Big Game Importation Restrictions
Hunters May Not Bring Whole Deer, Elk, Moose, or Caribou into New York
Due to the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) within the United States and Canada, New York has established special restrictions on the importation of carcasses and parts of CWD-susceptible animals from anywhere outside New York. These restrictions, among others, are established to minimize the risk of exposing New York deer to this fatal disease.
Hunters are now prohibited from returning to New York with whole carcasses or intact heads of deer, elk, moose, or caribou that they harvest anywhere outside of New York.
Only the deboned meat, cleaned skull cap, antlers with no flesh adhering, raw or processed cape or hide, cleaned teeth or lower jaw, and finished taxidermy products of CWD-susceptible animals may be brought into New York.
Whole carcasses that are imported into New York illegally will be confiscated and destroyed.
Allowed Parts for Importation
The following parts of the specified species can be imported into New York State:
- Deboned Meat: Only the meat, with all bones removed.
- Cleaned Skull Cap: The skull cap cleaned of all flesh.
- Antlers with No Flesh: Antlers must be completely cleaned of any flesh.
- Raw or Processed Cape or Hide: The skin of the animal, either in its natural state or treated.
- Cleaned Teeth or Lower Jaw: Teeth or jawbone, thoroughly cleaned.
- Finished Taxidermy Products: Fully processed taxidermy items.
Species Affected by These Regulations
These importation regulations apply to the following species:
- White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus)
- Black-tailed Deer and Mule Deer (O. hemionus)
- Red Deer (Cervus elaphus) and Elk (C. e. canadensis)
- Moose (Alces alces)
- Sika Deer (Cervus nippon)
- Caribou and Reindeer (Rangifer tarandus)
Purpose of Regulations
These regulations are in place to prevent the spread of diseases such as Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) among these species. By limiting the importation to specific parts that are less likely to carry the disease, the risk of transmission is reduced.
- How to Bone Out a Deer or Elk: Hunters importing these species are encouraged to learn proper techniques for deboning meat to ensure compliance with these regulations.
Marking and Tagging Requirements
Hunters returning to New York with allowable parts of CWD-susceptible animals must mark the parts or packages containing the parts with a tag identifying the:
- species of animal
- state, province, or country where the animal was taken
- name and address of the person who took the animal
Usually the tagging requirements of the state/province/territory of origin will contain this information.
Reporting CWD-Positive Animals
Any person who imports allowable parts of a CWD-susceptible animal and who is notified that the animal tested positive for CWD must report the test results to the DEC within 24 hours. DEC will make arrangements to collect and incinerate the CWD-infected venison.
Mail: Attention: Director, Division of Fish and Wildlife, NYSDEC, 625 Broadway, 5th Floor, Albany, New York 12233-4750
Phone: (518) 402-8883
Transportation through New York State
Travelers are permitted to PASS THROUGH New York to transport carcasses, provided no parts are disposed of or remain in New York. Hunters should be aware of import restrictions in their destination state or province to ensure compliance.
Transportation out of New York State
Many other states have similar restrictions about importing carcasses or carcass parts into their state. Non-Resident hunters should be aware of their home state's restrictions on importation of carcasses or carcass parts of animals harvested in New York. Find a Deer Processor or Taxidermist in New York State (PDF).
The information on this page is a general summary of the state regulation Part 189: Chronic Wasting Disease (link leaves DEC website)
Hunting Hours for Big Game in New York
Extended Hunting Hours
- Timing: Big game hunting is now permissible from 30 minutes before sunrise until 30 minutes after sunset.
- This extension provides hunters with additional time during the low-light periods of dawn and dusk, which are often prime times for big game activity.
- Availability: Hunting on Sundays is allowed in all areas of New York.
- Hunters should be aware of this opportunity, which can provide additional days for hunting, especially beneficial for those with limited time during the weekdays.
State Parks Hunting
- Verification: If you plan to hunt in state parks, it's essential to check and confirm the specific regulations with the park authorities before hunting.
