Regular hunting season starts Saturday

Regular hunting season goes until December 8

Mike Baggerman
November 15, 2019 - 1:24 pm

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - Saturday is a day that most hunters in the region circled on their calendar. It's the first day of regular hunting season.

November 16 marks day one of regular hunting season for all of Western New York, a part of the DEC's southern zone.

"Traditionally that's when a big percentage of deer are actually harvested because of the number of people that are in the field," Bill Hilts, an outdoors writer and also the Outdoor Promotions Director for Destination Niagara USA, said.

He said that there has been a downward trend in the number of hunters over the years but there are programs around the state that are trying to encourage people to take up the sport.

"Cooperative extension in some regions of the state like Rochester and Hudson Valley and up around the Albany area are implementing a program through Quality Deer Management Association and deer management groups to try and encourage more people to take advantage of hunting," he said. "There's a lot of advantages to going out there and harvesting your own meat because of the quality of meat that you are taking after the hunt is complete. We're hoping to see a little bit of an upward trend in the near future."

Hilts reminds all hunters to always identify the target and to look at what's beyond it before even taking the safety off your gun. He also said it's important to wear hunter orange or fluorescent pink, which is mandatory for kids who are hunting.

Early bowhunting began on October 1 while crossbow season began November 2. Both of those seasons end Friday.

Regular hunting season ends on December 8. Late bowhunting season goes from December 9 to 17.

A summary of the 2019-2020 hunting season can be found here

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