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.
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.
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
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
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
See the map below for a breakdown of NY's hunting zones:
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.
(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
Annual hunting licenses and privileges are valid from September 1 through August 31 each year.
You can hunt on Sundays in NY.
Official State Site: https://www.dec.ny.gov/index.html
In NY, you can hunt deer, bear, turkey, coyote, bobcat, pheasant and other small game.
Archery deer hunting starts as early as September 27, 2021 in NY.
New York's deer hunting season closes January 31, 2022.