Steuben County - Ranked #1 for Deer Hunting

Steuben County, located in the Southern Tier of New York is a premier hunting destination for sportsmen. With more deer per square mile in Steuben than any other county in New York State, some of the best hunting for big and small game alike can be found throughout the Finger Lakes Region.

New York Game & Fish Magazine has named Steuben County the "perennial chart-topper," for its abundant big game habitats, including white-tailed deer and black bear. Each year, more hunters harvest a trophy buck in Steuben County than anywhere else in NY.

Professional and recreational hunters enjoy access to the region's 28,000 acres of state-owned and managed lands, from the remote corners of Steuben County to privately owned hunting preserves. For a more in-depth sportsman experience, professional licensed hunting guides' services offer overnight accommodations and semi-guided and guided hunting expeditions.


Big game season in the Southern Tier starts late in the fall. Archers can begin bow-hunting in October, and the season lasts through mid-November. Regular hunting season for deer opens mid-November and for the next three weeks, hunters can search for a trophy buck or bear in Steuben County's vast forests. Muzzloader season spans nine days at the end of the year, kicking off in December.

This year, take the hunting trip of a lifetime close to home and experience New York's best hunting in Steuben County's wild forests.


NYS Sportsman Education Program

Statewide lists of classes, Learn about hunting online for FREE, Hunting tips and much more! Sportsmen Education Office for Region 8 for Orleans, Monroe, Wayne, Genesee, Livingston, Ontario, Yates, Seneca, Steuben, Schuyler and Chemung counties.
Phone: 585 226-2466 (then dial "1", and then "4")

Public Hunting Lands in Steuben County

To receive a New York State Department of Environmental Conservation State Forests & Wildlife Management Areas booklet, which includes an overall reference map, individual maps for the 53 sections of Region 8 and rules and regulations regarding the land, please contact:

6274 E. Avon-Lima Rd.
Avon, NY 14414
Phone: (585) 226-2466
7291 Coon Rd.
Bath, NY 14810
Phone: (607) 776-2165 ex. 10