Bear Hunting Seasons in New York State for 2023-2024

Early Bear Season

Northern Zone

  • Dates: NA
  • Shaded Portions: Yellow and Brown

Southern Zone

  • Dates: Sept. 9 - Sept. 24
  • Shaded Portions: Orange, Green

Westchester County

  • Shaded Portions: Light Blue

Bear Bowhunting Season

Northern Zone

  • Dates: Sept. 16 - Oct. 20
  • Shaded Portions: Yellow and Brown

Southern Zone

  • Dates: Oct. 1 - Nov. 17; Dec. 11 - Dec. 19
  • Shaded Portions: Orange, Green

Westchester County

  • Dates: Same as Regular Season

Bear Crossbow Season

Northern Zone

  • Dates: Oct. 12 - Oct. 21
  • Shaded Portions: Yellow and Brown

Southern Zone

  • Dates: Nov. 4 - Nov. 17 (Not in WMUs 3S, 4J, or 8C)
  • Shaded Portions: Orange, Green

Westchester County

  • Shaded Portions: Light Blue

Regular Bear Season

Northern Zone

  • Dates: Sept. 17 - Dec. 4
  • Shaded Portions: Yellow and Brown

Southern Zone

  • Dates: Nov. 18 - Dec. 10
  • Shaded Portions: Orange, Green

Westchester County

  • Dates: Oct. 1 - Dec. 31 (Bowhunting only)
  • Shaded Portions: Light Blue

Bear Muzzleloading Season

Northern Zone

  • Dates: Oct. 15 - Oct. 21
  • Shaded Portions: Yellow and Brown

Southern Zone

  • Dates: Dec. 11 - Dec. 19
  • Shaded Portions: Orange, Green

Westchester County

  • Shaded Portions: Light Blue

These bear hunting seasons provide various opportunities for hunters across different regions in New York State. The shaded portion references indicate specific areas within the zones. Hunters are encouraged to refer to detailed zone maps and comply with all regulations during their hunting activities.

New York State Bear Hunting Season Dates

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