New York and New Jersey Hunting Seasons 2016-17
Outdoor recreationists should be aware of hunting season schedules and areas where hunting is permitted when choosing where to explore. We've also compiled a list of our top 10 no-hunting hike areas in New York and New Jersey.
Remember: It's always a good idea to wear bright colors when in the woods during hunting season, no matter where you go.
2016-17 Hunting Season Schedules
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.
For the DEC's summary of regulations regarding the 2016-17 big game, turkey, and furbearer seasons, click here.
Bow: Oct. 1-Nov. 18; Dec. 12-20
Bow only: Oct. 1-Dec. 31
Bow only: Oct. 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.
For the DEP's broad overview of NJ state parks open for the 2016-17 deer, small game, water fowl, and turkey seasons, click here.
The following seasons are generally in effect.
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
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.)
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