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Deer Tag Descriptions

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For all season dates, see Deer Hunting Season Dates. See Licenses, Permits, & Fees for privilege information.

Tag Name

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
  • Southern Zone

Westchester County

  • Regular (bowhunting only)

Suffolk County

  • Regular (bowhunting only)
  • Special Firearms (special permit, see Big Game Hunting)

Late Season Bowhunting (privilege required)

  • Northern Zone
  • Southern Zone

Late Season Muzzleloading (privilege required)

  • Northern Zone
    (check open areas and dates on map on Big Game Hunting)
  • Southern Zone

Youth Deer Season

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
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
  • Southern Zone

Muzzleloading Season (privilege required)

Westchester County

  • Regular (bowhunting only)

Suffolk County

  • Regular (bowhunting only)
  • Special Firearms (special permit; see Big Game Hunting)

! Not valid during the Northern or Southern Zone Regular Seasons or Youth Hunt.

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 Deer Hunting Season Dates).
Bow/Mz Season
Antlerless Tag
Only you may hunt with this tag. No transferring tag to another hunter.
Bowhunting Season (privilege required)

  • Northern Zone
  • Southern Zone

Muzzleloading Season (privilege required)

Westchester County

  • Regular (bowhunting only)

Suffolk County

  • Regular (bowhunting only)
  • Special Firearms (special permit; see Big Game Hunting)

    ! Not valid during the Northern or Southern Zone Regular Seasonsor Youth Hunt.

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 Deer Hunting Season Dates).
Deer Management Permit Deer Tag Any Open Deer Season Antlerless Deer Only

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

!

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

For information on which tags may be used when hunting with a crossbow, see Big Game Hunting.