NY.gov Portal State Agency Listing Search all of NY.gov
D E C banner
D E C banner

Disclaimer

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has added a link to a translation service developed by Microsoft Inc., entitled Bing Translator, as a convenience to visitors to the DEC website who speak languages other than English.

Additional information can be found at DEC's Language Assistance Page.

Section 2.20: Hunting Small Game Mammals

Statutory authority: Environmental Conservation Law, §§ 11-0303,

[Adopted Aug. 31, 1976]

[Last amended June 12, 2013]

Contents:

Sec.

§2.20 Hunting small game mammals; opossum, weasel, skunk, black, gray and fox squirrels, raccoon, cottontail rabbit, varying hare, European hare, bobcat, red fox, gray fox and coyote.

(a) Open seasons for hunting small game mammals
(b) Shooting hours
(c) Tagging of bobcat
(d) Bag limits
(e) Falconry
(f) Possession of live animals
(g) Possession of dead animals or their parts
(h) Exceptions
(i) General provisions

(a) Open seasons for hunting small game mammals. The species listed below may be hunted or taken only in those open seasons and Wildlife Management Units (as described in section 4.1 of this Title) shown below.

(1) Raccoon, red fox, gray fox, opossum and weasel

Open Season Wildlife Management Units
November 1 to February 25 1A, 1C and 2A
October 25 to February 15 All other WMUs

(2) Coyote.

Open Season Wildlife Management Units
Closed 1A, 1C and 2A
October 1 through the last Sunday in March All other WMUs

(3) Bobcat

Open Season Wildlife Management Units
October 25 to February 15 3A, 3C, 3F, 3G, 3H, 3J, 3K, 3M, 3N, 3P, 4B, 4C, 4G, 4H, 4J, 4K, 4L, 4P, 4R, 4S, 4T, 4U, 4W, 4Y, 4Z, 5A, 5C, 5F, 5G, 5H, 5J, 5S, 5T, 6A, 6C, 6F, 6G, 6H, 6J and 6N
October 25 through the Friday before the start of the Southern Zone regular big game season 3R, 3S, 4A, 4F, 4O, 5R, 6R, 6S, 7S, 8T, 8W, 8X, 8Y, 9J, 9K, 9M, 9N, 9P, 9R, 9S, 9T, 9W, 9X and 9Y
Closed All other WMUs

(4) Skunk.

(i) Hunters may hunt skunk in the same areas and dates described for skunk trapping in Section 6.2 of this Title.

(5) Black, gray and fox squirrel.

Open Season Wildlife Management Units
November 1st through the last day of February 1A, 1C and 2A
September 1st through the last day of February in the remainder of the state.

(6) Cottontail rabbit

Open Season Wildlife Management Units
November 1st through the last day of February 1A, 1C and 2A
October 1st through the third Sunday in March 5A, 5C, 5F, 5G, 5H, 5J, 6A, 6C, 6F, 6G, 6H, 6J, 6K and 6N
October 1st through the last day of February 3A, 3C, 3F, 3G, 3H, 3J, 3K, 3M, 3N, 3P, 3R, 3S, 4A, 4B, 4C, 4F, 4G, 4H, 4J, 4K, 4L, 4O, 4P, 4R, 4S, 4T, 4U, 4W, 4Y, 4Z, 5R, 5S, 5T, 6P, 6R, 6S, 7A, 7F, 7H, 7J, 7M, 7P, 7R 7S, 8A, 8C, 8F, 8G, 8H, 8J, 8M, 8N, 8P, 8R, 8S, 8T, 8W, 8X, 8Y, 9A, 9C, 9F, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M, 9N, 9P, 9R, 9S, 9T, 9W, 9X and 9Y

(7) Varying hare.

Open Season Wildlife Management Units
October 1st through the 3rd Sunday in March 5A, 5C, 5F, 5G, 5H, 5J, 6A, 6C, 6F, 6G, 6H, 6J, 6K and 6N
January 1 through January 31 8M, 8N, 8P, 8R, 8S, 8T, 8W, 8X, 8Y, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M, 9N, 9P, 9R, 9S, 9T, 9W, 9X and 9Y
The day after the Southern Zone regular deer season through the last day in February. 3A, 3C, 3F, 3G, 3H, 3J, 3K, 3M, 3N, 3P, 4A, 4B, 4C, 4F, 4G, 4H, 4J, 4K, 4L, 4O, 4P, 4R, 4S, 4T, 4U, 4W, 4Y, 4Z, 5R, 5S, 5T, 6P, 6R, 6S, 7A, 7F, 7H, 7J, 7M, 7P, 7R and 7S
Closed All other WMUs

(8) European hare

Open Season Wildlife Management Units
any time of year all Wildlife Management Units

(b) Shooting hours. No person shall hunt or take opossum, weasel, black, gray or fox squirrel, raccoon, cottontail rabbit, varying hare, European hare, bobcat, red fox, gray fox or coyote except from sunrise to sunset; provided, however, that after sunrise on the opening day of each respective season, bobcat, raccoon, skunk, red fox, gray fox, opossum and coyote may be taken at any time of day or night.