- Regulations in state parks may vary, so understanding these rules is crucial for legal and ethical hunting practices.
Importance of Compliance
- Safety and Legal Compliance: Adhering to the designated hunting hours and understanding area-specific regulations are vital for hunter safety and legal compliance.
- Wildlife Management: These regulations also play a role in effective wildlife management and ensuring sustainable hunting practices.
Legally Antlered Deer
A legally antlered deer must have at least one antler that is three inches or longer measured from the base of the burr. Special regulations apply in the Antler Restriction area.
"Early" and "Late" Seasons for Deer and Bear
When you see the term "early" muzzleloader or archery season, it means before the regular deer season for that particular zone. "Late" means after the regular deer season for that zone.
Rifle, Shotgun and Bow Areas
The portions of New York where rifles, shotguns, and bows may be used during the regular firearms seasons are set in law by the state legislature.
Legal Implements for Early Antlerless Deer Season, Regular Deer Season, Early and Regular Bear Season
- View a PDF map of legal implements for the early bear season and regular deer and bear seasons (PDF)
- See Crossbow Hunting for license and training requirements, general rules, and specific season opportunities
- Special Deer Season for firearms deer hunting opportunities in parts of Suffolk County
- Written descriptions of areas show on map
- Closed area boundary descriptions
- Implement Descriptions
IT IS ILLEGAL TO HUNT BIG GAME WITH:
- a fully automatic firearm;
- an autoloading firearm that holds more than 6 shells (except an autoloading pistol with a barrel length under 8 inches);
- any firearm equipped with a silencer; or
- an air gun or air bow.
BIG GAME HUNTERS ARE PERMITTED TO CARRY:
- a .22 caliber rim-fire handgun during regular deer season or early and regular bear seasons, if they possess a NYS pistol permit; or
- a.22 caliber rim-fire cannot be used as a primary or secondary weapon to take deer or bear.
Written Descriptions of Areas Shown on Legal Implements Map
BOW, CROSSBOW, MUZZLELOADER, HANDGUN, SHOTGUN, AND RIFLE AREAS:
All of Northern Zone (see description of Northern-Southern Zone Line).
All of Albany (except WMU 4J which is bow only), Allegany, Cattaraugus, Cayuga, Chemung, Chenango, Columbia, Cortland, Delaware, Fulton, Genesee, Greene, Herkimer, Livingston, Madison, Montgomery, Oneida, Onondaga, Ontario, Orange, Orleans, Oswego, Otsego, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Seneca, Schenectady, Schoharie, Schuyler, Steuben, Sullivan, Tioga, Tompkins, Ulster, Washington, Wayne, Wyoming, and Yates counties. Also, the portion of Chautauqua county south of Rt. 20 and all of Broome County except the city of Binghamton.
Bow, Crossbow, Muzzleloader, Handgun, and Shotgun Areas:
All of the following counties, except the areas listed in parentheses: Chautauqua (except south of Rt. 20 where rifles are also legal), Dutchess, Erie (except WMU 9C which is closed to big game hunting), Monroe (except WMU 8C which is bow only), Niagara, Putnam, and Rockland counties.
BOW ONLY AREAS:
Suffolk County (WMU 1C). All of Suffolk County. Except shotguns and muzzleloaders may be used during the Special January Firearms Season in Suffolk County.
Westchester County (WMU 3S). All of Westchester County.
Legal Hunting Implements for Big Game in New York
- Type: Long (stick), recurve, or compound bow.
- Draw Weight: Must be more than 35 pounds.
- Arrowhead: Legal arrowheads are non-barbed, have 2 or more cutting edges, and are at least 7/8 inches wide.
- Construction: Includes a bow, string, and compound or recurve limbs.
- Limb Width: Minimum of 17 inches (uncocked).
- Overall Length: Minimum of 24 inches from the stock's butt to the limbs' front.
- Arrow/Bolt Length: Minimum of 14 inches (excluding the arrowhead).
