Choose your state

AlabamaAlabama Hunting & Fishing

AlaskaAlaska Drivers ManualAlaska Motorcycle ManualAlaska Commercial DriversAlaska Waterfowl HuntingAlaska Hunting

ArizonaArizona HuntingArizona Waterfowl Hunting

ArkansasArkansas HuntingArkansas Waterfowl Hunting

CaliforniaCalifornia Big Game HuntingCalifornia Freshwater FishingCalifornia Fishing SupplementCalifornia Waterfowl & Upland Game & Public LandsCalifornia Saltwater FishingCalifornia Mammal Hunting

ColoradoColorado HuntingColorado Waterfowl Hunting

ConnecticutConnecticut FishingConnecticut Hunting

DelawareDelaware HuntingDelaware Fishing

FloridaFlorida HuntingFlorida Saltwater FishingFlorida Freshwater Fishing

GeorgiaGeorgia Alcohol & Drug Awareness ProgramGeorgia HuntingGeorgia Commercial DriversGeorgia Drivers ManualGeorgia Motorcycle Manual40-Hour Parent/Teen Driving GuideGeorgia Fishing

HawaiiHawaii Hunting

IdahoIdaho HuntingIdaho Deer HuntingIdaho Waterfowl Hunting

IllinoisIllinois HuntingIllinois Waterfowl Hunting

IndianaIndiana HuntingIndiana Fishing

IowaIowa HuntingIowa Waterfowl Hunting

KansasKansas HuntingKansas Waterfowl Hunting

KentuckyKentucky HuntingKentucky Waterfowl Hunting

LouisianaLouisiana Hunting

MaineMaine HuntingMaine FishingMaine ATV & Snowmobile

MarylandMaryland FishingMaryland Hunting

MassachusettsMassachusetts Saltwater FishingMassachusetts Hunting & Fishing

MichiganMichigan FishingMichigan HuntingMichigan Waterfowl Hunting

MinnesotaMinnesota HuntingMinnesota Waterfowl Hunting

MississippiMississippi Hunting & Fishing

MissouriMissouri HuntingMissouri Waterfowl Hunting

MontanaMontana HuntingMontana Deer HuntingMontana Waterfowl Hunting

NebraskaNebraska HuntingNebraska Deer HuntingNebraska Waterfowl Hunting

NevadaNevada FishingNevada Small Game HuntingNevada Big Game HuntingNevada Hunting Applications

New HampshireNew Hampshire Freshwater FishingNew Hampshire Saltwater FishingNew Hampshire HuntingNew Hampshire ATV & Snowmobile

New JerseyNew Jersey Saltwater FishingNew Jersey HuntingNew Jersey Freshwater Fishing

New MexicoNew Mexico HuntingNew Mexico Hunting Rules & Info – 2016-2017New Mexico Waterfowl Hunting

New YorkNew York HuntingNew York Fishing

North CarolinaNorth Carolina HuntingNorth Carolina Waterfowl Hunting

North DakotaNorth Dakota HuntingNorth Dakota Deer HuntingNorth Dakota Waterfowl Hunting

OhioOhio HuntingOhio Fishing

OklahomaOklahoma FishingOklahoma Hunting

OregonOregon Game Bird HuntingOregon FishingOregon Big Game Hunting

PennsylvaniaPennsylvania HuntingPennsylvania Waterfowl Hunting

Rhode IslandRhode Island Saltwater Fishing Regulations GuideRhode Island HuntingRhode Island Freshwater Fishing

South CarolinaSouth Carolina Hunting & Fishing

South DakotaSouth Dakota HuntingSouth Dakota Waterfowl Hunting

TennesseeTennessee HuntingTennessee Waterfowl Hunting

TexasTexas HuntingTexas Waterfowl Hunting

UtahUtah HuntingUtah Deer HuntingUtah Waterfowl Hunting

VermontVermont HuntingVermont Fishing

VirginiaVirginia Migratory Game Bird HuntingVirginia HuntingVirginia Fishing

WashingtonWashington HuntingWashington Deer HuntingWashington Waterfowl Hunting

West VirginiaWest Virginia HuntingWest Virginia Waterfowl Hunting

WisconsinWisconsin HuntingWisconsin Deer HuntingWisconsin Waterfowl Hunting

WyomingWyoming HuntingWyoming Deer HuntingWyoming Waterfowl Hunting

Logo

Buck Hunting in NY

Hunting Regulations Icon New York Hunting

Your choices affect your experience!

Buck hunting has been changing in New York, with more hunters opting to voluntarily pass up shots at young, small-antlered bucks in favor of letting them grow to be older, larger bucks.

Invest Now For a Bigger Return Later

When you and your hunting companions choose to pass up shots on young bucks, there is a great chance those bucks will be available the following year, providing substantially more meat and larger antlers. Older bucks also create more rubs, scrapes and vocalizations during the rut and can enhance your hunting experience.

Focus on the Whole Herd and the Habitat

Doe harvest is important statewide and is particularly critical in areas where deer populations are above the target levels, such as in northern portions of central and western New York. In these areas, and wherever antlerless permits are available, choosing to take a doe instead of a young buck will help bring deer densities into better balance with both the habitat and public desires. Additionally, creating young forest on lands you own or manage will enhance the natural forage and cover for deer, which in turn, will increase deer body and antler size and boost deer productivity and survival.

Make it a Community Affair

Cooperating with your neighbors and hunting partners to reduce harvest of young bucks, meet your antlerless harvest goals, and improve habitat conditions can magnify your impact and increase the rate at which you see changes in the woods and in the deer you take. Deer hunting cooperatives have been growing in New York, and they start with a conversation about deer among friends and neighbors.

Have Realistic Expectations

While many hunters want the opportunity to take a bigger bucks, the bucks frequently shown in magazines, on TV shows, and plastered on hunting-related products are rare in the wild. To help hunters better understand what buck populations look like in New York and have realistic expectations of what they might encounter afield, in 2015 and 2016 we collected additional antler measurements from 2,176 bucks across the state. As we gather more data, we’ll be able to provide these summaries at geographic scales that more closely reflect local populations. But the picture is already clear; when hunters choose to let yearling bucks go, they do grow – with antlers nearly doubling in size from 1.5 to 2.5 years of age.

Average New York Adult Buck

Buck Age

Total Points

Inside Spread (inches)

Main Beam Length (inches)

Gross B & C Score (estimate)

1.5

4

8.5

9.8

47

2.5

7

13.5

15.4

90

≥3.5

8

15.5

18.1

110

Learn the Differences between Young and Older Bucks

These bucks from Washington County, NY demonstrate typical body size and antler differences between yearlings and 2.5 and 3.5 year old bucks. Looking at the number of antler points often isn’t enough to tell you the age of a buck; 5-10% of yearling bucks (1.5 years old) have 8-point racks. Taking the time to get a good look at the whole body will help greatly in evaluating age. Photos courtesy of QDMA.

Yearling Buck
(1.5 years old)

Older Buck

Body Size similar to adult doe larger than adult doe
Legs appear long and skinny appear more stocky due to deeper chest
Muscles often not clearly defined well defined in shoulders and thighs
Body Shape slender, belly tucks up belly flat or even sagging
Antlers thin, spread narrower than ear tips Thicker, spread almost as wide as ear tips on 2.5-year-old buck; wider if older