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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 formulas below.

See our Deer and Bear Hunting Seasons page for maps and tables of current regular, bowhunting, and muzzleloading seasons for white-tailed deer and black bear.

Future Big Game Season Dates
Northern Zone Bear Adirondacks
(WMUs 5A, 5C, 5F, 5G, 5H, 5J, 6C, 6F, 6H, and 6J)
Regular
1st Saturday after the 2nd Monday in September through the Sunday immediately following the 1st Saturday in December
Western Periphery
(WMUs 6A, 6G, 6K, 6N)
Early Bowhunting
The first Saturday after the second Monday in September through the Friday immediately preceding the regular season (crossbows can be used during the last 10 days of this season).
Early Muzzleloading
7 consecutive days beginning on the 1st Saturday after Columbus Day.
Regular
2nd Saturday after Columbus Day through the Sunday immediately following the 1st Saturday in December.
Deer Early Bowhunting
September 27 through the Friday immediately preceding the regular season (crossbows can be used during the last 10 days of this season).
Early Muzzleloading
7 consecutive days beginning on the 1st Saturday after Columbus Day.
Regular
44 consecutive days beginning on the second Saturday after Columbus Day.
Late Bow and Muzzleloading(some WMUs)
7 consecutive days immediately following the regular season.
Southern Zone Bear Early Firearms (some WMUs)
16 consecutive days beginning the first Saturday after Labor Day
Early Bowhunting
October 1 through the Friday immediately preceding the regular season (crossbows can be used during the last 14 days of this season).
Regular
23 consecutive days beginning the third Saturday in November.
Late Bow and Muzzleloading
9 consecutive days immediately following the regular season.
Deer Early Antlerless (some WMUs)
9 consecutive days beginning the 2nd Saturday of September
Early Bowhunting
October 1 through the Friday immediately preceding the regular season (crossbows can be used during the last 14 days of this season).
Regular
23 consecutive days beginning the third Saturday in November.
Late Bow and Muzzleloading
9 consecutive days immediately following the regular season and December 26 through January 1.
Northern & Southern Zone Deer & Bear Youth (ages 12-15)
3 consecutive days beginning on the Saturday of Columbus Day Weekend
Westchester County Deer & Bear Regular (bowhunting only)
October 1 through December 31
Suffolk County Deer Regular (bowhunting only)
October 1 through December 31
Special Firearms Season
The first Sunday in January through Jan 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.