Deer hunting season opens in Southern Zone on Saturday

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(WSYR-TV) — A big weekend for hunters in Central New York. Saturday is opening day for deer hunting in the Southern Zone. The regular season spans through December 13.

Deer hunting can occur from sunrise to sunset in the permitted zones. The Southern Zone includes all of Central New York.

Courtesy: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

The final day of the regular deer hunting season in the Southern Zone is December 13. Hunters in the Southern Zone can continue to hunt deer until December 22, but after December 13 all hunters must use a crossbow to hunt.

Health reminders if you are heading out to hunt:

The DEC reminds New Yorkers to “play smart, play safe and play local,” meaning social distancing, wearing face masks, and planning trips ahead of time.

AAA reminds drivers hunting will stir the deer population, so be extra cautious on the roads, and scan for deer and other animals. Both Onondaga and Oneida counties are in the top 11 counties for animal-involved accidents.


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