The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced that a written examination for individuals interested in obtaining a license to use leashed tracking dogs to find wounded or injured big game animals is scheduled for Friday, August 28, 2009, from 10 a.m. until noon at designated DEC regional offices. All applicants for this exam must register before August 21.
Before this exam was first offered in 1990, DEC conducted experimental testing with a small group of leashed tracking dog handlers. Now there are approximately 160 licensed handlers in the State. The leashed tracking dog license is valid for five years.
For further information or to apply to take the exam, please contact:
NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
Special Licenses Unit
Albany, NY 12233-4752
Eligible applicants will be sent a letter of confirmation and a list of exam sites. The application fee is $25, which is non-refundable. In addition, the license fee is $50, payable at the same time as the application fee. If an applicant fails the exam, the $50 license fee is refunded.
Deer Search conducts seminars preparing for the DEC tests.