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New York's most popular hunting season begins at sunrise on Saturday

Deer & Bear season continues thru December 8
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Posted at 12:21 PM, Nov 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-15 12:21:23-05

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Hunters are gearing up for New York's most popular hunting season. Big game hunting for deer and bear in New York's Southern Zone begins at sunrise on Saturday, November 16.

“The regular firearms season for deer in the Southern Zone draws hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers afield each year to hunt big game. It’s a cherished annual tradition in New York State,” said Commissioner Basil Seggos. “New York's deer and bear populations are tremendous resources that provide more than 11 million pounds of quality, locally grown, organic meat to families across the state. I wish all hunters a safe and successful season.”

The season continues through Sunday, December 8.

The DEC is also reminding hunters to play it safe with these important tips:

  1. Point your gun in a safe direction;
  2. Treat every gun as if it were loaded;
  3. Be sure of your target and beyond; and
  4. Keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot.

Other Reminders for the 2019 Southern Zone Regular Hunting Season: (Courtesy, DEC)

  • Choose non-lead ammunition for high-quality meat and reduced risk of lead exposure to your family and wildlife.
  • Hunger Has A Cure. The Venison Donation Program is a way to help those less fortunate while also assisting with deer management in New York.