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Small Game Season Dates & Bag Limits

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Cottontail Rabbit Hunting

Hunting Hours: Sunrise to Sunset

Season Dates 2018/2019 Daily Bag Limits
Oct. 1–Mar. 17 6
Oct. 1–Feb. 28 6
Nov. 1–Feb. 28 6

Varying Hare Rabbit Hunting

Hunting Hours: Sunrise to Sunset

Season Dates 2018/2019 Daily Bag
Limits
Oct. 1–Mar. 17 6
Jan. 1–Jan. 31 2
Dec. 10–Feb. 28 2
Closed

Got Hare?

DEC wants to learn more about the distribution of hare. You can report your observations online at www.dec.ny.gov/animals/30770.html or e-mail us at wildlife@dec.ny.gov! Thanks for your help!

Gray, Black & Fox Squirrel Hunting

Hunting Hours: Sunrise to Sunset

Season Dates
2018/2019
Daily Bag
Limits
Sept. 1–Feb. 28 6
Nov. 1–Feb. 28 6

Pheasant Hunting

Hunting Hours: Sunrise to Sunset

Cocks only
Cocks & hens
Cocks only east of
Shinnecock Canal & Inlet
2018/2019
Regular Season Dates
2018
Youth Hunt Dates

Bag Limits

Daily

Season

Oct. 20–Dec. 31 Oct. 13–Oct. 14

2

Oct. 20–Feb. 28 Oct. 13–Oct. 14

2

Oct. 1–Feb. 28 Sept. 29–Sept. 30

2

Nov. 1–Dec. 31 Oct. 27–Oct. 28t

2*/4**

30

Nov. 1–Dec. 31 Oct. 27–Oct. 28

2*/4**

30

Bobwhite Quail Hunting

Hunting Hours: Sunrise to Sunset

Season Dates 2018/2019

Bag Limits

Daily

Season

Oct. 1–Feb. 28

4

10

Nov. 1–Dec. 31

6

40

Closed

Ruffed Grouse Hunting

Hunting Hours: Sunrise to Sunset

Season Dates
2018/2019

Daily Bag Limits

Sept. 20–Feb. 28

4

Oct. 1–Feb. 28

4

Closed

Attention

The New England cottontail was a candidate for the federal Endangered Species Act, but as a result of ongoing conservation activities, it was determined that this was not necessary. It’s important that we continue to collect information on this species and conduct conservation activities and you can help! If you hunt or own property in WMUs 3F, 3G, 3N, 3S, 4C, 4K, 4L, 4Z, 4U, 4T, or 4Y and would like to assist with survey efforts or habitat management, please call 518-402-8929 or email wildlife@dec.ny.gov.

 

Attention

If you would like to raise and release pheasants to increase pheasant hunting
opportunities, please e-mail us at wildlife@dec.ny.gov and type “pheasants” in the subject line or call (607) 273-2768. For a list of hunting areas where pheasants are released, contact a DEC Regional Wildlife Office (on Important Numbers) or visit our website at www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/9349.html

 

Youth Pheasant Hunt

Junior hunters (ages 12–15) must be accompanied by a licensed adult hunter. Only the junior hunter may carry a firearm.

 

Attention Grouse Hunters

You may not shoot woodcock unless you have registered in the Harvest Information Program. To register, go to www.dec.ny.gov/permits/6405.html or call 1-888-427-5447. (See woodcock season dates, Migratory Game Bird Hunting Season Dates & Bag Limits.)

 

Attention

DEC is seeking grouse hunters to participate in a survey to help monitor ruffed grouse populations. For more information, please e-mail us at wildlife@dec.ny.gov and type “grouse log” in the subject line, call (518) 402-8883, or visit www.dec.ny.gov/animals/9351.html