New York Crossbow Hunting Season Usage and Dates

Overview

Crossbows in New York can be used during specific seasons for various game. The key points to note:

  • Usage: Crossbows are permissible during regular firearm seasons, muzzleloader seasons, and designated crossbow seasons. They are not allowed during bowhunting-only seasons.
  • Game Types: Crossbows may be used for hunting deer, bear, turkey, and small game.

Below are tables formatted to show the dates aligning with crossbow usage for each game type as per the regulations.

Deer Hunting Season

New York State Crossbow Hunting Season Dates

New York State Crossbow Hunting Season Dates

Deer Hunting Season

Northern Zone

Season Type Dates Exclusions
Crossbow Oct. 11 - Oct. 20 Not in WMUs 4J or 8C
Regular Oct. 21 - Dec. 3 None
Muzzleloading Oct. 14 - Oct. 20, Dec. 4 - Dec. 10 Selected WMUs

 

Southern Zone

Season Type Dates Exclusions
Early Antlerless Sept. 9 - 17 Selected WMUs
Crossbow Nov. 4 - Nov. 17 Not in WMUs 4J or 8C
Regular Nov. 18 - Dec. 10 None
Muzzleloading Dec. 11 - Dec. 19, Dec. 26 - Jan. 1 Except WMUs 4J and 8C
Westchester County (WMU 3S) & Suffolk County (WMU 1C)
Season Type Dates Method
Early Antlerless Sept. 9 - 17 Bowhunting only (NO CROSSBOW)
Regular Oct. 1 - Dec. 31 (Westchester) <br> Oct. 1, 2023 - Jan. 31, 2024 (Suffolk) Bowhunting only (NO CROSSBOW)

Bear Hunting Season

New York State Crossbow Hunting Season Dates

Northern Zone

Season Type Dates Shaded Portions
Crossbow Oct. 12 - Oct. 21 Yellow and Brown
Regular Sept. 17 - Dec. 4 Yellow and Brown
Muzzleloading Oct. 15 - Oct. 21 Yellow and Brown

 

Southern Zone

Season Type Dates Shaded Portions
Early Sept. 9 - Sept. 24 Orange, Green
Crossbow Nov. 4 - Nov. 17 Orange, Green (Not in WMUs 3S, 4J, 8C)
Regular Nov. 18 - Dec. 10 Orange, Green
Muzzleloading Dec. 11 - Dec. 19 Orange, Green

 

Westchester County

Season Type Dates Method
Regular Oct. 1 - Dec. 31 Bowhunting only (NO CROSSBOW)

Turkey Hunting Season (2023)

Season Dates
Spring May 1 - May 31
Fall Oct. 1 - Oct. 14, Oct. 15 - Oct. 28, Nov. 19 - Dec. 2

Small Game Hunting Season (2023-2024)

Game Type Season Dates
Squirrel Sept. 1, 2023 - Feb. 29, 2024
Rabbit Oct. 1, 2023 - Mar. 17, 2024

Game Bird Hunting Season (2023-2024)

Game Type Season Dates
Ruffed Grouse North Zone: Sept. 20, 2023 - Feb. 29, 2024 South Zone: Oct. 1, 2023 - Feb. 29, 2024
Pheasant Various dates from Oct. 21, 2023 - Feb. 1, 2024
Quail Oct. 1, 2023 - Feb. 29, 2024 

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