The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is reminding New York hunters that deer hunting opportunities are still available in the state, and urge new and experienced hunters to partake.
“Late season deer hunting provides a great opportunity to enjoy time afield with family and friends,” said NYDEC Commissioner Seggos. “The Holiday Deer Hunt continues again this year for hunters across the Southern Zone, allowing families to hunt together when students are on break from school and many adults have time off from work. I hope all hunters continue to have a safe and successful big game hunting season.”
Regular firearms season in the Southern Zone of the state includes a late bow and muzzleloader season from Dec. 12 to the 20th and then Dec. 26th to Jan. 1st.
Hunters must have in their possession a bowhunting or muzzle-loading privilege in order to participate in the late bow or muzzleloader season, and they may use all deer carcass tags valid during those seasons.
DEC also encourages all hunters to follow the “ABCs” of tree stand safety:
Always remove and inspect the tree stand before use;
Buckle on the full body harness securely every time; and
Connect to the tree before your feet leave the ground.