- Draw Weight: Between 100 to 200 pounds.
- Must have a trigger with a working safety.
- Type: Firearm loaded through the muzzle.
- Bore Size: Minimum of .44 inches.
- Projectile: Shoots a single projectile.
- Sight: Scopes or fiber-optic sights are permissible.
- Permit: A NYS Pistol Permit is required for hunting with a muzzleloading pistol.
- Type: Any centerfire pistol or revolver.
- Barrel Length: Maximum of 16 inches.
- Permit Requirement: Must have a NYS Pistol Permit, as permits from other states are not recognized in New York.
- Gauge: Must be 20 gauge or larger.
- Projectile: Fires a single projectile.
- Barrel: Rifling in the barrel or choke is allowed.
- Type: Any centerfire rifle.
- Handgun, Shotgun, and Rifle: The use of these firearms is subject to specific regulations and may vary by region within New York State.
- Centerfire Pistol: This refers to pistols that use centerfire ammunition, where the primer is located in the center of the cartridge case head.
Use of crossbow for big game hunting in NY is determined by the New York State Legislature and Governor, not DEC. See Crossbow Hunting for license and training requirements, general rules, and specific season opportunities.
Fluorescent Orange & Fluorescent Pink Clothing Requirements for Hunting in New York
New Regulations for Deer and Bear Hunting with Firearms
Minimum Visibility Requirements
Hunters and their companions involved in deer or bear hunting with firearms must adhere to one of the following requirements for visibility:
Solid Fluorescent Material:
- Minimum of 250 square inches of solid fluorescent orange or fluorescent pink material.
- Must be worn above the waist.
- Should be visible from all directions.
Patterned Fluorescent Material:
- Minimum of 250 square inches of patterned fluorescent orange or fluorescent pink material.
- The pattern must consist of no less than 50% fluorescent orange or pink.
- Must be worn above the waist.
- Should be visible from all directions.
Hats or Caps:
- At least 50% of the exterior must be solid fluorescent orange or fluorescent pink material.
- Must be visible from all directions.
Purpose of the Regulation
- Safety: These requirements are intended to increase the visibility of hunters to others, especially in dense areas or during periods of low visibility.
- Prevention of Accidents: The bright colors help differentiate hunters from the environment, thereby reducing the risk of accidental shootings.
- Mandatory: It is essential for hunters and accompanying persons to comply with these clothing requirements to ensure their safety and the safety of others.
- Check Local Regulations: Some areas might have additional or specific requirements, so it’s always best to check local hunting regulations.
Bag Limits for Bear and Deer Hunting in New York
Bear Hunting Regulations
- Limit per Hunter: Each licensed hunter (resident or nonresident) is allowed to take one bear per license year, either by gun or bow.
- Tag Consignment: Bear tags cannot be consigned like Deer Management Permits.
Specific Restrictions in the Southern Zone
- Cubs: It is illegal to shoot a cub or a bear that should be known to be a cub.
- Group of Bears: Shooting any bear from a group is prohibited.
- Bear Dens: It is illegal to shoot or take a bear from its den.
Deer Hunting Regulations
Bag Limit Based on Licenses and Privileges
- Multiple Deer: A licensed hunter with the appropriate tags can take more than one deer in a day.
- Regular Hunting License: Comes with a Regular Season Deer Tag.
- Muzzleloading or Bowhunting Privilege: Provides a Bow/Muzzleloading (Mz) Season Either Sex Deer Tag.
- Muzzleloading and Bowhunting Privileges: Includes one Bow/Mz Season Either Sex Deer Tag and one Bow/Mz Season Antlerless Deer Tag, usable in either season.
- Hunting License Requirement: A hunting license is necessary to be eligible for Bowhunting and Muzzleloading Privileges.
Understanding Bag Limits
- Importance: These regulations are in place to manage wildlife populations sustainably.
- Compliance: Hunters must adhere to these limits and conditions to ensure ethical hunting practices and contribute to conservation efforts.
