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Deer and Bear Hunting

Hunting Deer in New York

Columbia County buck 2008

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 upswing since the turn of the 20th century through carefully monitored hunting regulations and improved habitat. Some deer hunting related topics, 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.

Learn about how you can prevent the reintroduction of Chronic Wasting Disease into New York. Part of reducing the risk is preventing the movement of whole deer carcasses across state borders. Process your deer locally before transporting it out of or into New York State. View a list of local deer processors and taxidermists for this purpose (PDF) (188 kB).

Hunting Bear in New York

The cover of Hunting the Black Bear in New York booklet

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) (763 kB).

image of Joshua Shafer with his first deer taken in Columbia County, 2010
Joshua Shafer, 1st Deer
Columbia County, 2010

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Share and view photos of junior hunters or others who have taken their first white-tailed deer or black bear in New York in our Big Game Photo Gallery. Read our Contributor's Guide for instructions on submitting photos.

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