What Species, and When, Are Allowed to Be Hunted During Designated Hunting Seasons in NY?


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New York offers a variety of game for hunters including deer, black bear, turkey, waterfowl, game birds, and small game. The most current information on hunting seasons in New York can be found on the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation website.

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The times of year these animals are available to be harvested depends on the particular season for each group of animal. For example, one of the most popular large game animals to hunt in New York is the white-tailed deer. These animals can be pursued during regular and archery seasons, as well as the muzzleloader seasons. Archery seasons begin as early as September and can last through the end of January. Hunting during these seasons is dependent upon the geographical zone, bag limits, antler length of the deer, and the type of weapon being used. Muzzleloader season can begin in October or December and only lasts a few days.

The best way to know for sure what species of game are available to hunt is to visit www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor. This website provided by the state of New York summarizes each of the seasons available to hunters, as well as hunting regulations, places to hunt and hunter education information.

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