What are the Hunting Seasons in Hudson Valley NY?

Hunting Seasons

If you are a hunter or want to become one, you might be wondering what are the hunting seasons in Hudson Valley NY. Hunting is a popular activity in this region, which offers diverse wildlife and scenic landscapes. Whether you are looking for deer, bear, turkey, or small game, you can find a season that suits your interests and skills. Here is a brief overview of the hunting seasons in Hudson Valley NY for 2023-2024.

Deer and Bear Hunting Seasons

Deer and bear are the most sought-after game animals in Hudson Valley NY, and there are several seasons and hunting methods available for them. The deer and bear hunting seasons are divided into two zones: the Northern Zone and the Southern Zone. The Southern Zone includes most of the Hudson Valley and the Catskills, while the Northern Zone covers the Adirondacks and some parts of the Hudson Valley.

The Southern Zone has an early antlerless season from Sept. 9-17, where hunters can use firearms, crossbows, and bows to harvest antlerless deer only in certain wildlife management units (WMUs). This season is designed to reduce the deer population and prevent crop damage. The early bowhunting season runs from Oct. 1-Nov. 17, where hunters can use bows to harvest deer and bear of either sex. The crossbow season is from Nov. 4-Nov. 17, where hunters can use crossbows to harvest deer and bear of either sex, except in WMUs 4J and 8C, which are bowhunting only. The regular season is from Nov. 18-Dec. 10, where hunters can use firearms, crossbows, and bows to harvest deer and bear of either sex. The muzzleloading season is from Dec. 11-Dec. 19, where hunters can use muzzleloaders, crossbows, and bows to harvest deer and bear of either sex, except in WMUs 4J and 8C, which are bowhunting only. The holiday deer hunt is an extension of the late bowhunting and muzzleloading season from Dec. 26-Jan. 1, where hunters can use muzzleloaders, crossbows, and bows to harvest antlerless deer only in the Southern Zone.

The Northern Zone has an early bowhunting season from Sept. 27-Oct. 20, where hunters can use bows to harvest deer and bear of either sex. The regular season is from Oct. 21-Dec. 3, where hunters can use firearms, crossbows, and bows to harvest deer and bear of either sex. The muzzleloading season is from Oct. 14-Oct. 20 and Dec. 4-Dec. 10, where hunters can use muzzleloaders, crossbows, and bows to harvest deer and bear of either sex.

There are some special rules and regulations for deer and bear hunting in Hudson Valley NY, such as antler restrictions, junior hunting opportunities, tagging requirements, reporting requirements, carcass importation rules, etc. You can find more details on the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) website CLICK HERE

Turkey Hunting Seasons

Turkey hunting is another popular activity in Hudson Valley NY, especially in the spring when the birds are mating and gobbling. There are both spring and fall turkey hunting seasons in New York State, as well as a youth turkey hunt for junior hunters aged 12-15.

The spring turkey season is open in all of upstate New York (north of the Bronx) from May 1-May 31, where hunters can use shotguns or bows to harvest one bearded turkey per day and two per season. The hunting hours are from half an hour before sunrise to noon. The youth turkey hunt is on April 22-April 23, where junior hunters can hunt with a licensed adult mentor who cannot carry a firearm or bow.

The fall turkey season is divided into six zones: A (Oct. 1-Oct. 14), B (Oct. 15-Oct.28), C (Oct.29-Nov.11), D (Nov.12-Nov.25), E (Nov.26-Dec.9), F (Dec.10-Dec-23). Hunters can use shotguns or bows to harvest one bird of either sex per day and two per season in zones A-D, or one bird of either sex per day and one per season in zones E-F. The hunting hours are from sunrise to sunset.

There are some special rules and regulations for turkey hunting in Hudson Valley NY, such as tagging requirements, reporting requirements, safety precautions, etc. You can find more details on the DEC website CLICK HERE

Small Game Seasons
Small game includes upland game birds such as grouse, pheasants and quail, small game mammals such as squirrels, rabbits and hare, as well as some frogs and turtles. Small game hunting is a great way to enjoy the outdoors and practice your skills.

The small game seasons vary depending on the species and the zone. For example, the grouse season is from Sept. 20-Feb. 28 in the Northern Zone and from Oct. 1-Feb. 28 in the Southern Zone, where hunters can use shotguns or bows to harvest two birds per day and four in possession. The pheasant season is from Oct. 1-Feb. 28 in most of the state, where hunters can use shotguns or bows to harvest two male birds per day and four in possession. The squirrel season is from Sept. 1-Feb. 28 in most of the state, where hunters can use shotguns, rifles, or bows to harvest six squirrels per day and 12 in possession.

There are some special rules and regulations for small game hunting in Hudson Valley NY, such as bag limits, tagging requirements, reporting requirements, etc. You can find more details on the DEC website CLICK HERE

Furbearer Seasons
Furbearers are mammals that are hunted or trapped for their fur, such as bobcat, coyote, fox, raccoon, opossum, and weasel. Furbearer hunting is a challenging and rewarding activity that requires skill and patience.

To hunt furbearers, you need to possess a resident or non-resident hunting license. To trap furbearers, you need to obtain a separate trapping license. The furbearer seasons vary depending on the species and the zone. For example, the bobcat season is from Oct. 25-Feb. 15 in certain WMUs in the Catskills and Hudson Valley regions, where hunters can use firearms or bows to harvest one bobcat per season with a special permit. The coyote season is from Oct. 1-Mar. 31 in most of the state, where hunters can use firearms or bows to harvest unlimited coyotes.

There are some special rules and regulations for furbearer hunting in Hudson Valley NY, such as bag limits, tagging requirements, reporting requirements, carcass disposal rules, etc. You can find more details on the DEC website CLICK HERE

Conclusion
Hunting is a fun and exciting way to enjoy nature and wildlife in Hudson Valley NY. There are many hunting seasons and opportunities for different game animals and hunting methods. However, hunting also comes with responsibilities and regulations that hunters must follow to ensure safety, ethics, and conservation. Before you go hunting in Hudson Valley NY, make sure you have the proper license, permits, tags, equipment, and knowledge of the hunting seasons and rules. You can find more information on the DEC website CLICK HERE

Happy hunting!