(WSYR-TV) — New York State’s DEC has announced the opening dates for several small game hunting seasons.
Some are starting as soon as the end of next week.
Special Waterfowl Hunting for youth, active-duty and veterans
Hunting seasons for waterfowl — ducks, geese and brant — start in early October in many parts of the state.
However, there are opportunities for youth hunters to get an early start in different regions of New York State:
- Sept. 19 and Sept. 20 in the Northeast and Southeast zones
- Sept. 26 and Sept. 27 in the Lake Champlain zone
- Oct. 3 and Oct. 4 in the Western Zone
- Oct. 7 and Oct. 8 in the Long Island zone
Special hunting opportunities for active-duty military personnel and veterans are as followed:
- Sept. 19 and Sept. 20 in Northeast zone
- Oct. 10 and Oct. 11 in the Southeast zone
- Nov. 11 and Nov. 14 in Western zone
- Nov. 14 and Nov. 15 in Long Island zone
Ruffed Grouse Hunting
Ruffed grouse hunting starts on Oct. 1 and runs through the last day of February in most areas of the state.
In Northern New York, the season starts on Sept. 20.
In New York City and Long Island, the season is closed.
Approximately 30,000 adult pheasants will be released on lands open to public hunting for the upcoming fall season.
The hunting season dates are as followed:
- Oct. 1 in Northern and Eastern portions of New York
- Oct. 17 in Central and Western portions of New York
- Oct. 1 on Long Island
In Western New York, the youth pheasant hunt weekend is Oct. 10 and Oct. 11.
In Northern and Eastern New York, the youth pheasant hunt weekend is Sept. 26 and Sept. 27.
On Long Island, the youth pheasant hunt weekend is on Oct. 24 and Oct. 25.
Squirrel, Rabbit and Hare Hunting
Squirrel season started on Sept. 1 in Upstate New York and will begin Nov. 1 on Long Island.
Rabbit hunting starts on Oct. 1 in Upstate New York and on Nov. 1 on Long Island.
Snowshoe hare or varying hare season starts Oct. 1 in the Northern Zone. Hare hunters in the Southern Zone, where the season starts in late fall or early winter, are encouraged to report their observations to the DEC.
Wild Turkey Hunting
According to the DEC, turkey hunters can expect to see more birds this fall.
Season dates for the fall are as followed:
- Oct. 1 to Oct. 14 — Northern Zone
- Oct. 17 to Oct. 30 — Southern Zone
- Oct. 21 to Dec. 4 in Suffolk County, Long Island
The statewide season bag limit is one bird of either gender.
Hunting hours are from sunrise to sunset.