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Section 1.11: Deer Hunting Seasons

Statutory authority: Environmental Conservation Law, §§ 11-0303, 11-0903, 11-0907, 11-0911, 11-0913, 11-0929 and 11-0931

[Last Amended: August 27, 2014]

Contents:

Sec.

§1.11 Deer Hunting Seasons

(a) Seasons.

(1) Northern Zone

Season Season Dates
Youth Firearms 3 consecutive days beginning on the Saturday of Columbus Day weekend
Regular 44 consecutive days beginning on the 2nd Saturday after Columbus Day
Bowhunting Early Season: September 27 through the Friday immediately preceding the regular season
Late Season: seven consecutive days immediately following the regular season in the areas open for late muzzleloader season as listed in paragraph (d)(6) of this section
Muzzleloader Early Season: seven consecutive days beginning on the 1st Saturday after Columbus Day
Late Season: seven consecutive days immediately following the regular season in the open areas listed in paragraph (d)(6) of this section

(2) Southern Zone

Season Season Dates
Youth Firearms 3 consecutive days beginning on the Saturday of Columbus Day weekend
Regular 23 days beginning on the 3rd Saturday in November
Bowhunting Early Season: October 1 through the Friday immediately preceding regular season
Late Season: nine days immediately following the regular season
Muzzleloader Early Season: closed
Late Season: nine consecutive days immediately following the regular season

(3) Westchester County and Suffolk County

Season Season Dates
Regular October 1 through December 31

(b) Valid Tags.

Season Area Valid Tags (as described in Section 1.18)
Youth Firearms Northern Zone and Southern Zone Regular season deer tags, Deer Management Permits, and Deer Management Assistance Program tags. Junior hunters may take any deer on a regular season tag.
Regular Northern Zone and Southern Zone Regular season deer tags, Deer Management Permits, Deer Management Assistance Program tags. For junior bowhunters only, bow/mz either-sex tags may be used when hunting with a bow.
Westchester County and Suffolk County Regular season deer tags, Deer Management Permits, Deer Management Assistance Program tags, bow/mz either-sex tags, and bow/mz antlerless-only tags. Any deer may be taken on a regular season tag.
Early Bowhunting Northern Zone and Southern Zone Bow/mz either-sex tags, bow/mz antlerless-only tags, Deer Management Permits, Deer Management Assistance Program tags.
Late Bowhunting Northern Zone and Southern Zone Any unfilled tag for the current license year; any deer may be taken on a regular season tag.
Early Muzzleloader Northern Zone Bow/mz either-sex tags, bow/mz antlerless-only tags, Deer Management Permits, Deer Management Assistance Program tags.
Late Muzzleloader Northern Zone and Southern Zone Any unfilled tag for the current license year; any deer may be taken on a regular season tag.

(c) License requirements.

(1) Any person who hunts or takes deer during a bowhunting, muzzleloading or regular season must possess, on his or her person, a license and carcass tag valid to hunt deer during that particular season.

(d) Other requirements.

(1) During the regular season in Westchester and Suffolk Counties, white-tailed deer may only be taken by longbow.

(2) During all seasons in Wildlife Management Units 4J and 8C, white-tailed deer may only be taken by longbow.

(3) During the youth firearms season, junior bowhunters, hunting pursuant to a junior bowhunting license, may only take deer by longbow. Junior hunters, hunting pursuant to a junior hunting license, may take deer with a firearm.

(4) During the youth firearms season, junior hunters may take only one deer, of either sex, by use of a firearm.

(5) Any youth participating in the youth firearms season shall be accompanied by an adult as required by Environmental Conservation Law §11-0929. An adult who is accompanying a junior hunter during the youth firearms season, may not possess a firearm, longbow or crossbow and shall not be actively engaged in any other hunting.

(6) It is unlawful for any person to hunt or take a deer during the muzzleloading deer season except with a muzzleloading firearm capable of being loaded with only one charge or a crossbow.

(7) During the Northern Zone muzzleloading season, the types of deer that may be legally harvested, the open Wildlife Management Units (WMUs) as described in section 4.1 of this Part are as set forth below.

Season Open WMUs for harvest of deer of either sex Open WMUs for harvest only of antlerless deer or deer having both antlers less than three inches in length Open WMUs for harvest of antlered deer only
Early Muzzleloader 5A, 5C, 5F, 5G, 5H, 5J, 6A, 6C, 6F, 6G, 6H, 6J, 6K 6N
Late Muzzleloader 5A, 5G, 5J, 6A, 6C, 6G, 6H