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Special Seasons Designated for Young Hunters

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trista.jpgTake A Junior Hunter Afield During These Special Seasons

Once again, DEC is providing a special youth deer season over the 3-day Columbus Day weekend. Junior hunters (ages 14–15) will be eligible to take one deer with a firearm during this season and may use a Deer Management Permit, Deer Management Assistance Program tag, or a regular season tag. During the youth firearms deer season, junior hunters may take a deer of either sex on a regular season tag. Rules of the Junior Hunter Mentoring Program also apply.

devon.jpgDEC also offers special opportunities for junior hunters (ages 12–15) for waterfowl, wild turkey, and pheasants.

For all youth hunts, junior hunters must be accompanied by an adult hunter. Both the junior and adult hunters are required to have a big game license for the youth deer season, a small game license and a turkey permit for the turkey hunt, and a current HIP registration for the waterfowl hunt. Adults are not allowed to possess a firearm or bow or to harvest an animal while accompanying a junior hunter during the special seasons. A 2012/13 hunting license is needed to hunt on any youth day in September, and a 2013/14 license is needed after October 1st.

Youth Pheasant Hunt

Northern and Eastern New York

September 28–29, 2013

Western New York

October 12–13, 2013

Long Island

October 26–27, 2013

Youth Waterfowl Hunt

Waterfowl Hunting Zone

Tentative Dates


September 21–22, 2013


September 28–29, 2013

Lake Champlain

September 28–29, 2013


October 12–13, 2013

Long Island

November 9–10, 2013

Youth Wild Turkey Hunt

Upstate NY (north of Bronx-Westchester Co. boundary) and Suffolk County

April 26–27, 2014

Youth Firearms Deer Hunt

Upstate NY (north of Bronx-Westchester Co. boundary; excluding bowhunting-only WMUs)

Columbus Day Weekend; October 12-14, 2013

Regulations in red are new this year.

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