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Legally Defined Areas for Big Game Hunting

Northern - Southern Zone Line:

A line separating the Northern and Southern Zone portions of New York State described as follows: a line commencing at a point at the north shore of the Salmon river and its junction with Lake Ontario and extending easterly along the north shore of that river to the village of Pulaski, thence southerly along Route 11 to its intersection with Route 49 in the village of Central Square, thence easterly along Route 49 to its junction with Route 365 in the city of Rome, thence easterly along Route 365 to its junction with Route 28 in the village of Trenton, thence easterly along Route 28 to its junction with Route 29 in the village of Middleville, thence easterly along Route 29 to its junction with Route 4, thence northerly along Route 4 to its junction with Route 22, thence northerly and westerly along Route 22 to the eastern shore of South Bay on Lake Champlain in the village of Whitehall, thence northerly along the eastern shore of South Bay to the New York-Vermont boundary.

Eastern Region:

All of the Southern Zone east of a line extending along the Susquehanna River from the PA-NY State boundary to the Unadilla River, along the Unadilla River to the Herkimer-Otsego Co. boundary, and along the Herkimer-Otsego Co. boundary and the Oneida-Herkimer Co. boundary to the Northern Zone line.

Southern Tier, Central and Western Region:

Westerly of the line formed by the Susquehanna River from its intersection with the NY-PA State boundary to its confluence with the Unadilla River, by the Unadilla River to its intersection with the Herkimer-Otsego Co. boundary, by the Otsego-Herkimer Co. boundary and by the Onedia-Herkimer Co. boundary to the Northern Zone line.

Catskill Region:

Greene, Sullivan and Ulster Co.; Broome and Chenango Co. east of the Susquehanna River; Delaware, Otsego and Schoharie Co. south of the line extending along mainline D&H R.R. tracks from Chenango Co. line to Richmondville, then along Rt. 10 to Stamford, then along Rt. 23 to Schoharie Co. Rt. 14 to Rt. 30, then north along Rt. 30 to Rt. 990V and east along Rt. 990V to Schoharie Co. Rt. 3 to Albany Co. line.

Closed Areas:

The following closed areas are specific portions of the state where the taking of deer and bear is prohibited by the Environmental Conservation Law. This section does not include areas covered by town laws, local ordinances or posting by landowners.

Albany County-Area around Alcove Reservoir: bounded by Albany County Rt. 111 from Rt. 143 to Albany-Greene County line to Albany County Rt. 411 to Rt. 143 to point of beginning. Closed except to landowners and lessees of lands in the area actually occupying and cultivating such lands.

Erie County-Area around Buffalo: bounded by Tonawanda Creek from East Branch Niagara River to Rt. 78 to Greiner Rd. to Rt. 268 to Rt. 5 to Ransom Rd. to Rt. 33 to Rt. 78 to Rt. 20 to Rt. 20A to Lake Erie.

Herkimer County-Area along Big Moose Lake: bounded by Judson Rd. from Herkimer-Hamilton County line to Higby Rd. to Big Moose Rd. to Martin Rd. and along it to its eastern end and then to the lake shore and back (starting westerly) along the shore to Herkimer-Hamilton County line and along it to Judson Rd.

Herkimer and Hamilton Counties-Area bounded by Rt. 28 from Old Forge to Inlet and by South Shore Rd. from Inlet to Old Forge.

Nassau County-All of Nassau County.

New York City-All of the city.

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