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New York State Hunting Season Dates for 2021 (Southern Zone)

Early Bowhunting: October 1 - November 19
Regular Deer: November 20 - December 12
Late Bowhunting / Muzzleloading: December 13 - December 21, December 26 - January 1

We advise avoiding hikes during hunting season or being extra cautious while you’re out.

If you choose to hike at one of RPA's community forests or preserves, or on other public lands (including state lands), please remember to wear some blaze orange, and avoid wearing white.

Hunting at RPA community forests is restricted to a few hunters per day. Hunting is NOT allowed at RPA's Barberville Falls Preserve, but it’s still a good idea to wear blaze orange on the trails.

If you have questions or concerns, please reach out to us: / 518-712-9211

Learn more about hunting on RPA lands here:


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