New Users page HERE. prior to creating an account. 




1. REGISTER YOUR ACCOUNT - New users register a new account HERE and awaits an administrator to vet and approve it. Approval of the new account gives the user a Background validation, which for most users will expire after a few years and require reapproval.

2. REVIEW SAFETY BRIEF - Once an account has been approved a user will be notified by e-mail. The user thens log on to his/her account and completes a mandatory safety brief (an annual requirement) giving the user a Safety Brief validation, good for one year.

3. VISIT NATURAL RESOURCE BRANCH OFFICE - A user in good standing with both a Background  and Safety Brief validation must coordinate an in person visit to the Natural Resource Branch office. At that time, the user can obtain:

3-A. TRAPPING VALIDATION & PURCHASE TRAPPING PERMIT - Natural Resource Branch staff will give trapper a trapping validation and the user can purchase his/her trapping permit via iSportsman in the office. Permit/Vehicle pass will be printed out.

3-B. TRAPPING AREA SELECTION & MAP - Trapper can pick trapping area on first-come, first-served basis - reserving that area of the trapping season - and trapping maps of the installation and specific area will be printed out for trapper at that time. 




1. ANNUAL TRAPPING PERMIT:  one year trapping permit for West Point good for 365 days from date of purchase. With this permit, a permitee may trap legal furbearer species in NYS. Big Game, waterfowl, upland bird and non-furbearer species may not be trapped. 

See USMA Regulation 215-5 and annual Hunting Season Notice for local West Point rules and regulations. See NYSDEC website for state rules and regulations.






Trapping at West Point is closed to the General Public.

General Public users may neither purchase trapping permits nor trap at West Point. 


GUEST - a guest is an individual in good standing that can accompany a sponsor and participate in the same activity as the sponsor. A guest angler must have a valid NYS fishing license and the sponsor must have both a valid NYS fishing license, West Point permit, and West Point guest pass. Guests must be checked in/out with sponsor remain in the same fishing area as sponsor.




WALKER -  is an unpermitted individual in good standing that may accompany a sponsor but may not trap like sponsor. A walker may not deploy his/her own traps. Nor may he/she check permitees or check traps without permitee. Walkers do not need NYS licenses. Walkers sponsors do not require guest passes. Walkers must be checked in/out with sponsor and within five meters of the sponsor at all times.

A sponsored permitee may bring, at most, one walker while trapping.




Trapping at West Point is closed to the General Public.

General Public users may neither purchase trapping permits nor fish alone at West Point. 


Users that do not fit in to any of the other eleven Customer Types available at West Point, may qualify to hunt big game under restricted conditions at West Point as General Public hunters. Howeverm General Public users may not hunt small game, waterfowl, upland birds, nor trap, fish, or collect firewood on their own at West Point. See Customer Type definitions on New User Page HERE for more information.






* All trappers and their  walkers doing any hunting related activities from walking, scouting, setting/baiting/closing/retrieving traps or cameras, etc to the actual pursuit of game must check in and check out on iSportsman. 

EXCEPTION - OPENING DAY OF REGULAR FIREARMS BIG GAME SEASON: On Opening Day of Regular Firearms Big Game Season, the iSportsman system is usually down. On this day all trapping check-in and check-out in person at Hunt Control. 




AVAILABILITY - As a miltary installation, mission related activities and safety take precedence at West Point. Areas are often closed due training, range fire, and inclement conditions. To see areas status today/tomorrow, see Areas HERE or Interactive Map HERE.  

IMPORTANT NOTE FOR TRAPPERS: Since Trappers must check traps, by state law and West Point regulation, at least once every 24 hours, coordination is necessary between Range Control and trapper(s) to access areas they may be suddenly closed for training.

GATES & KEYS - Access to some areas may be restricted due to locked gates e.g. Cranberry Pond, adjacent to areas downrange of artillery, is often closed. Range Control has discontinued its policy of lending keys to hunters/anglers. Locked gates will remain locked.

ROADS - for 2WD passenger-type privately owned vehicles is described variably by road as excellent, good, fair, and poor. In most cases pickup trucks and 4WD vehicles with high ground clearance should have little difficulty in reaching the areas during dry road conditions.




Trappers may pursue a several furbearer species including beaver, bobcat, mink, muskrat, otter, raccoon, red fox, gray fox, skunk, coyote, opossum, weasel, and fisher. Pursuit of otter, bobcat, and fisher must be authorized in advance by Natural Resources Branch staff. 

In 2020, the iSportsman system was updated so all that trappers upon check-out will see trapping game species ordered instead of all hunting, fishing, and trapping game species. 

























New York law requires successful otter, bobcat, and fisher trappers to fill out a NYSDEC Furbearer Possession Tag, allowing trappers to legally possess the pelt or unskinned animal until pelt sealing is required.  NYSDEC Furbearer Possession Tags may be found HERE.

Fill out furbearer possesion tags immediately. They are not official pelt seals but must accompany pelt or unskinned animal at all times. Unfortunately, every year trappers unknowingly commit violations by not properly filling out their tags. Fines can vary.

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.




New York State also requires pelt sealing for harvested bobcat, otter, fisher (all found on West Point) and marten (not found on West Point). Pelts are sealed by a NYSDEC representative attaching plastic seal(s) to the pelt(s) or unskinned carcass of otter, bobcat, fisher, or marten. In order to make arrangements to get pelt sealed, contact the local regional NYSDEC wildlife office at New Paltz.

The pelt must be sealed before it is exported from the state, sold or given to another person, mounted or tanned, or before ten days have passed since the close of the trapping season in which the animal was harvested. Once sealed, the seal must remain attached to the pelt or carcass until it is processed for display or use. 




All tra[[ers must have a New York trapping license and a West Point trapping permit to trap at West Point. West Point discontinued the in-person sale of NYS  licenses over five years ago.

Trappers looking to purchase NYS Trapping License may do so online via the NYSDECAL System HERE, via telephone at 1 (845) 866-933-2257, at local town offices or sporting goods retailers.

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 Education Safety course from any 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.

Please note: NYS fosjomg licenses purchased online are instantly valid, hunting licenses/tags purchased online or by phone, require a wait of up to 14 business days to receive your licenses/tags by mail before going hunting. To get licenses/tags instantly, purchase them in person.


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.