2018-12-05 / Outdoor Life

Southern Zone Big Game Season Underway

The 2018 regular deer and bear hunting seasons in New York’s Southern Zone began at sunrise on Saturday, Nov. 17, and will continue through Sunday, Dec. 9. The Southern Zone regular season is New York’s most popular hunting season, with an estimated 85 percent of New York’s nearly 600,000 licensed hunters participating. This season accounts for nearly 60 percent of the total statewide deer harvest and 30 to 60 percent of the statewide bear harvest.

Following the regular deer and bear seasons in the Southern Zone, late bowhunting and muzzleloading seasons run from Dec. 10 through Dec. 18. Hunters taking part in these special seasons must possess a hunting license and either bowhunting or muzzleloading privileges. Delaware County is located in the Southern Zone,

DEC encourages hunters to voluntarily pass up shots at young, small-antlered bucks in favor of letting them grow to be older, larger bucks. Hunters are making a difference for the future of the deer herd, and this change in hunting habits will increase their likelihood of seeing older, larger bucks by choosing to let young bucks go and watch them grow.

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