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New York Hunting Seasons

We set out to create the most simplified guide to New York hunting seasons for 2021-2022.

Want to find out season dates, learn about regulations and bag limits, understand license requirements, and get access helpful links?

Then you’ll love the info outlined in today’s guide. Let’s dive right in.

New York Hunting Seasons

New York Hunting Season Dates

Looking to plan a hunt in NY? We've put together all the information about the NY hunting season.

Early bowhunting in NY state starts on September 27 in a few zones and October 23 is the first day of the regular hunting season.

New York Deer Seasons

Early Bowhunting/Bowhunting Only: September 27, 2021 - January 31, 2022

Crossbow: October 13, 2021 - November 19, 2021

Regular Firearms: October 23, 2021 - December 12, 2021

Late Bowhunting: December 6, 2021 - January 1, 2022

Muzzleloading: October 16, 2021 - January 1, 2022

New York Wild Turkey Seasons

Fall Turkey: October 1, 2021 - December 3, 2021

Spring Turkey Youth: April 23, 2022 - April 24, 2022

Spring Turkey General: May 1, 2022 - May 31, 2022

New York Small Game Seasons

Bobwhite Quail: October 1, 2021 - February 28, 2022

Rabbit: October 1, 2021 - March 21, 2021

Pheasant: October 16, 2021 - February 28, 2022

Ruffed Grouse: September 20, 2021 - February 28, 2022

Squirrel (Long Island): November 1, 2021 - February 28, 2022

Squirrel (Elsewhere): September 1, 2021 - February 2, 2022

Varying Hare: October 1, 2021 - March 20, 2022

Racoon, Fox, Skunk, Opossum, Weasel (Long Island): November 1, 2021 - February 25, 2022

Racoon, Fox, Skunk, Opossum, Weasel (Elsewhere): October 25, 2021 - February 15, 2022

Coyote: October 1, 2021 - March 27, 2022

New York Hunting Zones

See the map below for a breakdown of NY's hunting zones:

New York Bag Limits

The number of deer a hunter may take depends upon the licenses and privileges purchased. If a licensed hunter has the proper tags, they are permitted to shoot more than one deer in a day. Here is a description of the tags received with each license type. Refer to the chart below for a description of how each tag can be used.

If you purchase:

Hunting License: You will receive a Regular Season Deer Tag.

Muzzleloading or Bowhunting Privilege*-- You will receive a Bow/Mz Season Either Sex Deer Tag.

Muzzleloading and Bowhunting Privilege*-- You will receive one Bow/Mz Season Either Sex Deer Tag and one Bow/Mz Season Antlerless Deer Tag, both of which may be used in either season.

* A hunting license must be purchased to be eligible for Bowhunting and Muzzleloading Privileges.

New York Hunting License

Resident/Non-residentAgeCost
Resident16-60$22
Resident70+$5
Non-resident16+$100
Non-resident12-15$5

(Note: It is not necessary to purchase a separate bear tag when buying a hunting license. Small game and big game hunting is now included in the annual hunting license for both residents and nonresidents.)

Additional NY Hunting Privileges/Permits

PermitResident CostNonresident Fee
Bowhunting Privilege$15 (ages 16-69)
No fee (ages 70+)
$4 (ages 12-15)
$30 (ages 16+)
$4 (ages 12-15)
Muzzleloading Privilege$15 (ages 14-69)
No fee (ages 70+)
$30 (ages 14+)
Turkey Permit$10 (ages 12+)$20 (ages 12+)
Deer Management Permit$10 (ages 16+)
No fee (ages 12-15)
No fee (holders of lifetime sportsman
licenses purchased prior to
October 1, 2009)
$10 (ages 16+)
No fee (ages 12-15)
No fee (holders of lifetime sportsman
licenses purchased prior to
October 1, 2009)

Annual hunting licenses and privileges are valid from September 1 through August 31 each year.

PermitApplication Date
Fall Turkey10am Sept 14, 2021
Spring TurkeyJan 25-Feb 22, 2021
Bear Segment A10am Sept 9 - Oct 19, 2021
Bear Segment B10am Nov 1, 2021 until end of season or sold out

New York Hunting Regulations

You can hunt on Sundays in NY.

Helpful Resources

Official State Site: https://www.dec.ny.gov/index.html

FAQs
What animals can you hunt in New York?

In NY, you can hunt deer, bear, turkey, coyote, bobcat, pheasant and other small game.

When does deer hunting start in New York state?

Archery deer hunting starts as early as September 27, 2021 in NY.

When is hunting season over in New York?

New York's deer hunting season closes January 31, 2022.

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