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New York and New Jersey Hunting Seasons 2016-17
WEAR BLAZE ORANGE IN
ALL LOCATIONS WHEN HIKING
DURING HUNTING SEASON
Note: NY now has an early bear season and permits use of crossbow, including during the new early bear and certain deer seasons. Find DEC crossbow rules by clicking here.
Bear Season (Southern Zone)
Early: Sept 10-25
Regular: Nov. 19-Dec. 11
Bow Hunting: Oct. 1-Nov. 18; Dec. 12-20
Deer Season Southern Zone (includes Hudson Valley and Catskills)
Regular (Gun): Nov. 19-Dec. 11
Special Firearms Season (special permit, weekdays): Jan. 1–Jan. 31, 2017
Schunemunk Mountain State Park: Hunting is allowed at the park.
Other State Parks: Hunting is allowed in parts or all of some other state parks. Call parks for details. Find contact info by using our parks database.
Black Rock Forest (845-534-4517) This private forest closes to all hikers during regular gun season, from Nov. 19 through Dec. 11.
Regulations in NJ are quite complicated and info about exactly where and when hunting is permitted can be hard to find.
New For 2016: The black bear hunting season now consists of two separate segments, A and B. Segment A is Oct. 10–15. Segment B is Dec. 5–10. For additional info, check http://www.eregulations.com/newjersey
Bow: Opens Sept. 10 in several zones. Statewide, the season begins Oct. 1.
Winter Bow: Jan. 1-Feb. 18, 2017
6 Day Firearm: Dec. 5-10
There are additional permit deer seasons. Look for them at http://www.eregulations.com/newjersey/hunting/
The safest course in the fall in New Jersey is to hike only on Sundays, when hunting with firearms is generally prohibited throughout the state. (Seasonal bow-hunting is permitted in Wildlife Management Areas on Sundays.)