Deer Tag Types and Privileges in New York
Regular Season Deer Tag
- Valid For: Antlered Deer Only.
Exceptions: Can be used for antlered or antlerless deer in certain situations:
- Regular season in Westchester County.
- Any season in Suffolk County.
- Bowhunting-only areas (WMUs 4J and 8C).
- Late season with bow or muzzleloading privilege.
- By Junior Hunters during the Youth Deer Hunt.
- By hunters with a non-ambulatory permit.
- Northern and Southern Zone Regular Seasons.
- Late Bowhunting (with Bow Privilege) and Muzzleloading (with Muzzleloading Privilege) Seasons.
- Youth Big Game Hunt - Columbus Day Weekend.
- Not Valid: During the September Antlerless Season.
Bow/Muzzleloading (Mz) Season Either Sex Deer Tag
- Valid For: Antlered or Antlerless Deer.
- Restrictions: Cannot be used for antlerless deer during certain Northern Zone muzzleloading seasons designated for antlered deer only.
- Bowhunting or Muzzleloading seasons, including regular season in Westchester County and regular/special firearms seasons in Suffolk County, according to purchased privileges.
- Not Valid: Regular Season, Youth Hunt, or September Antlerless Season, except Junior Bowhunters can use this tag during Bowhunting and Regular Seasons.
Bow/Muzzleloading (Mz) Season Antlerless Deer Tag
- Valid For: Antlerless Deer Only.
- Restrictions: Cannot be used during certain Northern Zone muzzleloading seasons designated for antlered deer only.
- Bowhunting or Muzzleloading seasons, including regular season in Westchester County and regular/special firearms seasons in Suffolk County, as per privileges.
- Not Valid: Regular Season, Youth Hunt, or September Antlerless Season, except Junior Bowhunters can use this tag during Bowhunting and Regular Seasons.
Deer Management Permit (DMP)
- Valid For: Antlerless Deer Only, specific to the WMU indicated on the DMP.
- Valid Seasons: All deer hunting seasons, given the appropriate privileges.
Understanding Tag Use
- Variation by Region: Tag types and usage vary based on region and WMU restrictions.
- Compliance with Regulations: Hunters must use tags according to specified rules and during appropriate seasons to ensure ethical and regulated hunting.
Deer Management Permits
Hunters may apply for Deer Management Permits (DMPs) at all license issuing outlets, by phone, by mail or via the internet when you purchase your hunting license (see Buy A Sporting License for license issuance information) by October 1. For more information on DMPs see our Deer Management Permit Page. DMPs are the only hunting tag that is transferrable from one hunter to another. Hunters can receive and use up to two transferred DMPs in addition to any DMPs they were originally issued. See Consignment of DMPs for details.
Unlawful Methods of Taking Big Game
Prohibited Actions and Equipment
- Big Game in Water: It is illegal to take big game (deer or bear) while the animal is in water.
- Firearms During Bowhunting: Possession of any firearm is prohibited while bowhunting or accompanying someone bowhunting during special archery seasons.
- Salt Licks: Creating, setting, or using a salt lick in areas inhabited by deer or bear is unlawful.
- Traps and Snares: Taking big game with traps or snares is not permitted.
Specific Hunting Equipment Restrictions
- Artificial Light and Lasers: Using a firearm or bow aided by artificial light or lasers projecting a beam toward the target is illegal.
- Autoloading Firearms: Firearms with a capacity of more than 6 shells are prohibited, except for autoloading pistols with a barrel length of less than 8 inches.
- Rimfire Ammunition: Firearms using rimfire ammunition are not allowed for big game hunting.
- Gauge: Shotguns less than 20 gauge are not permitted.
- Ammunition: Must be loaded with shells carrying a single projectile.
- Draw Weight: Bows with a draw weight of less than 35 lbs are prohibited.
- Arrowheads: Barbed broadheads, arrowheads less than 7/8 inches at the widest point, or with fewer than 2 sharp cutting edges are illegal.
