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Deer Hunting Tag Descriptions

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Deer Tag Descriptions For all season dates see Deer Hunting Seasons. See Deer Hunting Privileges & Tags for privilege information.

Tag Can Be Used In

tag is Valid for

Regular Season Deer Tag Only you may hunt with this tag. No transferring tag to another hunter.

Regular Season

  • Northern Zone Oct 25–Dec 7
  • Southern Zone Nov 15–Dec 7

Westchester County

  • Regular (bowhunting only) Oct 1–Dec 31

Suffolk County

  • Regular (bowhunting only) Oct 1–Dec 31
  • Special Firearms Jan 5–30, 2015
    (weekdays only—special permit, see Big Game Hunting)

Late Season Bowhunting (privilege required)

  • Northern Zone Dec 8–14
  • Southern Zone Dec 8–16

Late Season Muzzleloading (privilege required)

  • Northern Zone Dec 8–14
    (check open areas and dates  on Deer Hunting Seasons).
  • Southern Zone Dec 8–16

Youth Deer Season

  • Oct 11–Oct 13

Antlered Deer Only

Except: May be used for Antlered or Antlerless Deer as follows:

  • In Westchester County (WMU 3S).
  • In Suffolk County (WMU 1C).
  • In areas restricted to bowhunting only. (WMUs 4J and 8C)
  • In late seasons (with bowhunting or muzzleloading privilege).
  • By Junior Hunters during the Youth Deer Hunt, October 11–13, 2014.

Bow/Mz Season Either Sex Tag Only you may hunt with this tag. No transferring tag to another hunter.

Bowhunting Season (privilege required)

  • Northern Zone Sept 27–Oct 24*, Dec 8–14
  • Southern Zone Oct 1–Nov 14, Dec 8–16

Muzzleloading Season (privilege required)

  • Northern Zone Oct 18–24, Dec 8–14
    (check open areas and dates on Deer Hunting Seasons)
  • Southern Zone Dec 8–16

Westchester County

  • Regular (bowhunting only) Oct 1–Dec 31

Suffolk County

  • Regular (bowhunting only) Oct 1–Dec 31
  • Special Firearms Jan 5–30, 2015
    (weekdays only­—special permit; see Big Game Hunting)

Antlered or Antlerless Deer

Bowhunting OR Muzzleloading seasons only (including the regular season in Westchester County and any season in Suffolk County).

Junior Bowhunters will receive this tag, which will be valid in the special bowhunting seasons and during the regular season.

Except:

  • May be used for antlered deer only during muzzleloading seasons
    in certain Northern Zone WMUs (see map on Deer Hunting Seasons).

Bow/Mz Season Antlerless Tag Only you may hunt with this tag. No transferring tag to another hunter.

Bowhunting Season (privilege required)

  • Northern Zone Sept 27–Oct 24*, Dec 8–14
  • Southern Zone Oct 1–Nov 14, Dec 8–16

Muzzleloading Season (privilege required)

  • Northern Zone Oct 18–24, Dec 8–14
    (check open areas and dates on Deer Hunting Seasons)
  • Southern Zone Dec 8–16

Westchester County

  • Regular (bowhunting only) Oct 1–Dec 31

Suffolk County

  • Regular (bowhunting only) Oct 1–Dec 31
  • Special Firearms Jan 5–30, 2015
    (weekdays only—special permit; see Big Game Hunting)

Antlerless Deer Only

Bowhunting OR Muzzleloading seasons only (including the regular season in Westchester County and any season in Suffolk County).

Except:

  • May not be used during muzzleloading seasons in certain Northern Zone WMUs that are Antlered Deer Only areas (see map on Deer Hunting Seasons).

Deer Management Permit Deer Tag

Regular Season

  • Northern Zone Oct 25–Dec 7
  • Southern Zone Nov 15–Dec 7

Bowhunting Season (privilege required)

  • Northern Zone Sept 27–Oct 24*, Dec 8–14
  • Southern Zone Oct 1–Nov 14, Dec 8–16

Muzzleloading Season (privilege required)

  • Northern Zone Oct 18–24, Dec 8–14
    (check open areas and dates on Deer Hunting Seasons)
  • Southern Zone Dec 8–16

Westchester County

  • Regular (bowhunting only) Oct 1–Dec 31

Suffolk County

  • Regular (bowhunting only) Oct 1–Dec 31
  • Special Firearms Jan 5–30, 2015
    (weekdays only—special permit; see Big Game Hunting)

Youth Deer Season

  • Oct 11–Oct 13

Antlerless Deer Only
Valid ONLY for the WMU specified
and printed on the DMP Deer Tag
(Deer Management Permit). See Deer Management Permits.

This is the only tag that can be transferred to another hunter
(see Deer Management Permits for How to Transfer a DMP Deer Carcass Tag).

* For the 2014–2015 season, last year’s tag may also be used when hunting prior to October 1.

For information on which tags may be used when hunting with a crossbow, see Crossbows Are Back.

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