DEC Proposes Special Christmastime Deer Season

The New York DEC recently issued a proposed change to its agency rules that would establish a special bow and muzzleloader deer season in the Southern Zone in December.  If approved, the season would run during the Christmas and New Year holiday week.  The proposed regulations also run the regular deer season for 23 days beginning on the 3rd Saturday in November.

This rulemaking will provide additional opportunity for New York deer hunters and their families by creating a second portion of the late bow and muzzleloading deer seasons in the Southern Zone, adding the holiday week of December 26 through January 1.

DEC, in support of its rule change, noted that during the Christmas to New Year holiday week families gather, many people are off from work, and students are on school break.  This provides time for families to hunt together, share memories and make new ones, and gather venison for the next year.  This new opportunity is consistent with the department’s efforts to recruit, retain, and reactivate New York hunters.  The additional season is proposed for the Southern Zone only because in many years and in many parts of the Northern Zone deer may already be moving to wintering areas by Christmas.  

While the comment period was set to close on November 16, persons wishing to write to DEC to support the proposal or to obtain additional information may contact DEC in Albany:

Jeremy Hurst
NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
625 Broadway, 5th Fl.
Albany, NY 12233-4754
Telephone: (518) 402-8867

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