“. . . located on the southern border of New York and has over 28,000 acres of public hunting land. More trophy whitetail deer are harvested in Steuben County than any other county in New York. That being said, Steuben County is the number-one place we want to hunt in New York this season.”

Dustin Prievo, Wide Open Spaces

Hunting Seasons

Located in the “Southern Zone” of Region 8, Steuben County is not only New York State’s perennial chart topper for whitetail dear, it’s also a place were you can use bow, crossbow, muzzleloader, handgun, shotgun, and rifle for regular deer season, as well as early and regular bear seasons.

Here’s a printable PDF from the Department of Conservation with all the 2019-2020 Hunting Seasons.

Bob Magee

Deer Seasons

Regular & Bow Hunting Deer Seasons

  • October 1 - November 15: Early Bowhunting
  • November 2 - November 15: Crossbow
  • November 16- December 8: Regular (opens Saturday)
  • December 9 - December 17: Late Bowhunting

Muzzleloading Season

December 9 - December 17: Deer of Either Sex

Note: crossbows may be used to hunt deer during Southern Zone Muzzleloader season.

For information about the Antler Restrictions Program, visit this page at the DEC.

Black Bear Seasons

  • October 1 - November 15: Early Bowhunting
  • November 2 - November 15: Crossbow
  • November 16 - December 8: Regular (opens Saturday)
  • December 9 - December 17: Late Bowhunting
  • December 9 - December 17: Late Muzzleloading

Note: crossbows may be used to hunt bear during early bear seasons, muzzleloader seasons, and regular firearms seasons in Southern Zone.

Over 100 black bear were killed in Steuben County in 2017, making it one of the top counties in the entire state. More info here.

Wild Turkey
Bob Magee

Turkey Hunting Seasons

Fall 2019 Season

October 19 - November 1

Season Limit (1 (one) bird of either sex)

Hunting Hours - Sunrise to Sunset


For more NYS Turkey Hunting Information, visit: https://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/8366.html.

For information on hunting Migratory Game Birds or Crows, visit the DEC’s website: https://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/28175.html.

Furbearer Hunting

Coyote, bobcat, raccoon, red fox, gray fox, opossum, skunk, weasel, mink, and muskrat may be hunted, but mink and muskrat may only be hunted under special conditions. For specific information, visit: https://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/45559.html.

You may hunt furbearers using a handgun, shotgun, rifle, bow, or crossbow. All laws pertaining to the use of firearms apply.

Note - Crossbows may not be used while hunting with a dog for any small game, except for coyotes, in the Northern Zone.

For further information on implements permitted for use and other regulations, visit: https://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/45559.html.

Red Fox
Bob Magee

If you're planning a trip and want to know future hunting season dates:

Early Bear (some Wildlife Management Units)
16 consecutive days beginning the first Saturday after Labor Day.

Early Bowhunting - Deer & Bear
October 1 through the Friday immediately preceding regular season.

Regular - Deer & Bear
23 days beginning the third Saturday of November.

Late Bow and Muzzleloading - Deer & Bear
9 consecutive days immediately following the regular season.

For additional up-to-date information on hunting season dates, visit here

For Hunting Licenses and Regulations, click here.

For information on where to hunt in Steuben County, click here.