- Use of Dogs: Hunting big game with dogs is not allowed.
- Aircraft: Hunting from any kind of aircraft is prohibited.
- Bait: Using bait to hunt big game is unlawful.
- Air Guns and Air Bows: These are not permitted for big game hunting.
Importance of Regulations
- Ethical Hunting: These regulations are in place to promote ethical hunting practices.
- Safety and Conservation: They also ensure hunter safety and wildlife conservation.
Tagging, Transporting, and Reporting
Deer and bear are in legal possession only when tagged with the appropriate portion of the hunting license, deer management permit, or other license provided for that purpose.
Here's what you must do immediately upon killing a deer or bear:
- Fill in all information on the carcass tag and report tag with ink that won't erase.
- Detach the carcass tag from the report tag. Once filled in, the tag may not be altered.
- Keep the report tag; you will need it when you report your deer or bear.
- The month and date must also be cut or marked in ink on the margin of the carcass tag.
- You do not need to attach the tag to the carcass while it is being dragged or physically carried from the place of kill to a camp or point where transportation is available.
- Once you get to the camp or vehicle, attach the tag to the deer or bear immediately.
- Keep the tag attached to the carcass until it is cut up and prepared for consumption.
After you have used your last deer tag, you may help others hunt deer. You must have your hunting license with you and you may not shoot or attempt to shoot a deer.
Deer and bear may be transported either inside or outside the vehicle.
- A deer carcass with head and deer carcass tag attached may be transported with the taker in attendance.
- If someone other than the taker is transporting the deer, an additional tag supplied by the taker bearing the names and addresses of the consignee and taker must be attached to the carcass.
- All portions of deer or bear meat being transported by the taker shall be individually tagged and the tags shall include the name, address, hunting license number, the date that the portions were cut, and the signature of the taker. Packaged or boxed portions of venison need only one tag and must be labeled "venison" on the outside of the box. If someone other than the taker is transporting the portions, an additional tag signed by the taker with the names and addresses of the consignee and taker is required for each portion.
- Non-resident hunters: If your home state prohibits the importation of whole deer carcasses from NY, you will need to follow the above guidelines for transportation of individual or packaged portions of deer meat while in New York State
- A deer carcass minus the head may be transported as above, but evidence of the sex of the deer must be intact. The deer carcass tag must be affixed to the carcass, and a tag supplied by the taker must also be attached showing the name and address of the taxidermist where the head was sent.
- Heads of male deer may be transported to a taxidermist only if a tag supplied by the taker is attached bearing the taker's signature, address, hunting license number, number of points on each antler and the name and address of the taxidermist.
- The head of a doe with antlers that are 3 inches or more can be removed for mounting. Follow the same procedure that you would use for a buck you are having mounted. (See above.)
Deer or Bear -- Hunters who harvest a deer or bear are required by law to report their take within 7 days via the DECALS Online Harvest Reporting System or by calling 1-866-426-3778 (1-866-GAMERPT). It will be helpful to have your deer or bear report tag with you when making this call. You will be asked for information from this tag during the report call. See our Reporting your deer, bear, or turkey take for further reporting details.
Hunters who harvest a bear in New York are asked record the dressed weight of the bear and to submit a premolar tooth or part of the lower jaw of the bear for DEC to determine the age of the bear (see Bear Tooth Collection). A collection packet including a postage paid return jaw envelope and information explaining collection will be mailed to each hunter that reports a bear. There are many cooperating taxidermists within New York that can remove and submit teeth, so check with your taxidermist. Generally, taxidermists do not use teeth or the lower jaw for their mounts. All successful hunters are still required to report their bear harvest even if a taxidermist submits samples on their behalf.
Bowhunting opportunities include both the bowhunting and regular seasons for deer and bear, early bear seasons, and the early antlerless deer season in September.
- Hunters must possess a current bowhunting or junior bowhunting privilege to participate during the bowhunting seasons.
