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2019 Hunting Seasons in the Adirondacks

With so many species of animals available to hunt in the Adirondacks, there is almost always an open season! Hunters must have proper permits, and be within their season to take game in New York State.

New York State hunting seasons are categorized by hunting zones. The majority of the Adirondack Park is located in the Northern Zone, and regulations for the Northern Zone are shown below. More information on different hunting zones and hunting seasons »

White-tailed Deer

white-tailed deer with autumn leaves

Early Bowhunting Season: September 27 - October 25
Crossbow Season: October 16 - October 25
Youth Hunt: October 12 - 14
Muzzleloader Season: October 19 - October 25 (also December 9 - December 15 in some areas)
Regular Season: October 26 - December 8
Late Bowhunting Season: December 9 - December 15

Hunting Hours: Sunrise - Sunset

Black Bear

black bear with background of trees

Early Bear Season: September 14 - October 18
Bowhunting Season: September 14 - October 25
Crossbow Season: October 16 - October 25
Muzzleloader Season: October 19 - October 25
Regular Season: October 26 - December 8

Hunting Hours: Sunrise - Sunset

Wild Turkey

two turkeys close-up

Fall Season: October 1 - 14, one bird per season, either sex
Spring Season: May 1 - 31, two bearded birds per season, one per day.
Youth Hunt: April 25 - 26 (2020), one bearded bird.

For both seasons, you must report taking a turkey. Call 1-866-GAME-RPT within 7 days to report.

Hunting Hours: Sunrise - Sunset

Waterfowl

duck swimming in the lake

Ducks, Coots & Mergansers Season: October 5 through October 27 and November 2 through December 8 - daily limit 6 ducks, 15 coot
Snow Goose Season: October 1 through April 15 - daily limit 25
Brant Season: October 5 through November 3 - daily limit 2
Canada Goose Season: September 1 through September 25 - daily limit 15, October 26 through November 15 - daily limit 2, November 23 through December 1, daily limit 2
Youth Days: September 21 and 22

Shooting Hours: 1/2 hour before Sunrise - Sunset in all hunting zones

Migratory Game Birds

crow flying above the grass

American Woodcock Season: October 1 through November 14 - daily limit 3
Crow Season: September 1 through March 31 (Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays only)
Snipe, Rail and Gallinule Season: September 1 through November 9 - daily limit 8

Shooting Hours: Sunrise - Sunset

Small Game

hare looking out over tall grass

Grouse Season: September 20 through February 29 - daily bag limit 4
Pheasant Season: October 1 through February 29 - daily bag limit 2
Youth Pheasant Hunt: September 28 & 29 - daily bag limit 2
*Squirrel Season: September 1 through February 29 - daily bag limit 6
Cottontail Rabbit & Hare Season: October 1 through March 15 - bag limit 6
**Frog Season: June 15 through September 30 - any time of day or night
Snapping Turtle Season: July 15 through September 30 - daily limit 5 / season 30 - any time of day or night

Shooting Hours: Sunrise - Sunset

*Red Squirrels are unprotected and may be hunted at any time without limit.
**A fishing or hunting license is required to take frogs with a spear, club, hook, or by hand. A hunting license is required to take frogs with a gun or bow.

Furbearers

A red fox in the Adirondacks

Bobcat Season: October 25 through February 15
Coyote Season: October 1 through March 31
Raccoon, Red Fox, Gray Fox, Skunk, Opossum & Weasel Season: October 25 through February 15

Shooting Hours: After sunrise on opening day - any hour, day or night until season closes.

Game Species in the Adirondacks »

Hunting License Information »

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