Deer Hunting in New York 2013

New York, Antler Nation State, Deer Hunting in New York

New York



Est. Whitetail Population


No. Licenses Sold Annually


Resident big game license is $29; archery is $21; muzzleloader is $21.

Resident hunting license and deer permit


Non-resident big game license $140; archery is $140; firearms is $140.

Non-resident hunting license and deer permit

198 3/8"

Taken by Roosevelt Luckey in Allegany County in 1939, ranked No. 25 of all time.

Record B&C Typical Stat


Total B&C Typical Entries

244 2/8"

Taken by Homer Boylan in Allegany County in 1939, ranked No. 141 of all time.

Record B&C Non-Typical Stat


Record B&C Non-Typical Entries

Season Dates (2013): Northern zone - Archery: Sept. 27 through Oct. 25. Firearm: Oct. 26 to Dec. 8. Muzzleloader: Oct. 19-25 then again Dec. 9-15. Southern zone - Archery: Oct. 1 to Nov. 15 then Dec. 9-17. Firearm: Nov. 16 to Dec. 8. Muzzleloader: Dec. 9-17.

The Grade: B+

There's a lot to like about New York deer hunting. Deer numbers are pushing a million animals. Variety abounds - from good suburban hunting in the layers of counties surrounding New York City; to classic farmland in the west; the wilderness Adirondacks; traditional deer camps in the Catskills; and more farmland in the northwest. Public land opportunities are good, especially in the mountains, but elsewhere too (see here). Tags are numerous and over the counter. Access can be difficult to get in private land areas, holding New York back just a little bit, and for a state this size, it's underrepresented in the trophy record books.

Antler Nation Knowledge: Interesting New York record book buck factoid: Both the state's typical and non-typical record bucks came from same county (Allegany) in the same year (1939), and there are only three total bucks from Allegany County in the book. So, 1939 must have been a very good year in Allegany County!