- The bowhunting privilege is not required to hunt with a bow during regular seasons, but hunters must possess proof of eligibility (either a valid bowhunter education certificate or prior bowhunting license).
- Bow/Mz either-sex or antlerless-only tags may not be used during the regular seasons except by junior bowhunters or in WMUs 1C and 3S.
- In WMUs 4J and 8C, only bows may be used to take deer during the regular and bowhunting seasons.
- Suffolk (WMU 1C) and Westchester counties (WMU 3S) have separate regular seasons restricted to bows for taking deer (either sex).
- See Legal Implement Descriptions for definitions of a legal bow.
Barbed Broadheads Prohibited for Big Game
Barbed broadheads are illegal for hunting big game. A barbed broadhead is one in which the angle formed between the trailing or rear edge of any blade and the shaft is less than 90 degrees. A notch at the base of the blade extending no more than 2 millimeters from the shaft shall not be considered a barb. Broadhead examples on the right compare one that is barbed to three that are legal. Broadheads with retractable blades are legal. Broadheads with mechanical blades are legal if the blades DO NOT form a barb or hook when the arrow is pulled from the flesh of a deer or bear.
Muzzleloading Regulations for Hunting in New York
Seasonal Use of Muzzleloaders
Muzzleloading firearms can be utilized in various hunting seasons:
- Eligible Seasons: Muzzleloader and regular seasons for deer and bear, early bear seasons, early antlerless deer season in September, and the January Firearms season in Suffolk County.
Muzzleloading Privilege and Tags
- Muzzleloading Privilege: Required to participate in muzzleloader seasons.
- Regular Seasons: The muzzleloading privilege is not necessary for using a muzzleloading firearm.
- Tag Restrictions: Bow/Muzzleloading (Muzz) either-sex or antlerless-only tags cannot be used during regular seasons, except by junior bowhunters or in WMUs 1C and 3S.
- Prohibited WMUs: Muzzleloaders are not permitted in WMUs 3S, 4J, or 8C, except WMU 1C during the January Firearms season.
Equipment and Accompaniment Restrictions
- Single Firearm Rule: Hunters must not have or be accompanied by someone with a bow or firearm other than the legal muzzleloading firearm.
- Prohibited Firearms: Double-barreled muzzleloaders or percussion cap revolvers are not allowed during special muzzleloading seasons.
Transportation of Muzzleloaders
Unloaded in Vehicles: Muzzleloaders must be transported unloaded within a motor vehicle.
- Cap off the nipple.
- Primer removed.
- Primer powder removed from the flintlock pan.
- Battery removed from an electric-fired muzzleloader.
- Unloaded Definition:
Compliance and Definitions
- Legal Definitions: Refer to 'Legal Implement Descriptions' for the definitions of legal muzzleloading firearms.
- Regulatory Compliance: Hunters using muzzleloaders must adhere to these regulations in addition to the standard hunting guidelines.
Deer Hunting Opportunities on Long Island, New York
Seasonal Regulations and Permits
Bowhunting Season (October-December)
- Bowhunting Only: Deer hunting during this period is restricted exclusively to bowhunting.
- State Land Hunting: Requires a DEC (Department of Environmental Conservation) permit.
January Firearms Season
- Legal Implements: Only shotguns and muzzleloaders are permitted.
- Special Permit: A distinct permit is required for this season.
Permit Application: To get precise dates and permit details, hunters can either:
- Send a self-addressed envelope to: Deer Info, NYS DEC, SUNY Bldg. 40, Stony Brook, NY 11790-2356.
- Visit the DEC Long Island Hunting Page.
Key Points for Hunters
- Compliance with Regulations: Adhering to the specific seasonal regulations and implement restrictions is crucial.
- Permit Acquisition: Hunters should ensure they have the appropriate permits, especially for hunting on state lands and during the January firearms season.
- Information Access: Utilizing DEC resources, including their website and direct contact, is recommended for staying updated on hunting opportunities and requirements.
