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Deer and Bear Hunting

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Hunting Deer in New York

Deer hunting is one of the most popular sporting opportunities in New York State. Well-controlled deer hunting is critical in managing deer populations; striking a balance in wildlife and habitat resources. Populations have increased since the turn of the 20th century through monitored hunting regulations and improved habitat. Hunting-related topics, precautions, programs, and data are provided on this page. Information about deer and deer management can be found on our White-tailed Deer page.

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Hunting Bear in New York

New York has between 6,000 to 7,000 black bears in the wild. In recent years, numbers have increased and become more widely distributed across the state. Hunting is the primary management tool to control the bear population. 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).

Find a Deer and Bear Processor or Taxidermist in New York State (PDF).

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Big Game Photo Gallery

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.


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