All hunters must obtain a refuge hunting permit prior to scouting and hunting. Permits will be available for deer only and are $30 each. Discounted permits are available for:
- Youth Hunters (16 years of age and under) – Free
- National Parks Access Pass Holders - $17.50 per permit
- National Parks Senior Pass Holders - $17.50 per permit
Starting Friday July 10th, 2015 at 7:00pm, nine (9) permits will be available for purchase online through Kinsail Corporation at www.shawangunkpermits.com on a first-come, first-served basis. Online payment options include credit card, PayPal, and eCheck; upon completion of purchase, the permit holder may print the applicable permit(s), map(s) and regulations. Payment may also be made by check or money order mailed to Kinsail Corporation, P.O. Box 1092, McLean, Virginia 22101; in this case, the permit and applicable maps and regulations will be mailed to the permit holder upon receipt of payment. Hunters without internet access may apply via phone by contacting Kinsail directly (703-994-4194). Refuge staff can no longer issue permits as they have in the past.
The refuge is open for the following New York hunting seasons:
2015-2016 Season Information
Deer hunting on the refuge is limited to bowhunting equipment only. The refuge deer seasons are concurrent with the seasons administered by the New York State’s Department of Environmental Conservation. Hunters should consult the New York Hunting & Trapping Regulations Guide for details.