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Regular firearm hunting season for deer and bear opens Saturday in NY Southern Zone

Deer and bear hunting seasons in New York’s Southern Zone begin this Saturday. Hunters can continue to enjoy the longer hours, youth hunts and other changes enacted last year, including requirements for blaze orange and pink to help maintain New York’s record of safe hunting.

The hunting seasons in New York’s Southern Zone run through Sunday, December 11, and include participation from approximately 85 percent of New York’s 550,000 licensed hunters. Harvest during this season accounts for nearly 60 percent of the total statewide deer harvest and a substantial part of the statewide bear harvest.

Following the regular deer and bear seasons in the Southern Zone, late bowhunting and muzzleloading seasons will run from December 12-20, and again from December 26 through January 1. Hunters in these special seasons must possess a hunting license and either bowhunting or muzzleloading privileges.

For a breakdown of New York’s hunting seasons visit DEC’s website.

Hunters are reminded that the daily hunting hours for deer and bear now include the full daylight period, beginning 30 minutes before sunrise and continuing until 30 minutes after sunset. Hunters should check sunrise and sunset times before hunting each day.

Hunters should also remember that anytime they are pursuing deer or bear with a firearm, they must now wear fluorescent orange or fluorescent pink clothing-either a hat, vest, or jacket visible in all directions. New York hunters have an excellent safety record, but this change will make hunters even safer.