(c) Bobcat permit.

(1) No person shall hunt bobcat in Wildlife Management Units 3R, 3S, 4A, 4F, 4O, 5R, 6R, 6S, 7S, 8T, 8W, 8X, 8Y, 9J, 9K, 9M, 9N, 9P, 9R, 9S, 9T, 9W, 9X or 9Y unless the person holds a revocable special permit for bobcat issued by the department.

(2) Requirements and procedures for obtaining a bobcat permit will be described in the department's annual hunting and trapping syllabus and on the department's website.

(3) The holder of a bobcat permit must comply with all conditions stated on the permit.

(d) Tagging of bobcat.

(1) A person taking a bobcat must comply with the regulations pertaining to the tagging and sealing of this species given in section 6.3 of this Title.

(2) To legally possess or transport the unskinned carcass or unprocessed pelt of a bobcat which was taken outside New York State, a person must comply with section 6.3 of this Title.

(e) Bag limits.

(1) Black, gray and fox squirrels. No person shall take in any one day more than six squirrels in the aggregate.

(2) Raccoon, opossum and weasel. A person may take raccoon, opossum and weasel in any number.

(3) Cottontail rabbit. No person shall take in any one day more than six cottontail rabbits.

(4) Varying hare. No person may take in any one day more than:

(i) six varying hare in Wildlife Management Unit 5A, 5C, 5F, 5G, 5H, 5J, 6A, 6C, 6F, 6G, 6H, 6J, 6K and 6N as described in section 4.1 of this Title;

(ii) two varying hare in Wildlife Management Units 3A, 3C, 3F, 3G, 3H, 3J, 3K, 3M, 3N, 3P, 4A, 4B, 4C, 4F, 4G, 4H, 4J, 4K, 4L, 4O, 4P, 4R, 4S, 4T, 4U, 4W, 4Y, 4Z, 5R, 5S, 5T, 6P, 6R, 6S, 7A, 7H, 7J, 7M, 7P, 7R, 7S, 8M, 8N, 8P, 8R, 8S, 8T, 8W, 8X, 8Y, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M, 9N, 9R, 9S, 9T, 9W, 9X, and 9Y as described in section 4.1 of this Title.

(5) European hare. A person may take European hare in any number.

(6) Bobcat. A person may take bobcat in any number.

(7) Red fox, gray fox and coyote. A person may take red fox, gray fox and coyote in any number.

(f) Falconry.

(1) Black, gray and fox squirrels, cottontail rabbit, varying hare and European hare may be taken during their respective open seasons by the use of raptors pursuant to the provisions of Part 173 of this Title.

(2) Cottontail rabbit may be taken statewide from March 1st through March 31st by the use of raptors pursuant to the provisions of Part 173 of this Title.

(g) Possession of live animals.

(1) No person shall possess any live black, gray or fox squirrel, raccoon, cottontail rabbit, varying hare, European hare, bobcat, red fox, gray fox, skunk, coyote, opossum or weasel other than pursuant to applicable provisions of the Environmental Conservation Law and rules and regulations adopted pursuant thereto.

(2) No person shall transport, sell or otherwise transfer any live black, gray or fox squirrel, raccoon, cottontail rabbit, varying hare, European hare, bobcat, red fox, gray fox, skunk, coyote, opossum or weasel which they have legally taken unless the person purchasing or receiving such live black, gray or fox squirrel, raccoon, cottontail rabbit, varying hare, European hare, bobcat, red fox, gray fox, skunk, coyote, opossum or weasel possesses a valid special license issued by the department permitting such possession.

(h) Possession of dead animals or their parts. The carcasses, flesh, head, hide, feet, fur or parts thereof of fox, raccoon, skunk, opossum and weasel legally taken may be possessed, transported and bought and sold without restriction.

(i) Exceptions. The provisions of this section shall not apply to the taking of black, gray or fox squirrel, raccoon, cottontail rabbit, varying hare, European hare, bobcat, red fox, gray fox, skunk, coyote, opossum or weasel taken pursuant to the provisions of section 11-0523 or 11-1103 of the Environmental Conservation Law.

(j) General provisions. The general provisions of the Environmental Conservation Law shall be applicable to black, gray and fox squirrels, raccoon, cottontail rabbit, varying hare, European hare, bobcat, red fox, gray fox, coyote, skunk, opossum and weasel taken pursuant to this section.