DEC Announces Nov. 20 Start for Regular Firearms Season for Deer and Bear Hunting in New York's Southern Zone

The Southern Zone regular hunting season, which runs until Dec. 12, is New York’s most popular hunting season, and approximately 85 percent of New York’s 550,000 licensed hunters participate. Harvest during this season accounts for nearly 60 percent of the total statewide deer harvest and 30-60 percent of the statewide bear harvest.

Following the regular deer and bear seasons in the Southern Zone, late bowhunting and muzzleloading seasons run from Dec. 13 through Dec. 21, and again from Dec. 26 to Jan. 1, the latter of which is an extension from past years. Hunters taking part in these special seasons must possess a hunting license and either bowhunting or muzzleloading privileges.