The following are the dates for Turkey and Big Game hunting in NYS DEC Southern Zone which covers all of the Finger Lakes Trail system. Make sure you know the regulations, trail closings, and hiking advice in your area. Remember, Wear Blaze Orange during hunting season, and respect the rights of responsible hunters engaged in legal hunting activities.

Type of hunting Season 2017-18 Dates
Youth Wild Turkey Hunt 30 min. before Sunrise to Noon Apr 21-22, 2018
Spring Turkey 30 min. before Sunrise to Noon May 1–31
Bowhunting—Deer and Bear October 1 through the day prior to the opening of the Regular Deer Season, and nine days immediately following the close of the Regular Deer Season. Sunrise to Sunset. Oct 1 – Nov 17
Dec 11 – Dec 19
Crossbow—Deer Sunrise to Sunset Nov 7 – Nov 20
Muzzleloading—Deer and Bear The nine days immediately following the close of the Regular Deer Season. Sunrise to Sunset. Dec 11 – Dec 19
Regular—Deer 23 days beginning the third Saturday of November. Sunrise to Sunset. Nov 18 – Dec 10
Regular—Bear 23 days beginning the third Saturday of November. Sunrise to Sunset. Nov 18 – Dec 10
Fall Turkey
(Southern)
Sunrise to Sunset Oct 15 – Oct 28

Refer to the NYS DEC website for more information about hunting seasons and maps of the various zones.