Long Island offers unique deer hunting opportunities with specific regulations and permit requirements, emphasizing the importance of understanding and following these guidelines for a successful and legal hunting experience.
Big game hunters who wish to hunt Small Game species may do so with a current hunting license. When hunting bobcat, remember that bobcat pelts must be tagged according to procedures described under Pelt Sealing.
Prohibition on the Sale of Deer or Bear Meat
Selling Deer or Bear Meat
- Unlawful Act: It is illegal to sell the flesh of deer or bear in New York State.
- This regulation is in place to prevent commercial exploitation of these wildlife species and ensure sustainable management.
Sale of Other Parts
- Legally Taken and Reported: Parts other than flesh from legally taken and reported deer and bear may be sold.
- Tagging Requirement: These parts must be tagged prior to sale.
- Provided by either the hunter or the buyer.
- Must include the hunter's license number, date of birth, signature, printed name.
- Location of the kill (town and county) must be specified.
Importance of Regulation
- Conservation and Ethics: These rules are designed to support wildlife conservation efforts and ethical hunting practices.
- Regulatory Compliance: Hunters and individuals dealing with deer and bear parts must adhere to these regulations to avoid legal repercussions and contribute to responsible wildlife management.
Regulations on Possession and Sale of Bear Gall Bladders and Bile
Possession and Sale Requirements
Bear Gallbladders and Bile
- Attachment of Bear Tag: To legally possess or sell bear gallbladders and bile, a valid bear tag must be attached. This tag can be either the original or a copy of the bear carcass tag.
- Purpose: This requirement ensures traceability and legal compliance in the harvesting and handling of these parts.
Additional Legal Obligations for Taxidermists
- New Law: Taxidermists are now required to maintain records of all bear gallbladders and bile they receive or sell.
- Record Details: These records should likely include information such as the source of the gallbladders and bile, dates of transactions, quantities, and bear tag details.
Importance of Compliance
- Conservation and Legal Compliance: These regulations are essential for conservation efforts and to prevent illegal trade and exploitation of bear parts.
- Ethical Practices: For taxidermists, adhering to these record-keeping requirements is crucial for maintaining ethical business practices and contributing to responsible wildlife management.
Legally Defined Areas for Big Game Hunting in New York
Northern - Southern Zone Line
Description of the Zone Line
The Northern and Southern zones in New York State are separated by a specific line, described as follows:
- Starting Point: North shore of the Salmon River at its junction with Lake Ontario.
- Route to Pulaski: Eastward along the north shore of the Salmon River to Pulaski.
- South along Route 11 to Central Square, then east along Route 49 to Rome.
- East along Route 365 to Trenton, then east along Route 28 to Middleville.
- East along Route 29 to its junction with Route 4.
- North along Route 4 to its junction with Route 22.
- North and west along Route 22 to the eastern shore of South Bay on Lake Champlain in Whitehall.
- North along the eastern shore of South Bay to the New York-Vermont boundary.
Closed Areas for Big Game Hunting
Specific No-Hunting Zones
These areas are designated portions of the state where deer and bear hunting is prohibited:
- City of Binghamton
Erie County - Area around Buffalo:
- Boundaries include Tonawanda Creek from East Branch Niagara River to various routes leading to Lake Erie.
Herkimer County - Area along Big Moose Lake:
- Encompasses Judson Rd., Higby Rd., Big Moose Rd., Martin Rd., and adjacent lake shores.
Herkimer and Hamilton Counties:
- Defined by Rt. 28 from Old Forge to Inlet and South Shore Rd. from Inlet to Old Forge.
- Entire county.
New York City:
- All five boroughs.
Importance of Knowing Legal Hunting Areas
- Compliance: Hunters must be aware of and comply with these geographical and zonal distinctions to ensure legal hunting.
- Conservation and Safety: These regulations serve to balance wildlife conservation and public safety.
- Local Laws and Posting: Besides these state-defined zones, hunters should also be aware of local town laws, ordinances, and private land postings.