New York is Open for Hunting: October Hunting Seasons in Full Swing in Upstate New York
Opportunities on Long Island Open Up in November
Bowhunting season opened in northern New York on September 27 and the rest of upstate New York and Suffolk County on October 1. A special muzzleloader season in Northern New York opens on, followed by the regular firearms season that opens on . Firearms seasons for deer in the Southern Zone of New York will open on .
New York's second annual Youth Deer Hunt will occur in upstate New York over the Columbus Day weekend (October 12-14). During this hunt, 14 and 15-year old junior hunters may take a deer of either sex with a firearm when accompanied by a licensed and experienced adult mentor visit DEC's website for more information. New York's first Youth Deer Hunt in 2012 was a positive experience for thousands of young hunters and provided a great opportunity for families to celebrate their hunting heritage and build a new generation of deer hunters and wildlife enthusiasts.
Bear hunting season opened in the Adirondacks and the Champlain Valley on, and continues along with deer hunting seasons into early December. In portions of the Southern Zone, including the Catskills, Hudson Valley and Southern Tier, bear hunting seasons opened on October 1 and are generally the same as deer season, except for the Youth Hunt (which is for deer only).
Small Game Mammals
Many people begin their hunting experience with small game, such as squirrels, for which the season opened on, or cottontail rabbits, which opened upstate on October 1; hunting seasons for squirrels and rabbits will open on Long Island.
Coyote hunting season opened across all of upstate New York on October 1, whereas seasons for other furbearing species (raccoon, fox, bobcat, and others) generally open on, when trapping seasons open as well. The areas open for bobcat hunting and trapping were expanded this year, and a special permit is required to take bobcats in those areas. Those interested in participating in the special permit program can contact a local DEC Wildlife office.
Upland Game Birds
Hunting seasons for a variety of upland game birds, including wild turkey, pheasant, ruffed grouse and woodcock opened October 1 in most of eastern New York (excluding Long Island; and in northern New York, grouse season opened on September 20). Wild turkey and pheasant seasons open later onin western New York. A limited fall turkey hunting season on Long Island will occur from .
A special Youth Pheasant Hunt was held in eastern New York this past weekend and another will be held on October 12-13 (Pheasant stocking locations for public hunting are listed on the DEC website.- only) in western New York. On Long Island, the Youth Pheasant Hunt will be held on , followed by the regular season opening on .
September Canada goose seasons have come and gone, but waterfowl hunters have plenty of opportunities to look forward to. Duck hunting seasons are set for five different hunting zones, with the earliest beginning on October 5 in the Northeastern Zone. Youth Waterfowl Hunts were held in late September for several zones, and junior hunters in western New York will have one to look forward to on October 12-13 (- only), perhaps in combination with the Youth Pheasant Hunt in that area. Canada goose seasons will re-open in most of upstate New York on .
Mentor a New Hunter or Trapper
Adult hunters and trappers are encouraged to pass along their traditions and become a mentor for a junior hunter or trapper. The junior hunter and trapper mentoring program allows 14 and 15-year olds to hunt big game with a firearm and 12 to 15 year olds to hunt big game with a bow while accompanied and supervised by an experienced adult hunter. Unlicensed youth less than 12 years of age may also accompany and assist a licensed and experienced adult trapper. More details about these opportunities are available in this year's Hunting and Trapping Laws and Regulations Guide and on the DEC website.
All new hunters or trappers planning to go afield this upcoming hunting and trapping season mush first complete a mandatory hunter or trapper education course before they can obtain the appropriate sporting license. Training in safe handling of firearms and hunting is a legal requirement for anyone hunting in New York. Courses are free to take and are taught by DEC-certified instructors. Although primarily offered for first-time hunters or trappers, anyone is welcome to attend a sportsman education course, whether it is for a refresher or an interest of the topic. For more on basic hunting safety rules visit DEC's website.
For More Information
For general information about hunting or trapping in New York, or to get additional information about specific opportunities, visit DEC's web sit at WWW.DEC.NY.Gov.