Highlights of Changes for 2020–2021
New York Hunting
Changes to Regulations to Prevent the Spread of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD)
To prevent the introduction of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) to New York, hunters are prohibited from returning to the state with whole carcasses or intact heads of deer, elk, moose, or caribou that they harvest anywhere outside of New York. For more information read the CWD information on Chronic Wasting Disease and visit https://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/8325.html.
Deer and Moose Feeding Prohibited
DEC adopted regulations to strengthen and clarify the existing prohibition on feeding deer and moose. Intentional feeding, including placing mineral blocks, is prohibited at all times of year. Products packaged to be sold as a food or attractant for deer or moose are required to carry a label stating that such use is illegal in New York. For more information visit https://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/7197.html.
New Early Bear Hunting Opportunity in Wildlife Management Unit 4W
Regulations were adopted to offer an early bear season in Wildlife Management Unit 4W (portions of Delaware and Sullivan counties) to address a growing bear population and associated human-bear conflicts in this area. WMU 4W joins 10 other WMUs in southeastern New York with September bear hunting opportunity. For details see the Bear Hunting Seasons map on Bear Hunting.
Additional Waterfowl Hunting Opportunity for Active-Duty Military and Veterans
As of 2020, states can offer two additional dates that allow active-duty military and veterans to hunt waterfowl. DEC worked with the Waterfowl Task Forces in each zone to select two days for this purpose. When this guide was printed regulations to provide additional hunting days for active duty military personnel and veterans were still pending. If approved, dates for each zone will be posted on the DEC website. Visit https://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/28888.html.
Changes to Trapping Season Dates for Mink, Muskrat, and Beaver
Based on input from trappers and management needs for species like beaver, DEC proposed regulations modifying season dates for mink, muskrat, and beaver. When this guide was printed the proposed regulations were still pending. If approved, revised season dates for these species will be posted on the DEC website. Visit https://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/45551.html.
New Hunting Season Summary
New in this year’s Hunting and Trapping Regulations Guide is a four-page summary of hunting season maps and dates that you can pull out of the guide and take with you into the field. Hunting Season Summary (PDF)