Future Big Game Hunting Seasons
Many sportsmen like to know big game season dates well in advance so they can schedule vacation and other plans accordingly. You can calculate future season dates by using the following formulas taken from laws and regulations in effect as of the last update of this page. See our Deer and Bear Hunting Seasons page for maps and tables of current regular, bowhunting, muzzleloading seasons for white-tailed deer and black bear.
|Northern Zone||Early Bear (some WMUs)||The first Saturday after the second Monday in September through the day immediately preceding the early muzzleloading season.|
|Early Bowhunting - Bear||The first Saturday after the second Monday in September through the day immediately preceding the early muzzleloading season.|
|Early Bowhunting - Deer||September 27 through the Friday immediately preceding the regular season. (Only unfilled prior year big game tags can be used before October 1).|
|Early Muzzleloading - Deer & Bear||7 consecutive days beginning on the 1st Saturday after Columbus Day.|
|Regular - Deer & Bear||44 consecutive days beginning on the 2nd Saturday after Columbus Day.|
|Late Bow and Muzzleloading - Deer||7 consecutive days immediately following the regular season. (Only open in specific WMUs)|
|Southern Zone||Early Bear (some WMUs)||16 consecutive days beginning the first Saturday after Labor Day.|
|Early Bowhunting - Deer & Bear||October 1 through the Friday immediately preceding regular season.|
|Regular - Deer & Bear||23 days beginning the third Saturday of November.|
|Late Bow and Muzzleloading - Deer & Bear||9 consecutive days immediately following the regular season.|
|Westchester County||Regular - Deer & Bear (bowhunting only)||October 1 through December 31.|
|Suffolk County||Regular - Deer (bowhunting only)||October 1 through December 31.|
|Special Firearms Season - Deer||The first Monday following the first Saturday in January, through the last weekday in January, Monday-Friday only.|
See Rifle, Shotgun and Bow Areas for a description of the hunting implements which may be used in the early bear season and regular deer and bear seasons.