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|
|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.