Deer Hunting Seasons 2013

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Hunter. Photo from U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service



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Deer Season

Regular (Gun) and Archery
Southern Zone (includes Hudson Valley and Catskills)

Regular (Gun): Nov. 16 - Dec. 8
Bow: Oct. 1 - Nov. 15
Dec. 9 - Dec. 15

Westchester Co.
Bow only
: Oct. 1 - Dec. 31

Suffolk Co.
Bow only
: Oct. 1 - Dec. 31

Special Firearms Season(special permit, weekdays): Jan. 7 – Jan. 31, 2011

Bear Mountain-Harriman and Sterling Forest State Parks: Hikers should be aware that hunting is allowed with a park permit in the area of Harriman west of Route 87 and into Sterling Forest State Park. Other areas of Harriman-Bear Mountain are not open to hunting. For complete details call the park at 845-351-5907

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. 16 through Dec. 8.

For info about all hunting seasons and regulations in New York, visit the DEC website.


In New Jersey, the Fish and Wildlife division reports that "Hunters can enjoy more than a hundred days of deer hunting, including seasons for bow, shotgun and muzzleloading rifle." The when and where of these hunting days can be hard to figure out, so the safest course in the fall 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.) Otherwise, hunting seasons vary by weapon and geography.

Hunting season information is found in the NJ Hunting Digest, available at license agents and at

Summaries of deer and other hunting seasons can be found at

NJ Parks Hunting Areas 

Morris County Parks will be open for limited deer hunting again this season. The purpose is to manage the size of the deer herd to protect woodland ecology. A list of the locations and timetable of hunts is posted at