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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.

Future Big Game Season Dates
Area Season Dates
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 January 31.
Special Firearms Season - Deer The first Sunday in January through January 31.

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.