New York Hunting Seasons, 2016-2017


There’s more to New York than just the Big Apple. New York hunting seasons offer deer, black bear, wild turkey and small game bagging opportunities for both resident and nonresident hunters.

New York offers hunting licenses can be purchased online, but nonresidents must provide proof of hunter education or a previous hunting license and proof of identity.  Junior firearms and bow hunting permits are also available for resident and nonresident youth.

Hunters can report their harvests online or over the phone. Hunters can also scope out designated public and private hunting lands through the state conservation website.

New York implements hunting zones for take method, and many zones have differing season start and end dates. Be sure to know which zones and dates are applicable to your firearm before heading out into the woods.

 

Deer Seasons

Archery & Crossbow Sept. 27-Dec. 20*
Regular Firearms Oct. 1-Jan. 31*
Muzzleloading Oct. 15-Dec. 20*
Special Firearms For Suffolk County only, Jan. 1-31; special permit required

*Start and end dates vary by region. New York State has multiple zones with various dates. For specific dates within your region, visit the New York Department of Environmental Conservation website.


Black Bear Seasons

Early Season (Northern Zone) Sept. 17-Oct. 14*
(Southern Zone) Sept. 10-25*
Archery and Crossbow Sept. 17-Dec. 20*
Regular Firearms (Northern Zone) Oct. 22-Dec. 4
(Southern Zone) Nov. 19-Dec. 11
Muzzleloading (Northern Zone) Oct. 15-21
(Southern Zone) Dec. 12-20

*Start and end dates vary by region. New York State has multiple zones with dates can even vary within the zone based on area, or by take method. For specific dates within your region, visit the New York Department of Environmental Conservation website.

Wild Turkey Seasons

Fall Turkey Oct. 1-Dec. 2*
Spring Turkey May 1-31
Spring Youth Turkey Apr. 22-23

*Start and end dates vary by region. For specific dates within your region, visit the New York Department of Environmental Conservation website.


Small Game Seasons

Bobwhite Quail Oct. 1-Feb. 28*
Cottontail Rabbit Oct. 1-Mar. 16*
Pheasant Oct. 15-Feb. 28*
Ruffed Grouse Sept. 20-Feb. 28*
Squirrel Sept. 1-Feb. 28*
Hare Oct. 1-Mar. 19*

*Start and end dates vary by region. For specific dates within your region, visit the New York Department of Environmental Conservation website.
Bag limits, special seasons and hunting regulations for New York hunting seasons vary based on animal and seasons. For more information on obtaining licenses, permits and regulations, visit the New York Department of Environmental Conservation website.