Deer and Bear Hunting
Hunting Deer in New York
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 upswings since the turn of the 20th century through carefully monitored hunting regulations and improved habitat. Some deer hunting related topic, precautions, programs and data are provided on this page for your reference. More information about deer and deer management can be found on our White-tailed Deer page
Hunting Bear in New York
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. More information about bears and bear management can be found on our Black Bear page.
Bear hunters may also be interested to read the booklet, Hunting the Black Bear in New York (PDF) (959 kB).
Joshua Shafer, 1st Deer
Columbia County, 2010
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More about Deer and Bear Hunting:
- Deer and Bear Hunting Seasons - Maps and Tables displaying the hunting seasons for white-tailed deer and black bear in New York.
- Deer and Bear Hunting Regulations - Information and links to big game hunting regulations
- Deer Management Permits (DMPs) - Deer Management Permits (DMP) application deadline and information about DMPs.
- Junior Hunter Mentoring Program - This page describes the big game hunting opportunities for junior hunters.
- Deer Management Focus Areas - This program uses intensified hunting to assist communities with the burden of overabundant deer populations. Hunters may obtain information about the program and register to participate from this page.
- Deer Hunting Season Forecasts - What to expect for deer hunting this season.
- Antler Restrictions in New York - Antler restrictions are one method of reducing harvest of young bucks. This page provides results of DEC's antler restriction program, recommendations for voluntary yearling buck protection programs, and a description of what hunters should expect from antler restrictions.
- Deer and Bear Harvests - This page contains links to recent white-tailed deer and black bear harvest reports.
- Public Input and Surveys on Deer and Bear Hunting - Results of surveys of deer and bear hunters' opinions about important issues, hunting participation, and trends in characteristics of hunters.
- Venison Donation Program - Information about programs that promote the donation of venison to feed the hungry
- Ammunition: Non-lead or Lead? - This page provides information for hunters and meat processors about lead fragments in hunter-harvested venison and gives tips for reducing potential lead exposure.