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.

This list is not a complete list of all hunting seasons, please refer to the NYS DEC website for specific information about hunting seasons and maps of the various zones.

Type of hunting Season 2018-19 Dates
Youth Wild Turkey Hunt 30 min. before Sunrise to Noon Apr 20-21, 2019
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 16
Dec 10 – Dec 18
Crossbow—Deer Sunrise to Sunset Nov 3 – Nov 16
Muzzleloading—Deer and Bear The nine days immediately following the close of the Regular Deer Season. Sunrise to Sunset. Dec 10 – Dec 18
Regular—Deer 23 days beginning the third Saturday of November. Sunrise to Sunset. Nov 17 – Dec 9
Regular—Bear 23 days beginning the third Saturday of November. Sunrise to Sunset. Nov 17 – Dec 9
Fall Turkey
(Southern)
Sunrise to Sunset Oct 20 – Nov 2