New York Hunting Seasons Dates (Updated)

Welcome to the New York Hunting Seasons page. Updated US Hunting Seasons for 2021-2022.

As part of our comprehensive guide to US Hunting Seasons By State on this page you will find out “When Is Hunting Season?” for New York

There is also general information on the different hunting seasons for a wide range of wild game species. You will find links to the relevant State Authority so you can make sure you have all the correct legal obligations in place before you start your hunt.

New York Hunting Seasons Dates

The New York hunting season website describes the hunting in this State as follows:

“Hunting is among the most popular forms of wildlife recreation in New York State. Nearly 700,000 New Yorkers and over 50,000 nonresidents hunt in the Empire State. New York offers many exciting opportunities to hunt a large variety of wildlife, including big game, small game, game birds and furbearers.”

IMPORTANT. All care has been taking in preparing this hunting season information for you. Please check the relevant State Authority’s Website for further information and any changes to current US Hunting Season Regulations. We have provided a link to each States hunting season website for your convenience.

New York Deer Hunting Season

The New York Department of Environmental Conservation makes the following comments about Deer hunting during the hunting season.

“Deer hunting is one of the most popular sporting opportunities in New York State. Properly controlled deer hunting is an important tool in managing deer populations; striking a balance in wildlife and habitat resources. Deer populations have been on the upswing since the turn of the 20th century through carefully monitored hunting regulations and improved habitat.”

Hunting CategoryHunting Season 2021-2022*
FirearmsSept 27 – Jan 31
MuzzleloadersOct 19 -Dec 17
Bow and CrossbowSept 27 – Jan 31

* Season dates may vary by zone. Please check the relevant State Authority Website.

New York Turkey Hunting Season

The New York Department of Environmental Conservation makes the following comments about Turkey hunting during the hunting season.

“New York State has both spring and fall hunting seasons. The most successful turkey hunters use a variety of calls (e.g., box calls, slate calls, mouth calls) to bring a bird within gun range (usually 30 yards or less). Head-to-toe camouflage helps hunters to stay undetected prior to the shot.”

Hunting CategoryHunting Season 2021-2022*
SpringMay 1-31
FallOct 1 – Nov 29
Spring (Youth)Apr 25-26

* Season dates may vary by zone. Please check the relevant State Authority Website.

New York Small Game Hunting Season

Hunting CategoryHunting Season 2021-2022*
CoyoteOct 1 – Mar 31
Fox / RaccoonNov 1-Feb 25
RabbitOct 1 – Mar 15
SquirrelSept 1 – Feb 29
HareOct 1 – Feb 29
BobcatOct 25-Feb 15

* Season dates may vary by zone. Please check the relevant State Authority Website.

New York Game Bird Hunting Season

Hunting CategoryHunting Season 2021-2022*
DucksOct 5 – Dec 8
PheasantsOct 19-Feb 29
QuailOct 1 – dec 31
Rufffed GrouseSept 20-Feb 29
Canada GeeseSept 1 – Dec 29
Snow GeeseOct 1 – Apr 15

* Season dates may vary by zone. Please check the relevant State Authority Website.

New York Black Bear Hunting Season

The New York Department of Environmental Conservation makes the following comments about Black Bear hunting during the hunting season.

“New York State has between 6,000 to 7,000 black bears in the wild. In recent years, black bear numbers have increased and bear populations have become more widely distributed across the state.

Hunting is the primary management tool to control the bear population, and bear hunting is permitted in the fall throughout portions of northern, southeastern, and central-western New York.”

Hunting CategoryHunting Season 2021-2022*
Early SeasonSept 7-Oct 18
FirearmsOct 26-Dec 8
Firearms (Youth)Oct 12-14
MuzzleloadersOct 19-Dec 17
BowSept 14-Dec 17

* Season dates may vary by zone. Please check the relevant State Authority Website.

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