Regular Firearms Season for Deer and Bear Hunting in the Southern Zone Begins November 16 November 12, 2013 New York

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Regular Firearms Season for Deer and Bear Hunting in the Southern Zone Begins November 16November 12, 2013 New York, NYSDEC News
... The Southern Zone Regular Season is New York's most popular hunting season, with participation from about 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 30-60 percent of the statewide bear harvest... 
  • Rifles authorized for Ontario and Wayne counties: New legislation allows the use of rifles for big game hunting in Ontario and Wayne counties, until October 1, 2015. See "Rifle, Shotgun, and Bow Areas" and for other areas where rifles can be used.
  • Crossbows: Crossbows are no longer a legal implement for big game hunting in New York.
  • Help Protect New York Deer from Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD): To keep potentially infectious material out of New York, hunters are prohibited from bringing whole deer carcasses and some carcass parts into New York from any state or province with CWD, now including Pennsylvania. Find the details for CWD Regulations for Hunters and read more about how to prevent the spread of CWD.
  • Deer Management Focus Area in Tompkins County: This program will continue to assist communities in the Ithaca area with the burden of overabundant deer populations. See "Deer Management Focus Areas" and for information and registration.
  • Reducing Harvest of Young Bucks: Mandatory antler restrictions (bucks must have at least 3 points on one side) are in effect in WMUs 3A, 3C, 3H, 3J, 3K, 4G, 4O, 4P, 4R, 4S, and 4W during all seasons for all hunters 17 years and older. Many hunters in other areas are voluntarily choosing not to take young, small-antlered bucks, thereby allowing most of these bucks to live another year, get a bit bigger and grow slightly larger antlers. Through the personal choice of thousands of hunters, we've seen a shift in the annual buck harvest to include an increasing number and percentage of older bucks. For more information see "Voluntary Antler Restrictions".

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