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Summary of Hunting Season Dates

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For further information regarding specific bag limits and seasons please visit the pages noted below. No hunting on Sunday.

Open Season
(All Dates Inclusive)

Black Bear See Black bear for bag limits

Black Bear (Big Game)

Zones 1–14

Sept. 3 – Sept. 21
Nov. 4 – Nov. 23
Dec. 2 – Dec. 14

Upland Game Birds* See Upland Game Birds for bag limits

Crow

Zones 1–14

Jan. 1 – April 10
July 1 – April 10, 2020

Pheasant

Zones 1–14

Oct. 19 – Nov. 30

Youth Hunt

See Outdoor Skills Program.

Quail

Zones 11–14

Oct. 19 – Nov. 30

Ruffed Grouse

Zones 1–14

Oct. 19 – Nov. 30

Wild Turkey (Big Game)

Spring: Zones 1–13

April 29 – May 25

Fall: Zones 1–13

Oct. 21 – Nov. 2

Youth Hunt: Zones 1–13

April 27 (special restrictions apply**)

Deer See Deer Hunting for bag limits

Deer (Big Game)

Youth Deer Hunt

Sept. 28

Paraplegic Hunt

Oct. 31 – Nov. 2

Archery

Zones 1–9: Oct. 21 – Nov. 30
Zones 10–14: Oct. 7 – Nov. 30

Shotgun

Dec. 2 – Dec. 14

Primitive Firearms

Dec. 16 – Dec. 31

Rabbits & Squirrels See Rabbits & Squirrel Hunting for bag limits

Cottontail
Rabbit

Zones 1–12

Jan. 1 – Feb. 28
Oct. 19 – Feb. 29, 2020

Zones 13 and 14

Jan. 1 – Feb. 28
Nov. 15 – Feb. 29, 2020

Snowshoe Hare

Zones 1–4

Jan. 1 – Feb. 28
Oct 19, 2019 – Feb 29, 2020

Zones 5–12

Jan. 1 – Feb. 5
Oct. 19 – Feb. 5, 2020

Zones 13 and 14

Jan. 1 – Feb. 5
Nov. 15 – Feb. 5, 2020

Gray Squirrel

Zones 1–9

Sept. 9 – Jan. 2, 2020

Zones 10–14

Oct. 19 – Jan. 2, 2020

Furbearers See Furbearer Hunting for bag limits

Bobcat

Zones 1–8

Jan. 1 – Mar. 8

Dec 20, 2019 – March 7, 2020

Coyote

Zones 1–14

Jan. 1 – Mar. 8

Oct 19, 2019 – March 7, 2020

Fox (red or gray)

Zones 1–14

Jan. 1 – Feb. 28

Nov 1, 2019 – Feb 29, 2020

Opossum

Zones 1–14

Jan. 1 – Jan. 31
Oct. 1 – Jan. 31, 2020

Raccoon

Zones 1–14

Jan. 1 – Jan. 31
Oct. 1 – Jan. 31, 2020